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Metro Tasmania Pty Ltd is a state owned company established in February 1998. The company trades as Metro and operates bus services in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie. Metro is the largest passenger transport company in Tasmania.


Urban Fare Sections & Non-Urban Fare Zones Explained

 

UNDERSTANDING METRO'S URBAN TICKET SECTIONS

Adult travel
Metro adult tickets work on a sectional basis: the further you travel, the more you pay. Section numbers are indicated on all bus stops by a number in a blue strip that runs vertically down the bus stop blade. Sections count outwards from the city centre, which is section 1.

There are three different adult sectional tickets, 1 to 4 (Short), 5 to 10 (Medium) or 11 or more (Long) sections. All tickets allow for free transfers within the sectional range of the ticket for up to 90 minutes from the time of the first boarding. Return journeys in the urban area under this scenario are therefore permitted if enough sections are purchased. If you purchase a cash fare from the driver, the expiry of the 90 minute period is indicated on the ticket. The expiry time of a Greencard journey is also based on the time of the first boarding and is recorded onto the card, the card will not deduct further credit until 90 minutes has elapsed or the number of sections paid with the initial fare has been exceeded.

 

Some examples on using Metro's ticket sections are below:

 

Cross-section trip
Travel from section 1 to section 5 requires a 5 to 10 (Medium) section ticket. If sufficient sections are purchased a passenger can make a return trip or travel across town within a 90 minute period.

 

Return trip
A passenger travelling from Moonah (section 3) to Hobart (section 1) may purchase a 5 to 10 (Medium) section ticket; travel to Hobart and then board a return bus to Moonah using the same ticket (bus transfer must take place within 90 minutes of the purchase of the ticket). A total of six sections will be travelled on this trip and a cost saving will be made compared to the cost of two 4 section (Short) tickets for the same journey.

 

Cross-town trip
A passenger may wish to travel from Tranmere (section 8) to the University of Tasmania (section 2), on the other side of town. This travel may be completed on a 10 section ticket, with a bus transfer in Hobart. The second leg of the journey may continue from Hobart to the University using the same ticket if the bus transfer is completed within 90 minutes of the purchase of the ticket.

 

Day tickets
Off peak adult and concession day tickets permit unlimited travel in the urban area after 9:00am weekdays and all day on weekends and public holidays. These cash tickets are purchased from the driver on the day that they are required.

 

 

GREENCARD TRAVEL


The Metro Greencard automatically caps how much you will pay in one day. The Greencard Daily Cap only applies for travel solely within the urban area (see the urban section boundary maps below).

There are two Greencard Daily Caps, the before 9.00am and the after 9.00am.

 

Example 1:
If your first boarding was at 8.00am the before 9.00am cap would be applied if reached.

 

Example 2:
If your first boarding was at 10.00am the after 9.00am cap would be applied if reached.

 

Once you have reached this maximum daily cap, no further credit will be deducted from your Greencard for urban travel, no matter how much more you travel within the urban area that day.

 

For more information about the Metro Greencard click here.

 

Student & Adult Concession travel
Urban Adult concession and full-time Student tickets do not require a set number of sections, the tickets provide (from the time of purchase) 90 minutes of travel within the urban area, and include transfers.

 

Map showing Hobart's urban section boundaries
Map showing Launceston's urban section boundaries
Map showing Burnie's urban section boundaries

 

UNDERSTANDING METRO'S NON-URBAN FARE ZONES

Non-urban areas operate on a different fare structure called "Zones". The zones extend from the urban area boundary that has been defined by the Department of Infrastructure, Energy & Resources (DIER). Zone 1 extends 10 kilometres from the urban boundary, zone 2 extends from 10.01 kilometres from the urban boundary to 20 kilometres from the urban boundary, zone 3 extends from 20.01 kilometres from the urban boundary to 40 kilometres from the urban boundary and zone 4 extends from 40.01 kilometres from the urban boundary to 60 kilometres from the urban boundary.

 

Non-urban Adult
Adult and Adult Concession fares are determined by an origin (where the customers journey starts) and a destination (where the customers journey will end). Adult zone fares provide 90 minutes of travel time to complete your journey and may include one free transfer in the urban area. (the expiry time is displayed on the ticket) 
 

 

Example 1:
Passenger boards in zone 3 and asks to travel to zone 2, this would be a zone 1 fare.

 

Example 2:
Passenger boards in zone 3 and asks to travel to the urban zone, this would be a zone 3 fare.

 

Example 3:
Passenger boards in zone 3 and asks to travel within zone 3, this would be a local zone fare.

 

Non-urban Adult Concession
Adult Concession and student fares for full-time students in the year of their 19th birthday or older equal 50% of the full adult fare (conditions apply) and provide 90 minutes of travel time to complete your journey and may include one free transfer in the urban area (the expiry time is displayed on the ticket).  

 

Non-urban Student
Full time students up to, and including the year of their 18th birthday may be eligible to purchase the non-urban student fare (conditions apply) and provide 90 minutes of travel time to complete your journey and may include one free transfer in the urban area (the expiry time is displayed on the ticket).   

 

Click on the links below to view the non-urban fares.

 

Click here to view the Channel non-urban fares
Click here to view the South Arm, Wynyard, Penguin & Ulverstone non-urban fares

 

Click on the links below to view the non-urban zone areas.

 

Click here to download the Channel non-urban fare zone map
Click here to download the South Arm non-urban fare zone map

Click here to download the Penguin & Ulverstone non-urban fare zone map
Click here to download the Wynyard non-urban fare zone map

 

For more information about urban fare sections or non-urban fare zones, 

call 13 22 01