Bus tickets and fares

Sydney bus driving up street
photo credit: Transport for NSW

Sydney and surrounding areas (including Newcastle)

You must have an Opal card, or you will need to purchase an Opal single bus ticket from the driver, to travel by bus inside the Opal network.

To ensure you are travelling on a valid ticket, you must tap on with your Opal card at the start of your trip and tap off at the end. If you do not, you may be fined or charged a higher fare.

In Newcastle, Government buses operate through a Fare Free Zone.

Tickets and fares may differ on special event buses and charter services.

Regional NSW

For regional and rural buses, contact local transport operators for tickets and fares. 

To travel by coach on NSW TrainLink Regional services, you will need to pre-book your seat. You can book on the NSW TrainLink website, call 13 22 32 or visit your local NSW Trainlink Travel Centre.

Find out more about travelling on regional and rural transport bus and coach services.


Opal card

Opal card bus fares are calculated based on three distance-based fare bands and are calculated from where you tap on to where you tap off. The correct fare is automatically deducted from your card.

You can use the trip planner to calculate your approximate Opal card fare.

Opal single bus tickets

Opal single bus ticket fares are based on three distance-based fare bands and are available in Adult and Child/Youth.

Adult tickets are for all customers aged 16 years and older, with the exception of Senior Secondary Student card holders.

Child/Youth tickets are for children aged 4–15 years and eligible full time NSW/ACT school students aged 16 years or older with a Senior Secondary Student Concession Card. Students must carry this card as proof of entitlement.

Opal single bus tickets can be purchased from the bus driver on board the service you wish to travel on. This does not include on PrePay bus services, which accept Opal cards only.

You cannot break a journey with an Opal single bus ticket. Tickets purchased from the bus driver are valid for that service only. Once you leave the bus, the ticket is no longer valid.

Bus fares

Children aged three years and under travel free.

Adult

Distance Adult Opal card fare Adult Opal single bus ticket fare

0 - 3 km

$2.10

$2.60

3 - 8 km

$3.50

$4.20

8+ km

$4.50

$5.40

 

Child/Youth

Distance Child/Youth Opal card fare Child/Youth Opal single bus ticket fare

0 - 3 km

$1.05

$1.30

3 - 8 km

$1.75

$2.10

8+ km

$2.25

$2.70

 

Concession, Senior and Pensioner

Distance Concession or Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card fares Adult Opal single bus ticket fare

0 - 3 km

$1.05*

$2.60*

3 - 8 km

$1.75*

$4.20*

8+ km

$2.25*

$5.40*

 *If you are travelling on a Concession Opal card or a Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card and are entitled to concession fares, you must have sufficient value on your card and carry your proof of entitlement. Otherwise you must travel with and pay for an Adult Opal fare. If you do not, you may be fined.

Opal terms and conditions

Newcastle Fare Free Zone

Government buses operate through a Fare Free Bus Zone in the city centre of Newcastle between 7.30am and 6.00pm, seven days per week.

The Fare Free Zone extends from Selma Street in the west, north to the Tree of Knowledge corner (Hannell Street Wickham) and east to the beaches along King Street. From there it loops south into Darby Street, along Bull Street and then back to King Street.

Normal fares apply outside the specified hours and/or beyond the Fare Free Zone.

You do not have to tap on and off with your Opal card when you are travelling within the boundaries of the Fare Free Zone.

You do have to tap on and off with your Opal card for the following:

  • Your journey starts outside of the Fare Free Zone and you complete your journey outside of the zone.
  • Your journey starts in the Fare Free Zone and you complete your journey outside the zone.
  • Your journey starts outside the Fare Free Zone and you complete your journey within the zone.

Fare Free Zone Map