Public Transport operated by Transport Canberra (aka ACTION buses and Canberra Metro light rail) utilises an integrated fare system.

Fares can be paid using the MyWay smartcard, or by purchasing a paper ticket from a Ticket Vending Machine at Light Rail stops and selected bus stations[1, 2].

MyWay Cards

MyWay cards can be purchased from MyWay recharge agents, which are mostly major newsagents. (Current MyWay agents can be found on the Transport Canberra website). They can also be ordered online or by phoning 131710. A fee may apply to purchase a new card.

There are 6 fare types for MyWay cards:

  • Adult (full fare)
  • Student (5 years and older attending Primary or Secondary school)
  • Tertiary Student (attending an Australian tertiary institution full time)
  • Concession (includes health care card and pension card holders)
  • Seniors
  • ACT Seniors over 70 (eligible for free travel)

When travelling, passengers are required to tap on when boarding – either inside the door of the bus or at a validator on the platform at light rail stops. Upon exiting the vehicle, passengers should tap off the same way.

Fares charged by MyWay for single trips will be less than the equivalent cash fare provided the passenger taps off at the end of each journey.

MyWay cards can be topped-up using BPay, with an autoload direct debit request or in person at a MyWay agent or using a Ticket Vending Machine. Top ups can also be made by credit card online or by phoning 131710. Top-ups not made at an agent or Vending Machine will take 3-5 business days for the credit to be available. Credit held in the system will only be applied when the card is next tapped on.

Paper tickets

There are 4 paper tickets which can be purchased:

– Adult single trip (with 90 minute transfer)$5.00
– Adult daily ticket$9.60
– Concession single trip (with 90 minute transfer)$2.50
– Concession daily ticket$4.80
  • Fares valid at 5 January 2019.
  • Concession tickets include student, tertiary student and seniors fares.
  • Proof of concession must be carried and shown to the driver or authorised officer on request.
  • Children under 5 travel free and do not require a ticket
  • ACT Residents 70 years of age or older are eligible for free travel at any time when using an ACTION Gold Card or Over 70s MyWay card.
  • For full concession rules, refer to Transport Canberra website as listed below.

These tickets can be purchased from a Ticket Vending Machine[1, 2] (cash or paypass/paywave).


  1. Cash fares ceased to be accepted on buses from March 2020 – passengers are required to use MyWay cards or pre-purchased tickets from vending machines.
  2. MyWay Add Value & Ticket Vending machines are situated at all Light Rail stops as well as at the following locations:
    • Gungahlin Interchange, Gungahlin Place – Platform 4
    • Westfield Belconnen – inside the centre at entrance near Bus Station (next to Max Brenner)
    • City Interchange, Alinga Street – next to information display at Platform 4
    • Canberra Airport – in the arrivals hall
    • Woden Interim Interchange – next to Platform 6
    • Tuggeranong Interchange – between Platforms 3 & 8

Further details:

This page was last updated on 11 November 2023