Purpose of the Scheme

To enable elderly people and eligible persons with disabilities to travel on designated public transport modes and services at a concessionary fare of $2 per trip. The Scheme aims to help build a caring and inclusive society by encouraging these groups to participate more in community activities.
 

Target Beneficiaries

  • Elderly people aged 65 or above.
  • Recipients under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) Scheme aged below 65 with 100 % disabilities and recipients of Disability Allowance (DA) aged below 65.
 

Details of Concession

  • Beneficiaries can travel on designated transport modes and services at $2 per trip.
  • If the normal fare for a journey is below $2, beneficiaries only need to pay the normal fare.
  • Beneficiaries travelling on franchised bus routes are reminded to tap the same Octopus cards again before alighting for recording the differential fares of the trips concerned for Government 's reimbursement to the franchised bus operators when travelling along the sections for which two-way section fares are offered.
  • Beneficiaries travelling on green minibus routes are reminded to inform the drivers of their destinations upon boarding when travelling along the sections for which two-way section fares are offered so that the drivers can adjust the Octopus readers before they tap the Octopus cards for recording the differential fares of the trips concerned for Government 's reimbursement to the green minibus operators.
Note: This Scheme is not applicable to fares paid in cash.
 

How to Enjoy the Concession

Elderly persons:
  • Use Elder Octopus or Personalised Octopus.
Eligible persons with disabilities:
  • Use Personalised Octopus with “Persons with Disabilities Status” printed with a photo.
For details, please refer to the website of Labour and Welfare Bureau.
 

Free Rides for Children

  • Some of the public transport operators are currently offering free rides to children of designated age groups. Eligible children with disabilities for the Scheme of such age groups will continue to enjoy these free rides by not tapping their Personalised Octopus with “Persons with Disabilities Status” against the Octopus reader. If they do so inadvertently, the operators may deduct $2 per trip from the Octopus. For details, please refer to the announcement from the public transport operators.
 

Public Transport Modes and Services under the Scheme

Transport mode Services
MTR Domestic MTR services, including Light Rail and MTR Bus (Northwest New Territories)
  • Excluding the Airport Express, East Rail Line services to and from Lo Wu, Lok Ma Chau and Racecourse Stations, first-class service of East Rail Line
Franchised buses Franchised bus routes of Kowloon Motor Bus, New World First Bus, Citybus, Long Win Bus and New Lantao Bus
  • Excluding “A” and “NA” routes to the airport, racecourse routes and the routes on a pre-booking and group hire basis
Ferries Designated ferry services
  • Excluding deluxe class services
Green Minibuses
(“GMBs”)
For details of the GMB routes included, please refer to the following lists or dial 1823.

GMB routes included in the Scheme in phases starting from 29 March 2015


 

Phased Extension to GMBs

  • The Government is extending the Scheme to GMBs in phases from 29 March 2015. It now includes 520 GMB routes run by 160 operators, covering around 99% of total operators and routes respectively in Hong Kong.
  • For easy identification, a logo of the Scheme will be displayed on each of the GMBs participating in the Scheme at the following three positions:
    Windscreen Next to side door Atop Octopus reader  
  • Using a designated Octopus, elderly people aged 65 or above and eligible persons with disabilities can travel on GMBs with the Scheme logo at $2 per trip.
  • Under the phased extension arrangements, the remaining operator who has not yet joined the Scheme will not display the Scheme logo on the GMBs. Beneficiaries boarding these GMBs need to pay normal fares instead of $2 per trip.
 

Promotion Video of the Scheme

Promotion video
Details of the Scheme are available on the website of Labour and Welfare Bureau.
Publicity material "Caring for Our Senior Citizens" is available here.