Seniors SmartRider

Issued with the Western Australian Seniors Card.

Who is eligible for Seniors SmartRider?

Conveniently your Seniors SmartRider card is combined with your Western Australian Seniors card. It is double-sided, being a Seniors SmartRider on one side and a WA Seniors card on the other.

With your Seniors SmartRider you will be able to travel for free at the following times:
  • From first service until 6am
  • From 9am until 3.30pm
  • From 7pm until last service
  • All day Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
  • Concession fares at other times
For free off-peak travel on Monday to Friday, start your journey by tagging on before 6am, after 9.00 am or before 3.30 pm and after 7.00pm.

Purchase cost and initial minimum value

Your Seniors SmartRider card is free.

If you want to use it outside the free travel hours, you need to buy a minimum $10.00 initial value.

How to obtain

Applications in person

Apply in person at the WA Seniors Card Centre at Level 2, 140 William Street, Perth.

Applications by mail

You can obtain an application form from most banks, or download one from

WA Seniors Card

Additional things you should know

For free off-peak travel on Monday to Friday, start your journey by tagging on after 9.00 am or before 3.30 pm. This allows you free travel until the transfer period finishes, which is 2 hours for travel up to 4 zones and 3 hours for travel more than 4 zones.

If you tag on outside of the 9 – 3.30pm period you will be charged a concession fare.

If you tag on before 9.00am, you will be charged a concession fare for that journey. You will continue to be charged a concession fare until the expiry of the transfer period, this period being two hours for travel up to four zones and three hours for travel covering five to nine zones.

You must tag on and tag off to receive your free public transport entitlements. If you want to use your Seniors SmartRider outside the free travel period, you need to add value to your card.

Senior SmartRider Registration

Registration of your Seniors SmartRider Card is automatic. For more information, go to Register SmartRider.

SmartRider Benefits

Save 25%

SmartRider gives you a 25% discount on your fare when you use Autoload to top up your card.

Learn about Autoload.


You can use your SmartRider card to pay for parking at some stations.

Learn about Parking.

Frequently Asked SmartRider Questions

What if I lose my SmartRider card?
If you’ve registered your SmartRider and it’s lost or stolen we can transfer your remaining balance to your new card. Unfortunately there’s no protection for unregistered cards. Make sure you let us know as soon as you notice it’s gone so we can hotlist it. For more info go to Lost or Stolen Cards.
How do I tag on and off?
At the start and end of each journey, place your SmartRider card over the picture of the card on a card reader on the bus, on the ferry or at the train station. A beep and green light confirms a successful tag on or tag off. When you tag on, the card reader will display your remaining balance. When you tag off, the card reader will display the amount of the fare deducted and your remaining balance. For more information go to Using SmartRider.
How do I check my SmartRider balance?
There are a number of ways to check your balance. Go to Check SmartRider Balance.
Who is eligible for the student fare?
If you’re a primary or secondary school student you can use the Student SmartRider. You’ll get the student fare for any journey Monday – Friday during the school year and concession fares on the weekend and during the Christmas school holidays.
How do I register my SmartRider card?
There are a number of ways you can register your SmartRider. For details go to Register SmartRider.
What is Autoload?
Autoload enables a direct debit to be made automatically from a nominated bank account or credit card to your SmartRider when the balance on your card falls below the low-value threshold of $6 for standard users and $3 for concession users. Register for Autoload through My Account
Can I use my Digital Wallet as proof of concession?
If you have a Health Care Card or Pensioner Card you can provide proof of your concession entitlement by showing the card on your phone through Centrelink's Digital Wallet.
What is a pending action?
A pending action is a change/update that is waiting to be applied to your SmartRider.

Your SmartRider stores information including your concession status, Autoload status and card balance. When we need to update this information, a pending action is created so that the information on the card can be updated.

Pending actions are generally available to your SmartRider the day following their creation, except BPAY which can take several days to become available. For example if you activate Autoload online through My Account today Autoload will be available to be applied to your card tomorrow.

In order to update your card with this new information you are required to tag on. We recommend that you travel within a week of the pending action being created. Alternatively, if you do not need to travel, you can tag on, wait 15 seconds, and then tag off (preferably at any train station).

This will ensure that the update is applied to your SmartRider. If you do not travel/ tag on in the first week, or if it has been over two weeks since you last used the card, it is possible that the pending action will not be applied to your SmartRider on the first try. If this is the case you will need to travel or tag your SmartRider on and off over two to three consecutive days.

Please contact the Transperth InfoLine (13 62 13) if you have trouble applying a pending action.
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