Adelaide Metro fares are the same on buses, trains and trams and remain the same no matter the distance travelled. You can pay with a rechargeable metroCARD, a paper MetroTicket or, Adelaide Metro tap and pay ticket by using your credit/debit card or smart device on trams or O-Bahn buses.
Paper MetroTickets will not be accepted on buses from 1 July 2023. Learn more here: Goodbye paper MetroTickets!
Peak travel times:
Off-peak travel times:
metroCARD or MetroTicket type
Peak travel time
Off-peak travel time
Regular fares and tickets
Regular metroCARD (rechargeable)
Tap and Pay
Concession fares and tickets
Concession metroCARD (rechargeable)
Student fares and tickets
Regular 14-day pass on a metroCARD
Regular 28-day pass on a metroCARD
Concession 14-day pass on a metroCARD
Concession 28-day pass on a metroCARD
Student 14-day pass on a metroCARD
Student 28-day pass on a metroCARD
Passengers 15 and older, who do not have a student or concession card, use regular fares.
When you buy a new regular metroCARD, you pay $5 for the physical card and need to load a minimum of $5 to it before you can use it. You can recharge it in blocks of $5, up to $200.
South Australian Seniors Card members are entitled to free travel at all times. For more information please see our Seniors Card page.
You can use an Adelaide Metro concession fare if you have a:
Concession cards giving you free travel at all times:
You must have your concession card with you whenever you are using a concession metroCARD. View examples of acceptable Adelaide Metro concession cards (PDF, 3464 KB) and acceptable regional concession cards (PDF, 2227 KB)
When you buy a new concession metroCARD (excluding Seniors Card), you pay $3.50 for the physical card and need to load a minimum of $5 to it before you can use it. You can recharge it in blocks of $5, up to $200.
Free public transport is valid for holders of a Special Hospital Workers metroCARD for travel to and from the following metropolitan hospitals only:
All enquiries regarding this initiative should be directed to SA Health at: firstname.lastname@example.org
See the conditions of use for more information.
Children younger than 5 travel free when they are with a parent or carer.
Children and students aged 5 to 14 pay discounted student fares and do not need to carry student ID.
High school students aged 15 or older must carry a South Australian government-approved student ID card.
When you buy a new student metroCARD, you pay $3.50 for the physical card and need to load a minimum of $5 to it before you can use it. You can recharge it in blocks of $5, up to $200.
On weekends, South Australian school holidays and public holidays, two children under the age of 15 can travel free when they are with an adult who is using an adult Daytrip MetroTicket. Free travel for children doesn’t apply if the adult is using a regular, concession or Seniors Card metroCARD.
Peak travel is before 9am and after 3:01pm Monday-Friday, and all day Saturday.
Off-peak is between 9:01am and 3pm Monday-Friday, and all day Sunday and public holidays.
Your fare lasts for two hours from when you validate your ticket or metroCARD, unless you have unlimited daily travel on a:
These passes are loaded to a metroCARD and give you unlimited bus, train and tram travel for either 14 or 28 days in a row. This means they are good for people who use public transport most days of the week, as they work out cheaper than normal metroCARD fares.
You can add a pass to a metroCARD
When you add a pass to a metroCARD, it will start its countdown of days the next time the card is validated. You can’t pause a 14-day or 28-day pass – it will expire after its allocated time, no matter how many times or what days of the week you validate it.
We can only track, cancel or replace registered metroCARDs.
Contact us to cancel your registered metroCARD as soon as you notice it is missing. If you have auto recharge setup on a metroCARD, cancel that, too. Either:
If your registered metroCARD is lost, stolen or damaged, we can transfer any remaining balance to a different metroCARD you own, or you can buy a new metroCARD and we will transfer it to that. When you buy a new card, you may also need to pay a bit extra to top up your balance to the nearest $5.
Paper MetroTickets cannot be registered or replaced if they are lost or stolen.