Ferry tickets and fares

Sydney Ferry on Sydney Harbour
photo credit: Transport for NSW

Sydney metropolitan area

You must have an Opal card, or you will need to purchase an Opal single trip ticket to travel on Sydney Ferries F1–F7 services.

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.

Tickets and fares differ on Manly Fast Ferry and other private ferry services. Opal cards and Opal single trip tickets are not accepted. Contact the ferry operator for ticket options.


On the Stockton ferry you will need either an Opal card, or you will need to purchase an Opal single trip ticket on board.

Regional NSW

For rural and regional ferry services, contact the ferry operator for tickets and fares.

Find out more about travelling by ferry on regional and rural transport serviecs.

Opal card

Opal card ferry fares are based on two 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 trip tickets

Opal single trip ticket fares for Sydney Ferries are based on two distance-based fare bands  and 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.

Tickets can be purchased from Opal top up or single trip ticket machines at selected wharves. They are valid from time of purchase until 4am the next day for travel between two wharves on the Sydney Ferries Network.

You cannot break your journey with an Opal single trip ticket. Once you leave the wharf and go through the exit or ticket gates, the ticket is no longer valid.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.

Opal fares

Children aged three years and under travel free.


Distance Adult Opal card fare Adult Opal single trip ticket fare
0 - 9 km $5.74 $6.90
9+ km $7.18 $8.70



Distance Child/Youth Opal card fare Child/Youth Opal single trip ticket fare
0 - 9 km $2.87 $3.40
9+ km $3.59 $4.30


Concession, Senior and Pensioner

Distance Concession Opal card fare Gold/Senior Opal card fare Adult Opal single trip ticket fare
0 - 9 km $2.87* $2.50 - Daily travel cap*  $6.90*
9+ km $3.59* $2.50 - Daily travel cap*  $8.70*


Stockton ferry fares - Newcastle

Opal card type Opal card fares Opal single trip ticket fares
Adult $2.10 $2.60
Child/Youth $1.05 $1.30
Concession $1.05* $2.60*
Gold Senior/Pensioner $1.05* $2.60*

 *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