How to use the Seniors metrocard

Boarding public transport is now faster and easier than ever before - all you have to do is hold your Seniors Card against the validation machine when boarding a bus, train or tram.

During free travel periods, a free fare will be registered. For travel during peak travel periods (between 7.00 am and 9.00 am and between 3.00 pm and 7.00 pm on weekdays), you can either purchase a single trip ticket or you can use credit ($) you have added to your Seniors Card and the correct fare will be deducted when you validate upon boarding.

Your Seniors Card is automatically protected, so if it breaks or is lost or stolen, any credit balance can be transferred to a replacement card.

Using the card on public transport

1. Add credit to your card

You need to add credit to your card if you want to use it during peak travel times. There are a few ways to add credit to your card.

In person

Recharge your Seniors Card in person at:

Simply present your Seniors Card and pay by cash, credit or debit card. The minimum recharge is $5 and the maximum amount you can store on your card is $200.

By phone

Phone the Adelaide Metro InfoLine on 1300 311 108 and transfer funds from your credit or debit card or set up auto-recharge which involves nominating a credit or debit card and an amount that will be automatically loaded onto your Seniors Card when it falls below the minimum amount.

If the recharge is completed before 9.00 pm, it will generally be available on your Seniors Card when you use it the next morning.


Recharge your Seniors Card online by logging into your metrocard account on the Adelaide Metro website:

  1. visit
  2. click on 'Manage metrocard'
  3. enter your personal account details.

You can recharge your Seniors Card with a credit card or you can set up auto-recharge. Auto-recharge means nominating a credit card and an amount that will be automatically loaded onto your Seniors Card when your credit falls below the minimum of $15.

You can also check the balance remaining on your card after you log in.

To access your metrocard account on the Adelaide Metro website, you need to have a login and password.

Your login is the word 'SENIOR' followed by an underscore (_) and then your seven digit Seniors Card number (eg SENIOR_0000000).

Your password was provided to you in the letter you received with your Seniors Card. If you no longer have that letter or need your password reset, please email and staff will email the details to you.

Once you have logged in for the first time, you should change your password. You can do this by clicking on 'update my details'. New passwords need to be between 8 and 16 characters long.

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2. Get on board

Using your Seniors Card on Adelaide Metro public transport is easy, you just have to remember to validate at the beginning of your journey by bus, tram or train.

To validate, hold the card against the validation machine as shown in the picture below.

A beep and a green light means that it has validated properly.

The deducted fare and the balance of your Seniors Card will appear on the validation machine's display. Hold your card there if you need more time to read the message on the screen.

metrocard validation machine with seniors metrocard

The machine may also indicate the following:

  • Green (blinking) = your balance is low (down to 3 trips or less)
  • Green + Yellow = validation and recharge success
  • Red = validation unsuccessful (error, insufficient balance or the card is not valid or has been disabled)

You can watch online video tutorials about how to validate when boarding public transport.

3. Caring for your Seniors Card

If you lose your Seniors Card or it gets stolen or stops working, contact the Seniors Card Unit on 1800 819 961 or and a replacement card will be provided to you at no cost.

Don't bend or puncture your Seniors Card as this may damage the internal antenna or microchip.

Don't expose your Seniors Card to static electricity, water or extremes of temperature (such as a clothes dryer or car dashboard).

Frequently asked questions

Do you have more questions about the Seniors Metrocard? View the Seniors Metrocard frequently asked questions.

Do you have other questions about your Seniors Card? View the Seniors Card frequently asked questions.

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Page last updated 4 October 2019

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