Tertiary student concession Tertiary student concession

Save on bus, ferry, and train fares with a tertiary student concession. 


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Before you start

See how much you'll save

How to apply:

How long your concession will last

When you travel

Special offers


Before you start

To apply for a tertiary concession online:

  1. Check whether you're eligible for a tertiary student concession.
  2. Register your AT HOP card.
  3. Follow the steps for your tertiary institute:

When you'll need to apply in person

If you: 

  • Have an AT HOP card registered to a linked account
  • Are a student at the University of Auckland, AUT, or Massey, and don't have a smartphone
  • Have any problems with your application,

You'll need to visit an  AT Customer Service Centre to apply for your concession. Make sure you bring your AT HOP card, student ID, and Tertiary ID sticker with you.

Eligibility

You must be a full-time tertiary student to get a tertiary concession.

You'll also need to be attending an eligible course at an AT-approved tertiary institution.

See our tertiary student discount terms and conditions for full eligibility criteria.

Multiple concessions

You can only hold one AT HOP card with a tertiary concession on it.

However, if you're eligible for a SuperGold concession and a tertiary concession, you can hold:

  • A Gold AT HOP card with a SuperGold concession, and
  • A separate AT HOP card with a tertiary concession.

Learn more about multiple concessions.


See how much you'll save

If you're an eligible, full-time student, you could save at least 60%* on buses, trains, and ferry fares when you travel with a tertiary student concession.

Plus, you'll get an extra 10%* discount if you travel at off-peak times.

To get these discounts

You must have a registered AT HOP card and use it to travel on public transport.

Apply for a concession

Check out your savings

Zone/Service CityLink buses 1 zone 2 zones 3 zones 4 zones 5 zones 6 zones 7 zones 8 zones 9 zones
Adult fare $0.60 $2.20 $3.90 $5.40 $6.80 $8.00 $9.20 $10.40 $11.60 $12.60
Tertiary fare $0.48 $1.70 $2.97 $4.16 $5.25 $6.34 $7.30 $8.10 $8.70 $9.00
Tertiary savings by % 20% 23% 24% 23% 23% 21% 21% 22% 25% 29%
Tertiary fare with half price savings $0.24 $0.85 $1.49 $2.08 $2.63 $3.17 $3.65 $4.05 $4.35 $4.50
Total savings by % 60% 61% 62% 61% 61% 60% 60% 61% 63% 64%

Off-peak travel times:

  • Before 6am on weekdays
  • Between 9am and 3pm on weekdays
  • After 6:30pm on weekdays
  • All days weekends and public holidays.

*Based on the current Half Price Fares offer, which ends on 31 January 2023, combined with the AT HOP Tertiary Concession discount. These discounts apply on AT timetabled bus, train, and ferry services, except for Waiheke and tourist ferries. Payment by AT HOP card only.

Terms of use for AT HOP cards apply.


If you’re a student of the University of Auckland, AUT, or Massey University:

Step 1: Apply online

Before you start

You’ll need to register your AT HOP card.

From your MyAT account:

  • Select "View and manage my card".
  • Select the "Available products" tab.
  • Select "Apply for a concession".
  • Choose "Tertiary" from the concession type list.
  • Choose your institution and complete the application form.

Apply for a concession

Step 2: Upload a passport-style photo to AT Mobile

Before you start

You’ll need access to the internet and the AT Mobile app.

You'll need a passport-style photo on your phone.

Log into the AT Mobile app using your MyAT login and password.

From the app menu, choose “Tertiary Concessions”.

Upload a passport-style photo.

Make sure you’ve got this photo with you when you travel. We might ask to see it to check that you’re eligible for your concession.

Step 3: Tag on to activate your concession

You’ll get an email from us when your concession’s ready to go.

Tag on to an AT HOP card reader or electronic gate within 60 days to activate your concession on your AT HOP card. 

You must travel with your AT HOP card to get your tertiary savings.


All other tertiary institutes

Step 1: Get your Tertiary ID sticker

You’ll need to get an AT Tertiary ID sticker on your student ID to prove you’re eligible for the concession.

Step 2: Start your application online

From your MyAT account:

  • Select "View and manage my card".
  • Select the "Available products" tab.
  • Select "Apply for a concession".
  • Choose "Tertiary" from the concession type list.
  • Choose "Others" from the tertiary provider list and complete the application form.

Apply for a concession

Step 3: Visit an AT Customer Service Centre

Visit your nearest AT Customer Service Centre to load your concession onto your card.

Make sure you bring your AT HOP card, student ID card, and Tertiary ID sticker with you.

Student ID with Tertiary Sticker and AT HOP card equals Tertiary concession


How long your concession will last

Your concession will last from the first day of your course (usually 1 March) to the soonest of the following:

  • 31 March of the following year OR
  • The expiry date of the your AT tertiary ID sticker OR
  • The expiry date of your student ID card.

You’ll need to apply for and reactivate your tertiary concession when it expires.

Apply for a concession

University of Auckland, AUT, and Massey students

If you used the AT mobile app to set up your concession:

  • Your tertiary concession will be active on your AT HOP card for up to 3 years, as long as you're still eligible during that time.
  • The AT Mobile App will show your eligibility for the tertiary concession.

When you travel

When you travel on public transport, you must be able to prove that you're eligible for a tertiary concession if we ask you.

That means you must travel with either:

  • Your valid student ID card with an AT Tertiary ID sticker on it OR
  • If you used the AT Mobile App to set up your concession: Your valid student ID card and a device with the AT Mobile App.

Special offers

It's not just buses, trains, and ferries that you could be saving on. With your tertiary concession, you could be getting great deals in stores across Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland. 

Current offers

There are no offers currently available.

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