Opal card

The Opal card: Transforming the way we move around

About Opal

The Opal card is an easy, convenient way of paying for your travel on public transport. It's the only card you'll need to get around on all public transport including trains, ferries, buses and light rail.

To travel with a valid ticket and pay the correct fare, you must tap on and tap off using the Opal card readers at train stations, buses, ferry wharves, or at light rail stops. The only exception to tapping off is the Manly Ferry services as there is only one possible stop.

Introducing new Opal cards

For more information on the new Opal card range, including those below, visit opal.com.au

  • School Opal card.
  • Opal for veterans.
  • Opal for vision impaired.

Concession Opal card

The Concession Opal card gives all the convenience and flexibility of Opal with fares at half the price of the Adult Opal card for:

  • Eligible tertiary students including eligible TAFE students.
  • Eligible apprentices, trainees and job seekers.

More information on the Concession Opal card External website

The Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card

Tap into all the benefits of Opal with fares capped at $2.50* a day. The Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card is available for NSW Seniors to:

  • Pensioner Concession card holders nationally.
  • Seniors nationally.
  • NSW War Widow/ers.
  • Eligible asylum seekers.

More information on the Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card External website

More information on Opal for interstate seniors External website

More informaiton on Opal for asylum seekers External website

*Excludes the Sydney Airport Station Access Fee

Where can I use my Opal card

The Opal card is available on:

  • all Sydney Trains services
  • all NSW TrainLink Intercity services
  • all Sydney Ferries 
  • Stockton Ferry in Newcastle
  • Light rail services
  • all buses in Sydney, Newcastle, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter and Illawarra

Opal Adult and Child cardsOpal card benefits

The easiest way to make sure you always have value on your card when travelling is to set up auto top up.

Link your Opal card to a credit/debit card and when the balance falls below $10 for Adult, $5 for Gold Senior Pensioner, Child/Youth and Concession Opal card holders, your Opal card will automatically top up so you’re ready to travel.

The Opal card is introducing a new era of convenience and provides the following fare incentives:

  • Take eight (8) paid journeys from Monday to Sunday and enjoy half-price travel for the rest of the week
  • Sunday $2.50 travel cap - travel as much as you want as an Opal customer from 4:00am Sunday to 3:59am Monday.
  • A 30 per cent off-peak discount External website​ on full price Opal fares applies to all train journeys taken:
    • on weekends (up to $2.50 cap on Sunday)
    • on public holidays
    • before or after the weekday morning and afternoon peaks

More information on fares and benefits External website

How do I get an Opal card

It's easy to get an Adult or Child/Youth Opal card:

Find out about getting a Senior/Pensioner, Concession or School Opal card External website.

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