Check out our latest post “Return to school with Snapper” for all the need-to-know information and to apply for a child concession online.
Returning to school in 2020 and need a child concession?
50% discount for all school children
Metlink offer a child concession for passengers aged between 5 and 15 and secondary school students. A child concession entitles the passenger to a 50% discount off the peak-time adult Snapper fare.
To receive this discount fare when paying with Snapper, use either a Snapper Green card, a Snapper school ID card, or apply for a child concession to be loaded to a Snapper Red card.
The child concession can be used on all Metlink* buses except:
- Metlink After Midnight buses: N1, N2, N22, N3, N4, N5, N6, N66, N8, N88
*This concession can be used on Metlink buses only. It is not available on independent commercial services. For fares and discounts on these services, please contact your service provider.
Who's eligible for this concession?
To be eligible for a child concession, Metlink’s requirements are as follows:
- Passengers must be aged between 5 and 15. Please note under 5’s travel free on all Metlink services.
- Passengers aged 16+ must be enrolled in secondary school to continue to receive the child discount fare. A child concession will be automatically applied if the secondary school attended has Snapper school ID cards.
Using a Snapper Green card
Snapper Green cards are the easiest way for children to use the bus and always pay the correct fare, as they are pre-loaded with the child concession. This means the child concession never expires and never needs to be renewed.
Passengers that meet Metlink’s requirements can travel on the same Snapper Green card right through school from year 1 to year 13 without ever having to apply for or renew a concession. Easy!
Using a Snapper school ID card
Some schools get their school ID cards printed onto Snapper cards. These cards have the child concession loaded automatically onto them by Snapper. As long as you’re enrolled in school and look after your ID card, you won’t need to do a thing to keep paying the correct fare.
Schools which currently use Snapper student ID cards
- Te Ara Whanui Kura Kapapa Maori
- Hutt High School
- Wellington Girls College
- Wellington College
- Samuel Marsden Collegiate School
- Taita College
- Rongotai College
- Queen Margaret College
- Raphael House Rudolf Steiner
- Onslow College
- Wellington East Girls College
- Wellington High School
Using a Snapper Red card (and applying for a child concession)
Passengers entitled to the child concession who are using a Snapper Red card will need to apply for a child concession to be loaded onto the card.
- A Child Concession on a Red Snapper card is only valid until the cardholder turns 16.
- Secondary school students using a Red Snapper card need to have the concession loaded and renewed by 28th February each year, until they leave school. If the card holder does not apply for renewal of the concession, the Snapper card will start charging adult fares from 1st March of that year.
To apply for or renew your concession, email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following:
- Your 16-digit Snapper card number.
- Your registered email address (for your Snapper website account).
- Your date of birth.
- Proof of enrolment – i.e. a scan of your current school ID or a letter from your school confirming you are enrolled at school for the current year.
How to use your Snapper on the bus
Tag on and off the bus by holding your Snapper card flat and still to the card reader on the bus. Hold the fish on your card to the fish on the card reader.
Listen! When you tag on the bus, listen for the beeps: two beeps means you’ve been charged the child fare; one beep means you’ve been charged an adult fare.
Look! The Snapper card reader will display the word “CHILD” when you tag on and off the bus. Check out all of the messages you could see on the bus.