New to metroCARD

Find out how metroCARD makes travel on Adelaide Metro’s buses, trains and trams easier.

metroCARD for all bus, train and tram travel

metroCARD is an electronic smart card and offers cheap and fast boarding, meaning quicker journey times.

It is safe and convenient, offering handy features when you register your metroCARD such as:

Your metroCARD will automatically calculate the best fare when you travel peak or off-peak and offers even cheaper travel when you add a 14-Day or 28-Day Pass to your card.

Validate your metroCARD

Your metroCARD has validated properly when you hear a ‘beep’ and see a green light.

How to validate your card

Simply touch your metroCARD on a validator as you board your bus, train or tram and when you enter or exit Adelaide, Salisbury and Noarlunga Railway Station.

The appropriate fare will be deducted on board your service, not at railway station gates.

A beep and green light indicates a successful validation. The fare deducted will be displayed along with any remaining balance. In most cases you won’t even need to take your card out of your purse or wallet.

If your card doesn’t validate speak with the bus driver or an Adelaide Metro staff member. If your card balance is below the fare required you must buy a MetroTicket.

Unable to validate your card

A metroCARD is made of a plastic similar to credit cards. They are very strong and with normal use will last many years, however there may be occasions where your card won’t validate properly.

If your card is not validating properly on board, check that you have enough balance on the card for your fare to be deducted.

If there is enough balance on the card and your card still won’t validate:

For more information visit the FAQs page.


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