No Opal Card? No worries - just tap your Mastercard

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Customers and tourists travelling between Manly and Circular Quay on a Sydney Ferry are now able to use their Mastercard at the Opal gate

Customers and tourists travelling between Manly and Circular Quay on a Sydney Ferry are now able to use their Mastercard at the Opal gate to tap on to the popular service, in an Australian first trial.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced the trial of the new technology today, meaning Opal Card readers for the F1 service will now also accept credit and debit cards, or a mobile device linked to one of these accounts.

“From today, anyone catching the ferry with a Mastercard no longer needs to queue for a single Opal ticket and can simply tap on with their card at the Opal gates,” Mr Constance said.

“Australia is a world leader in the uptake of contactless payments in the retail sector so it makes sense to trial this convenience with our transport customers.

“We also know that 40 per cent of our passengers on the Circular Quay to Manly ferry are visitors to Sydney, so it makes sense to provide a convenient solution to those who may not have an Opal card.

“And for regular commuters, this is part of the Government’s focus on adapting the technologies of today to make the customer experience easier while testing out this technology for the future.”

While Opal remains the easiest and best way for regular travellers to get around on the public transport network, the addition of Contactless Tap Payment adds an extra level of convenience.

The cost of a journey using contactless payment will be the same as an Adult Opal single trip ticket and is initially only available for those with a Mastercard, with other providers set to join over the next year.