“Australia has an aging population and it’s good to know that seniors, those who are aged over 60, are being given a fair go when it comes to both public transport travel and private enterprise travel.”
There are a couple of conditions which determine suitability for a Seniors Card, but the two main criteria are that you must be over 60 and that you must not be in full time work. You can be in casual or part time work, but you just can’t work full time.
When it comes to travel on public transport, the benefits are fantastic, although there are variations in each state.
For just $2.50 Seniors Card holders can have almost unlimited travel on the New South Wales public transport systems extensive network. This includes travel on buses, trains and ferries. The card gives you unlimited all day travel in the Sydney metropolitan and outer metropolitan areas, including Newcastle, the Lower Hunter, the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and the Illawarra on trains, buses, Light rail and regular ferry services on Sydney Ferries.
Victoria has slightly different rules where every Seniors Card holder receives free off-peak travel vouchers each year in the mail to use on public transport and each voucher can be exchanged for either: a V/Line off-peak daily ticket (going out and back on the same day); two V/Line off-peak single tickets (going out on one day and back on another); or a Day Pass for travel in zones 1 and 2.
In Queensland if you have a valid concession card you are entitled to a TransLink travel concession fare. This concession fare is half the adult fare.
South Australia has another variation. The new Seniors Card is part of Adelaide’s metrocard electronic ticketing system which is now operational on all public transport. Seniors Card holders are entitled to travel free on trains, buses and trams in metropolitan Adelaide from 9.01am to 3.00pm on weekdays, all day on weekends and public holidays. At all other times your concession is around 50% of the normal fare.
Tasmania is similar in that Seniors Card holders enjoy unlimited urban travel after 9.00am.
Western Australia offers fare discounts of up to 60 per cent on standard fares for eligible passengers using Transperth bus, train and ferry services, including those that operate in regional towns. You can also travel for free on Perth’s trains, buses and ferries between 9am and 3pm each day.
There are literally hundreds of other discounts to be had as well, including discounts on entrance fees to many tourist attractions and the purchase of many travel products, including accommodation, tours and cruises.