Auckland Transport offers discounted fares for children and secondary school students aged 5 to 15 years old.
Who can get the child discount
- Children 5 to 15 years of age inclusive are eligible for a child fare.
- Child fares are available on cash paper tickets and on an AT HOP card.
- All secondary students are required to carry their current Auckland Transport approved student ID card with them and present it on request to prove they are eligible for a child fare.
- Student ID cards are not required for primary and intermediate school children, however primary and intermediate students may contact us to request an AT Student ID Card or call on (09) 366 6400.
- Child discounts are automatically applied to a registered AT HOP card based on the child's date of birth. The child and secondary student discount also applies to students travelling on school buses.
99 cent child weekend fare
With the child weekend fare pay just 99 cents for bus and train travel on weekends and public holidays for children 5 to 15 years old using a registered AT HOP card. You can make up to five bus or train trips over a four hour period across any number of fare zones, with up to 30 minutes between each trip. Excludes SkyBus services.
3 steps to get your child concession on your AT HOP card
- Buy an AT HOP card.
- Create MyAT account
- Register AT HOP card online.
How long before it's active on your card and shows in your online account?
After registering your AT HOP card, your child discount concession will be available after it has been processed (usually within 24 hours, but can take up to 72 hours), and will show up in your online account only after you tag on. Tag on within 60 days otherwise the concession discount will expire, if that happens, contact us and we can reload it.
Remember, until the concession is applied to the card, adult fares will be charged.
Step 1: Buy a card
If you don't have an AT HOP card then first buy a card. You need the card number to be able to register the card.
Step 2: Create MyAT account
If you are creating your own MyAT account then follow steps for creating a MyAT account and registering the card for yourself.
For parents or caregivers, first decide how you want to manage your child's AT HOP card, as there are two options for how you can setup the MyAT account:
Option 1: Create the account on behalf of your child, which allows them to eventually take over the management of their card and account.
- This requires a unique email address for each person's own MyAT account, as you are unable to re-use the email address for another AT HOP account.
- If you are managing cards on behalf of multiple people, then creating a MyAT account for each person and logging to each account to manage the cards, may be time consuming.
Option 2: Use your own MyAT account, login and create linked accounts for managing cards for more than one person
- You need to register your own AT HOP card to your MyAT account first before registering cards and linked accounts for additional people.
- You cannot register cards that have already been registered to another AT HOP account.
- If in the future the person you are managing this card for wants to manage their own card, they will have to create their own MyAT account and buy a new card to register. Please note, you cannot transfer AT HOP money between accounts.
Step 3: Register the AT HOP card
Login to MyAT and register your AT HOP card.
If you are under 16 years of age, a child concession will be applied automatically when you register the AT HOP card with the the correct date of birth.
- It may take 24-72 hours after registration for the child concession to be applied.
- If you do not tag on within 60 days, the child concession will expire. If this happens, please call us and we will reactivate it for you.
- Once you've tagged on and the concession is loaded to your AT HOP card, it will show as 'child' on your AT HOP card in your online account.
- You don't have to do anything until your 16th birthday.
Discounted fares are available on services contracted to Auckland Transport and on commercial services where there is a concessionary fare scheme agreement between the operator and Auckland Transport.
You may be interested in:
- School bus timetables.
- Tertiary student concessions.
- How to pay for public transport.
- Ticket and top-up machines.