Free travel on the NSW Opal train network from Monday to Friday


Travel will be free for commuters on all Opal network services operated by Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink, Airport Link, and Sydney Metro across NSW from tomorrow.

The NSW Government implemented fare free travel to prevent the Rail Tram and Bus Union’s planned industrial action across the rail network next week and the inconvenience it would have caused to commuters across Sydney.

The RTBU has since agreed to stop the planned industrial action next week.

Travel will be free on the Opal train network from 12.01am Monday 21 November 2022 to 11.59pm Friday 25 November 2022.

The five fare free days will apply to Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink intercity, Airport Link, and Sydney Metro services on the Opal network. Opal gates and readers at train stations will be turned off during this fare free period meaning customers will not need to tap on and tap off.

However, commuters on all other services including bus, ferry, and light rail, must tap on and off as normal and fares will continue to be charged.

Opal benefits will still apply to all paid journeys where customers tap on and tap off.

Transport for NSW will automatically refund any rail customers that are charged a fare during the fare free week back to the Opal card or credit/debit card that was used to tap.

Commuters who use Park&Ride commuter car parks will still be able to access free parking to travel on the Opal network.

For the latest public transport information on the fare free period visit