Fare concessions for children 13 to 15 years old Fare concessions for children 13 to 15 years old

Children and school students aged 13 to 15 years old can travel on public transport at discounted fares with a registered AT HOP card. They can also travel for free on weekends and public holidays

How to apply

Steps to get the Child (13 to 15 years) concession on your registered AT HOP card. You must be between 13 and 15 years of age (inclusive) to be eligible for the concession. 

Step 1: Register AT HOP card

There are two options for how you can register an AT HOP card. You will need to decide who will manage the card.

You need to know

When you register the card with a child's date of birth (between 13 and 15 years old inclusive), the concession will be automatically applied to the card.

Step 2: Allow 1 hour

Once you have registered the card, the child concession will be available to use in 1 hour.

You need to know

Adult fares will be charged until your registration status has been processed.

Step 3: Tag on to activate

You will need to tag on to an AT HOP card reader or electronic gate at a train station within 60 days to activate the concession on your AT HOP card.

If you forget to tag on within 60 days, your registration status will expire, and you'll be charged adult fares. You can contact us, and we can reactivate it for you.

If you don't have an AT HOP card, ​find out how to buy one.

Child concession

Discounted fares are only available on a registered AT HOP card. These discounts apply to AT timetabled bus, train and ferry services, and AT Local (excludes Waiheke and Rakino ferries).They also apply to students travelling on school buses. 

Child cash fares apply on paper tickets. 

See fare details on Fares & discounts

Child concession expiry

The Child (13 to 15 years) concession on the AT HOP card will expire once the child turns 16 years old.

For secondary school students aged 16 to 19 years old, you will need to apply for a secondary student concession to continue to be eligible for discounted fares.

Free child weekend fares

Children aged 13 to 15 can travel for free on weekends and public holidays using a registered AT HOP card. Excludes Waiheke and Rakino ferry services.

4 steps to start using your free child weekend fares

  1. Buy an AT HOP card.
  2. Create MyAT account. there are two options for how you setup the MyAT account and register the card.
  3. Register your AT HOP card to get child discount for 13 to 15 year olds (this can take up to overnight to be activated).
  4. Start your adventure!

Note: If you are under 16 years of age, the free weekend fares concession will be applied automatically when you register your AT HOP card with the correct date of birth.

Use the journey planner or AT Mobile app to plan your adventure on weekend or public holidays.

Age verification

Children may be asked by a Transport Officer or another Auckland Transport Representative to prove they are eligible to receive the concession if they don’t look the appropriate age for that concession.

Valid forms of age identification need to include a date of birth, for example,

  • Secondary or Tertiary Student ID card
  • Driver’s licence
  • Passport
  • Kiwi Access Card (previously the 18+ card).

In future, AT may consider additional measures for customers' age verification before applying a Child or Youth concession.

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Terms of use of the AT HOP cards are available here.