About the student fare
The student fare is only available when using your Student SmartRider. If you do not have value loaded onto your SmartRider you will need to purchase a cash ticket. The cash ticket will be charged at the concession rate depending on how many zones you travel.
The Student fare is available Monday to Friday from the first to the last school day of the year. Students will be charged a concession fare based on the zones travelled on Saturday, Sunday and during the Summer school holidays.
With the student fare comes a little responsibility – you must stand for adults, especially those with special needs such as seniors, people with disabilities and pregnant women.
If you don’t offer your seat when an adult is standing, a Transperth Authorised Officer may ask you to get up. If you refuse, we can suspend your entitlement to the student fare for 30 days. The suspension period will start seven days after we issue the suspension notice.
During the suspension period you can still use your Student SmartRider, however we will charge you the higher concession fare.
Up to Year 12 concession
Your Student SmartRider card will work on a concession rate while you’re still a student. However if you turn 18 while you’re in secondary school you’ll need to update your card. Initially all ‘Up to Year 12’ concession expiry dates are set to expire on 31 March in the year after the student turns 17. If you attend a secondary school in the year in which you turn 18, you can seek an extension to their ‘Up to Year 12’ concession expiry by one year. You can do this by following the same process that you would use for obtaining a new card.
Secondary Students 19 years and above
If you attend secondary school in the year in which you turn 19 or older, you are ineligible for both the ‘Up to Year 12’ concession and the student fare.
You may apply for a Tertiary SmartRider card through the normal replacement card process. This will give you a Tertiary concession and it will expire on 31 March in the year after you obtain it.
Transferring your balance
If you are ordering a replacement SmartRider your balance should automatically transfer to your new card, however if the balance does not automatically transfer please contact the Transperth InfoLine.
If you are moving from Primary School to High School and require a new SmartRider the balance on the old card won't automatically transfer, you will need to contact the Transperth InfoLine to arrange this.