Opal is your ticket to travel

To see the sights in Sydney, or explore north to Newcastle, west to the Blue Mountains or south to Wollongong and the Southern Highlands, it’s all so easy on public transport.

Our transport network includes trains, buses, ferries and light rail across an area bigger than Switzerland, Holland, or Taiwan. All you need is an Opal card to use it.

Using Opal on public transport

An Opal card is a free smartcard that you keep and reuse. You load value onto your card then tap on and tap off to pay your fare on trains, buses, ferries and light rail.

Adult Opal cards are for customers aged 16 years and over who normally pay full fare. Child/Youth Opal cards are for customers aged 4–15 years inclusive and customers aged 16 and over with a NSW/ACT Secondary Student Concession Card.

You can get Adult and Child/Youth Opal cards and top up your Opal card balance at 2,100 Opal retailers.

Australian seniors and pensioners may be eligible to travel with a Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card. You will need to apply two weeks before you travel and it will be valid for 60 days from date of issue.

Quick guide to get started - it's as easy as 1, 2, 3

1. Find an Opal retailer to get an Adult or Child/Youth Opal card and top up your Opal card balance. 2. Use the trip planner to plan your trip and calculate your fare. 3. Tap on at the start of your trip and tap off at the end to pay the correct fare. Learn how to tap on at the Opal website

Planning your trip with real-time apps

You can plan a trip online using the trip planner or use one of the real-time apps on your smartphone. The real-time apps allow you to plan your trip and track your train, bus, ferry or light rail in real time.

Opal card benefits

Opal benefits apply when you travel with an Opal card.

If you are travelling to and from the Sydney Airport train stations, you will need to pay the station access fee.

Daily travel caps

Travel all day on trains, buses, ferries and light rail and pay no more than:

  • $15 a day for Adult
  • $7.50 a day for Child/Youth
  • $2.50 a day for Gold Senior/Pensioner

Weekly travel caps

Travel all week on trains, buses, ferries and light rail and pay no more than:

  • $60 a week for Adult
  • $30 a week for Child/Youth
  • $15 a week for Gold Senior/Pensioner

Sunday travel cap

Travel all day on trains, buses, ferries and light rail and pay no more than $2.50 every Sunday when travelling with an Adult, Child/Youth or Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card.

Weekly travel reward

With an Opal card, when you have paid for eight trips in one week (Monday to Sunday), you reach the Weekly Travel Reward. For the rest of that week, your trips will be half price. You must tap on and tap off each time to receive the discount.

30% discount with off-peak train fares

When you travel outside of peak times with an Opal card, your train fares are discounted by 30%. This is automatically calculated when you tap off at the end of your trip.

For Opal terms and full details of benefits, visit the Opal website.

Top up your Opal card

Top up your Opal card before you travel or top up on the move.

When planning your trip ensure your Opal card balance will cover the cost of your fares, or consider how you will top up your card balance along the way.

Top up amounts

When you top up your Opal card, there are set amounts you can add to your card balance.

For Adult Opal cards, you can top up with $10, $20, $40, $50, $60, $80, $100 or $120.

For Child/Youth and Senior/ Pensioner Opal cards, you can top up with $5, $10, $20, $30, $40, $50 or $60.

How to top up

When you need to top up your card balance, you have lots of options:

When you top up through the Opal app, online or over the phone:

  • Allow up to an hour for your card balance to update.
  • Tap on at an Opal Reader within 60 days, or the top up amount will be refunded to your account.

Opal single tickets

Alternatively if you do not have an Opal card, you can purchase Opal single trip tickets for train, ferry and light rail from Opal top up and single trip ticket machines located at selected stations and wharves.

On buses, you can purchase an Opal single bus ticket from the driver. However this does not include on PrePay buses and from PrePay stops. PrePay buses accept Opal card only. For example, all bus stops in the city are PrePay only from 7am-7pm on weekdays.

Opal single trip and single bus ticket fares are more expensive than using an Opal card.

Opal card and single ticket fares

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