Opal card

The Opal card: Transforming the way we move around

Introducing the new Concession Opal card

The new Concession Opal card gives tertiary students the convenience and flexibility of Opal with fares at half the price of the Adult Opal card.

The Concession Opal card is being rolled out progressively from February 2015 to tertiary institutions as they’re ready. 

Find out 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, Pensioner Concession card holders and NSW War Widows.

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

*Excludes the Sydney Airport Station Access Fee

Opal electronic ticketing system

The Opal card is an easy, convenient way of paying for your travel on transport services including trains, ferries, 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, Newcastle, 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 
  • 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 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 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

Find out more about getting an Opal card External website.

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