Concession fares for seniors

    Overview

    If you have a Seniors Card issued by any Australian state or territory, you are entitled to concession fares on public transport in NSW.

    You must carry your Seniors Card when travelling on a concession fare as proof of entitlement, or you may be fined.

    Sydney and surrounding areas – Opal network

    With a Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card and a Seniors Card, you pay:

    • Concession fares on trains, buses, most ferries and light rail.
    • $2.50 daily with the Opal travel cap. This does not include the Sydney Airport station access fee.

    Without a Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card and a Seniors Card, you are required to pay for and travel with an Adult fare.

    Regional NSW – outside Opal network

    With a Seniors Card, you pay:

    NSW Seniors Card

    To be eligible for a NSW Seniors Card, you must be a NSW permanent resident aged 60 or over, doing no more than an average of 20 hours of paid work a week, across a 12 month period.

    How to apply

    NSW Seniors Cards are issued by the Department of Family and Community Services.

    To apply for a NSW Seniors Card and any replacement, visit the NSW Seniors Card website or call 13 77 88 and your application will be processed over the phone.

    Seniors Cards are issued free of charge and have no expiry.


    Interstate Seniors Card

    If you do not reside in NSW, contact the applicable state government department in your home state or territory to apply for your Seniors Card.


    Sydney and surrounding areas – Opal network

    Opal is an electronic ticketing system used on public transport in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra and Southern Highlands.

    Inside the Opal network, if you are a senior, you can travel with one of these tickets:

    • Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card
    • Adult Opal card
    • Adult Opal single trip ticket or Opal single bus ticket

    How to get your Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card

    If you have a Seniors Card issued by any Australian state or territory, you are eligible for a Gold Senior/ Pensioner Opal card.

    Travelling with your Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card

    You must carry these two cards when you travel:

    Seniors card issued by any Australian state or territory as proof of entitlement and Gold Senior / Pensioner Opal card

    If you do not have your Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card and proof of entitlement, you are required to pay for and travel with an Adult fare, or you may be fined.

    For Opal terms of use and travel benefits, visit the Opal website.


    Travelling to and from Sydney Airport train stations

    • With your Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card and proof of entitlement, you are entitled to a Concession Sydney Airport station access fee.
    • Without your Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card and proof of entitlement, you are required to pay the Adult Sydney Airport station access fee.

    Read more about travelling to the airport by train and the Sydney Airport station access fee.


    Opal card, single trip tickets and fares


    Regional NSW - outside Opal network

    If you have a Seniors Card issued by any Australian state or territory, you are entitled to concession fares on privately-operated regular route local bus services and all NSW TrainLink Regional services.

    This includes:

    • $2.50 all day travel with the Regional Excursion Daily ticket on local buses.
    • $2.50 all day travel with the Country Pensioner Excursion ticket for booked NSW TrainLink Regional services.
    • Concession fares when you travel interstate on NSW TrainLink Regional services (entitlements vary from state to state).

    Other privately owned and operated services may offer concessions at their own discretion. Check with local transport operators before you travel.


    Exceptions

    Concession fares are not available to holders of other types of seniors cards, such as:

    • New Zealand SuperGold Card.
    • National Seniors Card.
    • Queensland Seniors Business Discount Card.
    • Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card.

    Concessions are not available on fast ferry services between Manly and Circular Quay, event shuttle buses, chartered bus services and Great Southern Rail services.


    Replacement cards

    • NSW Seniors Card: Visit the NSW Seniors Card website or call 13 77 88 for free card replacement.
    • Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card: Call 13 67 25 (13 OPAL). A replacement fee may apply.