Students

This page provides students with information about travelling on concession fares, concession cards and student passes.

Do students need concession cards? 

16 years and under

If you are a student aged 16 and under (and don't travel with a Student Pass) you can travel on concession fares. You do not need a concession card.

If you wish to use the student pass, then you must also have a Victorian Public Transport Student Concession Card.

17 years and over

If you are a student aged 17 and over, you must carry a valid Victorian Public Transport (VPT) Concession Card to travel on concession fares.

Travelling with a student pass

If you are a primary or secondary student travelling with a Victorian Student Pass or Regional Transit Student Pass, you must also have a Victorian Public Transport (VPT) Student Concession Card with your pass number endorsed on your concession card. The pass and concession card must be carried at all times when travelling.

VPT Student Concession Cards are generally only available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Tertiary students

If you are a tertiary student studying full time and on-campus, you may be eligible to apply for a Victorian Public Transport (VPT) Tertiary Concession Card to travel on concession fares.

VPT Tertiary Concession Cards are generally only available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Eligibility criteria 

Primary and secondary students must be studying full time and attend a school listed in the approved list of schools. Full time VCE and VCAL students studying at TAFE can apply.

Tertiary students must be studying full time and attend an approved undergraduate course that is delivered on-campus at a college or university listed in the Approved Courses in Tertiary Institutions Register.

You must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia (Special Category Visa holders excluded). Students with refugee status, students studying as part of an approved overseas exchange program, or students with an Australian Awards Scholarship are also eligible.

Unfortunately, you can't get a VPT Student or Tertiary Concession Card if you're:

  • enrolled in a masters, doctorate, or other postgraduate course
  • an overseas full-fee paying student (primary, secondary or tertiary)
  • enrolled in a tertiary course which is less than 10 weeks duration
  • enrolled in an apprenticeship course
  • enrolled in an off-campus course
  • studying part time.

Important note: If you are undertaking a postgraduate or part-time course and you are on a low income, you may be eligible for a Health Care Card from Centrelink. This card provides concessions on public transport. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Students who reside in Victoria and cross the border to attend interstate schools listed in the Register of Approved Schools and interstate institutions shown in the List of Courses in Tertiary Institutions are eligible for a VPT Tertiary Concession Card.

ISIC (International Student Identity Card) and school issued student ID cards are not accepted for concession travel on public transport in Victoria.

Student passes 

If you are a primary or secondary student with a Victorian Public Transport (VPT) Student Concession Card, you may be able to buy a yearly or half yearly student pass. The pass provides great savings for regular travellers.

The type of student pass you need depends on where you travel.

Victorian Student Pass

The Victorian Student Pass gives you unlimited travel on metropolitan trains, trams and buses, on all regional town bus services and all V/Line train and coach services operating wholly within Victoria.

The pass is a myki and should be shown to public transport staff on request when travelling on services where myki is not operating.

To travel on this pass, you must also have a Victorian Public Transport (VPT) Student Concession Card with your pass number endorsed on your concession card.  The pass and concession card must be carried at all times when travelling.

To find out how much it costs, see Metropolitan myki fares.

Regional Transit Student Passes

This pass provides you with unlimited travel on buses and V/Line train services within the zone/s covered by your pass.

Passes for Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo are mykis.

Passes for Colac, Portland and Southwest Transit Systems are paper tickets.

To travel on this pass, you must also have a Victorian Public Transport (VPT) Student Concession Card with your pass number endorsed on your concession card.  The pass and concession card must be carried at all times when travelling.

To find out how much it costs, see Regional fares.

Applying for a Victorian Public Transport Student/Tertiary Concession Card or Student Pass 

2016 Victorian Public Transport (VPT) Student/Tertiary Concession Cards and Student Passes are now available for sale and the application forms are available to download below. Primary, secondary or tertiary students who do not already have a concession myki may also receive a free concession myki upon request when applying for your Victorian Public Transport (VPT) Student or Tertiary Concession Card.

For primary and secondary students, you can apply for a Victorian Public Transport (VPT) Student Concession Card or Student Pass by completing the following form:

2016 Victorian Public Transport (VPT) Student Concession Card application form (PDF) 136kB

2016 Victorian Public Transport (VPT) Student Concession Card application form accessible version (RTF) 157kB

For tertiary students, you can apply for a Victorian Public Transport (VPT) Tertiary Concession Card by completing the following form:

2016 Victorian Public Transport (VPT) Tertiary Concession Card application form (PDF) 112kB

2016 Victorian Public Transport (VPT) Tertiary Concession Card application form accessible version (RTF) 111kB

If you are on a Protected Special Category Visa (PSCV) please contact PTV on 1800 800 007 for further information on how to apply for a Victorian Public Transport (VPT) Student Concession Card.

Lodging your application

You can lodge your application at:

  • PTV Hub at 750 Collins Street: Applications are accepted Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm.
  • Premium Stations: Applications are accepted Monday - Friday after 9.30am. Some stations may be unable to process applications between 3.30pm - 6.00pm on weekdays. Also accepted all day Saturday and Sunday.
  • Staffed V/Line stations and V/Line ticket agents: Call 1800 800 007 for locations and operating hours.

Payment

You can pay by cash, debit card, Visa or MasterCard (not all outlets).

Cheques are accepted at metropolitan premium stations and can be made out to 'Metro Trains'. The cheque must have the account holder's name, address, phone number and driver's licence number written on the back of the cheque. Cheques are not accepted at V/Line railway stations.

Other Concession cards for students 

Victorian Health Care Cards

If you are 17 and over (and not travelling with a Student Pass) and have a Victorian Health Care Card, you can use your Health Care Card as proof of your concession entitlement. You do not need to apply for a Victorian Public Transport (VPT) Student Concession Card to travel on concession fares. For more information, see Health Care Cards.

School issued ID cards

A school identification card does not entitle students to buy concession fares.

Home schooled students

Home schooled students requiring a Victorian Public Transport Concession Card (please note a Student Pass is not available as you don’t travel to/from school), can apply by:

  • completing the Victorian Public Transport (VPT) Student Concession Card application form
  • include two passport sized photographs
  • enclosed a photocopy of your current Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority home schooling notification letter; and
  • enclosing a cheque made out to Public Transport Victoria for the $9.00 processing fee; and

mail to:

Home School VPT Student Concession Card applications
PTV Hub
PO BOX 4724
MELBOURNE  VIC  3001

A valid Victorian Public Transport (VPT) Student Concession Card will be posted to the applicant.

Home schooled students are not eligible for a student pass as they do not travel to and from school.

Important things to remember when travelling 

You must carry your concession card with you when travelling on public transport and when travelling with your student pass. If you don't carry the right cards with you when travelling, you risk a fine.

More information 

For more information call Public Transport Victoria on 1800 800 007.