Manage your Seniors metroCARD

Visit the Adelaide Metro website to manage your Seniors metroCARD online, including adding credit for use in peak travel times.

Travel free with your Seniors Card

From Friday 1 July 2022, South Australian Seniors Card members can travel for free on Adelaide Metro buses, trains and trams – all day, every day. Any unused credit on SA Seniors Cards can be refunded or transferred to a different metroCARD.

Seniors Card & public transport

Your Seniors Card entitles you to free Adelaide Metro public transport. From 1 July 2022, South Australian Seniors Card members can travel for free on Adelaide Metro buses, trains and trams – all day, every day.

Your Seniors Card is part of Adelaide's metroCARD public transport electronic ticketing system which is operational on all buses, trains and trams. The Seniors Card has the metroCARD technology built in (Seniors metroCARD) which means you only have to carry one card to access discounts on goods and services and public transport.

Your Seniors Card is ready to use on public transport as soon as you receive it.

You'll need to validate your Seniors Card every time you board an Adelaide Metro bus, train or tram, even though your travel is free.

New and replacement Seniors Cards (Seniors metroCARD) are issued through the Seniors Card Unit.

Free travel times

From 1 July 2022, Seniors Card members can travel free on bus, train and trams at all times.

From this time, Seniors Cards will only require credit if members would like to access discounted parking at the Tea Tree Plaza Park ‘n’ Ride. Make sure you validate your Seniors Card on board to ensure the discounted parking price is applied.

How to use the Seniors metroCARD on public transport

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.

From 1 July 2022, you will only need to add credit ($) to your Seniors Card if you want to access the discounted parking at the Tea Tree Plaza Park ‘n’ Ride.

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 and check transaction histories 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).

If you 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.

For more information, please visit or call the Adelaide Metro InfoLine on 1300 311 108 (7am-8pm daily).

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,Validate Seniors metroCARD 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.

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

If you lose your Seniors Card or it gets stolen or stops working, use Seniors Card member online services or 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).

Interstate Seniors Card members

If you have a state-issued Seniors Card, you can access a MetroTicket for 14 consecutive days of free off-peak travel during your visit to Adelaide. Please note, National Seniors Card, Seniors Business Discount Card and New Zealand SuperGold Cards are not accepted.

Interstate Seniors Card members need to pay a concession fare to travel in peak times.

To order a MetroTicket online, you need a scan or photograph of the Seniors Card that clearly shows the card number and member's name, as you will upload it before submitting.

If you need to order tickets for more than one Seniors Card member, you must submit one form per person.

Order an interstate Seniors Card member 14-day free travel ticket.

Please allow 10 days between ordering your ticket and your departure date, to reduce the risk of your ticket not arriving in time.

If you are arriving in Adelaide within the next 10 days, you can present your Seniors Card at one of the following locations and they will give you a 14-day free off-peak travel ticket:

  • Adelaide Metro InfoCentre at the Adelaide Railway Station on North Terrace, Adelaide
  • Adelaide City Visitor Information Centre within the City of Adelaide Customer Centre at 25 Pirie Street, Adelaide
  • Adelaide Hills Visitor Information Centre at 68 Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf
  • Glenelg Public Library at 2 Colley Terrace, Glenelg
  • Gawler Visitor Information Centre at 2 Lyndoch Road, Gawler.

For more information about visiting Adelaide, visit the Adelaide Metro website.

Frequently asked questions

If you have questions about the Seniors Card / Seniors metroCARD, see our frequently asked questions.