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.
The child concession can be used on all Metlink buses.
It is not available on independent commercial services. For fares and discounts on these services, please contact your service provider.
To be eligible for a child concession, Metlink’s requirements are as follows:
The easiest way to receive child fares is to use a Green Snapper card. These will always receive a Child Concession and do not expire. You can purchase one from our web store, or a Snapper retailer.
Some schools get their school ID cards printed onto Snapper cards. As of 2020, these are printed onto Snapper Green cards and therefore have a Child Concession that does not expire*.
Schools which currently use Snapper student ID cards:
*There are still Student ID cards in use that were printed pre-2020 on the original Red Snapper cards. If the concession on your Student ID has expired, we recommend you request a replacement ID from your school, to receive one printed on a Green Snapper.
You can also apply to have a Child Concession loaded onto a Red Snapper Card. This will only be valid until the cardholder turns 16, at which point a renewal will need to be applied for, conditional on the cardholder being enrolled in secondary school.
Subsequent renewals will need to be applied for by 28th February each year, until the cardholder leaves school. If a renewal is not applied for, the Snapper card will start charging adult fares from 1st March of that year.
Apply for a Child concession online here
Drop in to see either the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Information Center or Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Information Center team with your Snapper card and enrolment details:
To apply for, or renew, your child concession via email, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following: