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Tap on every time to avoid a fine

Transport officers will be targeting fare evaders across the network in the coming weeks with over 800 officers watching to make sure commuters are tapping on. Officers will be at train stations, Metro stations, ferry wharves, and will be boarding buses and light rail across peak and off peak services.

Officers will be carrying Opal card readers to check if you have paid your fare. If you are using an Opal card, officers will check your balance, recent transaction history and the card type (e.g. Adult, Senior/Pensioner, Concession or Child/Youth). If you are using a contactless card or device, officers will check if it is valid and accepted for contactless payments, where you tapped on or off and the fare you paid.

If you are travelling without a valid ticket, you will be caught and you will be fined.

Key facts

  • On average, up to 30,000 people have their tickets checked every day
  • While most people pay the correct fare, some people don’t do the right thing
  • The chances of getting caught are high because officers will be travelling across the whole transport network and at different times of the day

When everyone pays their fares, it means there is more money to spend on extra services and new infrastructure, and we are able to better plan for future services and develop accurate real-time information for you.

It’s now easier than ever to pay for public transport because Contactless payments are available on all public transport in NSW. Opal readers across the network accept American Express, Mastercard and Visa. You can also tap on and off using mobile wallets on smartphones, tablets and wearable devices linked to these cards. You can use a contactless payments for Adult Opal fares and get the same travel benefits as Opal.

Remember, it is an offence to travel on public transport in NSW without being in possession of a valid ticket. If you’re using a mobile or wearable device you must ensure your device has enough charge to complete your journey.

Tap on every time to avoid a hefty $200 fine (maximum fine amount $550).

Find out more about how to pay for public transport in NSW