Opal proves just the ticket for tourists

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced the NSW Government is making it easier for tourists to get an Opal card and benefit from convenient and affordable travel to popular destinations across Sydney and the regions.

Ms Berejiklian said with more than 900,000 regular customers now using Opal on trains, ferries and 3,000 buses, the NSW Government was turning its attention to making Opal accessible for the almost 30 million people who visit NSW every year.

“Opal is a great product for tourists and I am pleased we have now introduced a range of convenient new locations for visitors to get their Opal card as soon as they arrive in Sydney,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“For visitors stepping off the plane, Opal cards are now available from ticket windows at the Domestic and International Airport train stations with a starting value of just $10 for adults and $5 for children.

“Opal cards are also available from retailers inside both Domestic and International Airport terminals, including W H Smith, Relay and Newslink stores.

“In time for the October long weekend, tourists can also now get their Opal card from the Circular Quay Transport Information Centre, conveniently located close to the train station, bus interchange, ferry wharf and Cruise terminal.

“With Opal, tourists only have to get their card once and then never have to waste time queuing up or worrying about which paper ticket they need to buy again.

“With daily fare caps of $15, weekly fare caps of $60 and $2.50 unlimited travel on Sundays, tourists can simply load a set amount of money on their Opal card depending on how long they’re here.

“Many tourists travel in the off-peak, and with Opal they get a 30 per cent off-peak discount on trains, and once they hit their weekly travel cap, tourists can travel free for the rest of the week.”

Ms Berejiklian said unlike other cities, in Sydney customers don’t have to pay for the Opal card itself, it’s free and tourists can keep and use it next time they visit.

“Geographically, Opal is the biggest electronic ticketing system in the world, which means customers can use their card to travel to popular tourist destinations including the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, South Coast and Southern Highlands,” she said.

“The people of NSW are falling in love with the Opal card and now it’s time we encourage tourists to get on board and realise how simple catching public transport in Sydney and the regions can be with Opal.”

Acting Minister for Tourism and Major Events Katrina Hodgkinson said Destination NSW is working with the Opal team to make Opal accessible for visitors, including engaging with hotels and the tourism industry to promote the card and its benefits.

“Tourism is a major contributor to the NSW economy, which is why the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is working hard to ensure visitors have the best experience when they visit our great State,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

Opal cards are available from more than 1,000 retailers including all 200 7-Eleven stores across greater Sydney, select newsagents, local corner stores and selected Woolworths supermarkets. Opal is also available online at opal.com.au or by calling 13 67 25. Machines will also be installed at stations further along in the rollout.

Opal proves just the ticket for tourists

2 October 2014
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