More private ferries tap on to Opal


Ferry customers now have even more choice, with three major private ferry routes tapping on to the OpalPay system.

Services run by Sealink and Captain Cook Cruises running from Manly, Watsons Bay and Lane Cove will use OpalPay from January 30, after the successful rollout of the new system on the Manly Fast Ferry.

“Since launching OpalPay in December, it has smashed expectations, with customers completing 100,000 transactions,” Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said.

“We know how popular tap and go payments are and this rollout is about continuing to spread the convenience of Opal to a wider range of transport services, making journeys even easier for our customers.”

Customers will be able to use OpalPay on the following SeaLink/Captain Cook Cruises routes:

  • Manly – Darling Harbour, King St Wharf No. 2
  • Circular Quay – Lane Cove
  • Circular Quay – Watsons Bay

Customers on these routes will have the option to purchase the private operator’s fare using the available balance on their Opal card by simply tapping to pay at the SeaLink / Captain Cook Cruises point-of-sale device on board the vessel. Customers don’t tap on at an Opal reader and they don’t need to tap off.

“With the introduction of OpalPay, customers will no longer purchase an individual private ferry ticket, you can just tap your Opal card, giving customers greater flexibility with more public transport options and the convenience of one travel card to pay for more of their journeys,” Mr Constance said.

Cook Cruises Australia, part of the SeaLink Travel Group has provided ferry and cruising services across Sydney Harbour for four decades, with 22 vessels transporting more than 720,000 passengers across its service routes last year.

Unlike journeys made with an Opal card on regular public transport services, OpalPay trips do not contribute to Opal travel benefits or discounts. OpalPay trips are not included in benefit schemes offered by private transport operators.

Find out more about OpalPay