Opal card

The Opal card: Transforming the way we move around

New electronic ticketing system

The Opal card will provide an easy, convenient and fast new way of travelling on the public transport network in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra and Southern Highlands.

It is a smartcard similar in size to a credit card that will allow you to pay for your travel on ferries, trains, buses and light rail.

Instead of buying a paper ticket you load value onto your Opal card via a range of convenient options.

Customers using the Opal card will tap on at a card reader at the start of their trip and tap off at the end. The electronic ticketing system will automatically calculate the fare and deduct it from the value stored on your Opal card.

No more queuing for tickets and only pay for the travel you use.

The progressive rollout of the Opal cardWhere can I use my Opal card?

The Opal card is being progressively rolled out across public transport in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra and Southern Highlands.

The Opal card is available on:

  • all Sydney Trains services
  • all NSW TrainLink Intercity services
  • all Sydney Ferries services
  • any bus that displays 'Opal bus' signage.

The roll-out to the entire bus network (both government and privately operated buses) will be completed by the end of 2014.

View a list of current Opal enabled bus routes Link to external website.

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 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 paid journeys from Monday to Sunday and enjoy free 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 daily cap of $15.00 from Monday to Saturday

How do I get an Opal card?

Find out more about getting an Opal card Link to external website.

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