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Trips, journeys and transfers

When using your Opal card, fares are charged depending on the distance of your trip or overall journey, and transfers you make along the way.

A trip is travel on one route, on one mode. When you transfer to another route or service, you are commencing a new trip.

A journey consists of one or more trips on eligible services where transfers between services occur within 60 minutes*.

A transfer occurs at the end of a single trip. It is a change of transport mode or route, to another service or route, to continue a journey. Transfers made within a standard transfer time of 60 minutes combine trips into a single journey.

The 60 minute transfer time applies to all services except the Sydney Ferries Manly ferry service where the standard transfer time is 130 minutes from tap on.