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Modes of Transportation in Australia

Transport in Australia

Australia has a variety of modes of transportation when it comes to travelling around. So whether you are planning to go to your university, work or travel around just for leisure purposes, be sure that there are plenty of transportation options to choose from.

In this article, we discuss about the modes of transportation in Australia for international students in detail.

Modes of Public Transport

There are a variety of modes of public transport available across all major cities in Australia including:

Train

Tram

Buses

Ferries

The type of transportation available and the cost of travel on public transport varies in each city of Australia.

Public Transport in each State and Territory

Each state and territory has its own transport network authority and they are responsible for managing the public transport system in their state.

While international students are eligible for public transport concession in certain states and territories, there are few states where you need to pay full fare when travelling on public transport.

 
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Modes of  Transport Available

Buses and Light Rail

Type of Ticketing Card Used

Myway Card

Concession for International students

International students studying in Canberra get a full concession on public transport.

Cost of Travel (Full-Fare)

$200.00 per month 

Website for Contact

Transport Canberra

 
New South Wales (NSW)

Modes of  Transport Available

Trains, Buses, Light Rail and Ferries

Type of Ticketing Card Used

Opal Card

Concession for International students

Generally, international students are not eligible for public transport concession in Sydney. Only those international students studying via Australian Government scholarships are eligible to apply for a concession.

Cost of Travel (Full-Fare)

$216.00 per month

Website for Contact

Transport for NSW

 
Northern Territory (NT)

Modes of  Transport Available

Buses

Type of Ticketing Card Used

Tap and Ride Card

Concession for International students

Full Concession is available for international students in Darwin. In fact, international students can do unlimited travel for a whole week for just $7.

Cost of Travel (Full-Fare)

$86.00 per month

Website for Contact

NT Department of Transport

 
Queensland (QLD)

Modes of  Transport Available

Trains, Buses and Light Rail

Type of Ticketing Card Used

Go Card

Concession for International students

Full Concession available for international students studying in registered training organisations, TAFE and universities in Queensland.

Cost of Travel (Full-Fare)

$151.00 per month

Website for Contact

Translink

 
South Australia(SA)

Modes of  Transport Available

Trains, Trams and Buses

Type of Ticketing Card Used

Metro Card

Concession for International students

As an International student in Adelaide, you are eligible to get a concession on public transport.

Cost of Travel (Full-Fare)

$101.00 per month

Website for Contact

Adelaide Metro

 
Tasmania (TAS)

Modes of  Transport Available

Buses

Type of Ticketing Card Used

Green Card

Concession for International students

International Students are eligible for the same travel concessions as local students.  

Cost of Travel (Full-Fare)

$75.00 per month

Website for Contact

Metro TAS

 
Victoria (VIC)

Modes of  Transport Available

Trains, Trams and Buses

Type of Ticketing Card Used

Myki Card

Concession for International students

Only eligible students at participating universities, TAFE and other approved education providers can get 50% of annual myki also known as iUSEpass. Other students are not eligible for concessions.

Cost of Travel (Full-Fare)

$159.00 per month

Website for Contact

PTV

Western Australia (WA)

Modes of  Transport Available

Trains, Buses and Ferries

Type of Ticketing Card Used

SmartRider Card

Concession for International students

International students are eligible to get a full concession on public transport in Perth.

Cost of Travel (Full-Fare)

$135.00 per month

Website for Contact

Transperth

 
Driving

In Australia, overseas students are considered as temporary residents so they are usually allowed to drive on the licence from their home country. Although, it is still a good idea to check with your local road authority office.

Australians drive on the left side of the road with the majority of cars having steering on the right-hand side. Also, there are strict laws about driving and penalties are really high so make sure to follow the local road rules when driving in Australia.

You can buy a new or used car for your travel. If you are not going to use the car regularly, then you can even consider renting a car.

For a more detailed guide on driving in Australia, click here.

 
Travelling Interstate

As Australia is a huge country, most of the travellers prefer to use airline services when they travel interstate. You can drive also but it takes much longer to travel interstate.

When travelling interstate on a plane, you don’t need to carry a passport. However, you should always carry some sort of ID like Driving licence, Working with Children Check etc. Although there are many different airlines you can choose but mainly there are 4 airlines that you can use when travelling interstate:

 
Taxi

Australian taxi network is quite comprehensive. Taxis are also known as “Cabs” in Australia. You can hail a taxi from the Airport, city centre, shopping malls, train stations and from various locations etc. You can also hire a taxi by phone booking or using smartphone apps for the taxi company or just hail from the side of the road.  

Although, most of the students avoid hiring Taxis as they are quite expensive in Australia. It is important to understand that taxi fares are not negotiable and you have to pay what the meter is showing. Also, keep in mind that you will usually need to pay an extra fee if you are using taxis late at night, from the airport, using toll roads or if pre-booking.

There are many taxi companies available in different states and territories but you can find one taxi company in all cities which is:

 
Ride Sharing

Ride-sharing service is legal in Australia. So when considering to travel, you can choose to use ride-sharing services. Lots of students like to use ride-sharing services than taxis as they are a much cheaper option to travel.

When booking a ride-sharing service, you will need to use the app or the website of that ride-sharing provider. There are many ride-sharing services providers in Australia. Some of them are:

 
Bikes

Australian cities are also famous for easy travel access for bikes. If you like riding bicycles then Australia is a great place for you. It is not only cheaper (as you can save up to $1000 per year) but much healthier option to travel as well.

You can actually buy a new or used bicycle from online marketplaces like Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace or from stores like Kmart, Target or Big W.

It is very important to follow the road rules when riding a bike in Australia. You must wear a helmet and have lights at the front and back of the bicycle. It is a good idea to get yourself a lock for the bike to avoid any possible theft.

If you would rather rent a bike then buying, then you can consider using the following services:

We also suggest you to check public transport etiquette that you must follow in Australia

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