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Get Opal and top up

How to get an Opal card

Depending on which card you need, there are a number of ways to get an Opal card. Adult and Child/Youth Opal cards are available over the counter while concession cards must be applied for online, or over the phone. To check which Opal card you need, see ticket eligibility.

You can get these Opal cards:

You will need to provide your proof of entitlement card and information based on your type of eligibility. You can get these Opal cards:

    Available through your school or educational institution

    For all the eligibility and application information, visit the School Transport Subsidy Scheme website.

    Opal top up

    Opal cards are smartcard tickets that you keep, reload and reuse. There are many ways you can top up your Opal card balance.

    Once you have your Opal card, you can top up by:

    Free travel and school Opal cards do not need to be topped up.

    For more information about ways to top up and top up amounts, visit the Opal website.

    Where to buy Opal single trip tickets

    If you don't have an Opal card, you will need to get an Opal single trip ticket. If you don't get an Opal single trip ticket and don't have an Opal card, you can be fined for travelling on an invalid ticket.

    Opal single trip tickets are available from top up and single trip ticket machines at selected stations and wharves. Search for your station, stop or wharf to see ticket and other facilities. Opal single trip tickets are recognised by the Opal card readers and you need to tap on and off for your ticket to be valid.

    If you are unable to purchase an Opal single trip ticket from your station, stop or wharf, you must get an Opal card.

    Travelling without a ticket or with an invalid ticket is fare evasion and you may be fined. See fare compliance.

    Opal single bus tickets can be purchased from the driver, except on PrePay buses.

    These tickets do not need to be tapped on or off. If boarding a PrePay bus you need a valid Opal card.