Train tickets and fares

sydney train at station platform
photo credit: Transport for NSW

Sydney and surrounding areas

You must have an Opal card, or you will need to purchase an Opal single trip ticket, to travel by train on the Opal network.

To ensure you are travelling on a valid ticket, you must tap on with your Opal card or Opal single trip ticket 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.

Regional NSW

To travel by train 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 by train on regional and rural transport services.


Opal card

Opal card train fares are based on five 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.

Off-peak train fares

When using an Opal card on the train, you receive a 30 per cent fare discount when travelling on weekends, public holidays and outside of the peak times below.

Days of the week Sydney Trains peak times NSW TrainLink peak times
Monday to Friday

7am - 9am 

4pm - 6.30pm

6am - 8am

4pm - 6.30pm

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

Opal single trip tickets

Opal single trip ticket train fares are based on five 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 Concession Card holders.

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

Opal single trip tickets can be purchased from Opal top up and single trip ticket machines located at selected stations . They are valid from the time of purchase until 4am the next day, for travel between two stations on the Sydney Trains Network and NSW TrainLink Intercity Trains Network.

You cannot break your journey with an Opal single trip ticket. If you exit through the ticket gates, the ticket is no longer valid.

Opal single trip tickets must be tapped on and tapped off like an Opal card to be valid.

Train fares

Children aged three years and under travel free.

Adult

Distance Adult Opal card fares Adult Opal single trip ticket fares
0 - 10 km $3.38
($2.36 off-peak)
$4.10
10 - 20 km $4.20
($2.94 off-peak)
$5.10
20 - 35 km $4.82
($3.37 off-peak)
$5.80
35 - 65 km $6.46
($4.52 off-peak)
$7.80
65+ km $8.30
($5.81 off-peak)
$10.00

 

 Child/Youth

Distance Child/Youth Opal card fares Child/Youth Opal single trip ticket fares
0 - 10 km $1.69
($1.18 off-peak)
$2.00
10 - 20 km $2.10
($1.47 off-peak)
$2.50
20 - 35 km $2.41
($1.68 off-peak)
$2.90
35 - 65 km $3.23
($2.26 off-peak)
$3.90
65+ km $4.15
($2.90 off-peak)
$5.00

 

Concession, Senior and Pensioner

Distance Concession Opal card fares Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card fares Adult Opal single trip ticket fares
0 - 10 km $1.69*
($1.18 off-peak)
 $1.69*
($1.18 off-peak)
$4.10*
10 - 20 km $2.10*
($1.47 off-peak)
 $2.10*
($1.47 off-peak)
$5.10*
20 - 35 km $2.41*
($1.68 off-peak)
 $2.41*
($1.68 off-peak)
$5.80*
35 - 65 km $3.23*
($2.26 off-peak)
 $2.50 - daily cap*
($2.26 off-peak)
$7.80*
65+ km $4.15*
($2.90 off-peak)
 $2.50 - daily cap*
($2.50 off-peak - daily cap)
$10.00*

 *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


Travelling to and from Sydney Airport

When you catch a train to or from Sydney Domestic Airport Station or International Airport Station, a Sydney Airport station access fee applies.