FREE TRAVEL: Brisbane's CityCats are a great way to explore the river city.
FREE TRAVEL: Brisbane's CityCats are a great way to explore the river city.

Get on the bus - it's free!

SENIORS who don't mind avoiding the clogged-up transport rush hour can now slice dollars off their travel costs.

The Brisbane City Council has introduced free off-peak travel for seniors with a Go Card to improve their access and engagement in the community.

Next time you board a Brisbane bus, CityCat or ferry after 8.30 am, and before 3.30 pm, you won't have to pay.

Free travel also applies from 7pm at night until 6am in the morning and even on weekends.

The changes were introduced on October 1.

Passengers holding a seniors go card just tap on and off as usual, but will be not be charged.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said it is all about making it easier for seniors to enjoy Brisbane's lifestyle and leisure opportunities all year round.

"I want to give back to the generations who have worked hard and contributed so much to help build our city and our community," Cr Schrinner said. "You must be travelling on a go card to get free travel, so I encourage all eligible seniors to go out and get themselves a go card."

Free travel makes it easier for seniors to get out and about and avoid loneliness and social isolation which are major risk factors for depression. Studies have shown that seniors who are socially isolated are more likely to predict their quality of life will worsen. They also are more concerned about requiring help from community programs as they get age.

Free travel option started on October 1 on Brisbane buses, CityCats and ferries from 8.30am-3.30pm and then 7pm-6am Monday to Friday, and also on buses all day and night on weekends.

Brisbane's CityCats are a great way to explore the river city.

Hop on board, and you can sightsee your way up and down the river's winding reaches between the University of Queensland at St Lucia and Eat Street at Northshore. Access to the ferries is via easy walkways.

To be eligible for a Seniors Card+go you must be 65 years or older and working less than 35 hours a week in paid employment. People aged between 60 to 64 years and working less than 35 hours a week in paid employment are also eligible if they hold a Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card or Commonwealth Health Care Card.

Find out more at qld.gov.au.


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