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Visitor tickets

To catch trains, buses, ferries and light rail in Sydney and surrounding areas you will need an Opal card or Opal single ticket.

The Opal network covers all of Sydney, north to Newcastle, west to the Blue Mountains and south to Wollongong and the Southern Highlands.

If you are taking more than one trip on public transport, using an Opal Card is the most convenient and affordable way to pay for your fares. Simply tap on and off as you go.

Opal single tickets are also available as a back up option for when you have forgotten your Opal card or if you do not have one as yet.

If you are coming by plane, there are public transport options to get to and from Sydney Airport.

If you are visiting Australia from overseas, you can pay your fares on public transport with an Opal card or Opal single ticket.

  • Adult Opal cards and single tickets are for those aged 16 years and over.
  • Child/Youth Opal cards and single tickets are for those aged 4 to 15 years.
  • Children aged 3 years and under travel free.

If you are visiting NSW from interstate, you can pay your fares on public transport with an Opal card or Opal single ticket.

  • Adult Opal cards and single tickets are for those aged 16 years and over.
  • Child/Youth Opal cards and single tickets are for those aged 4 to 15 years.
  • Children aged 3 years and under travel free.

However, if you are an interstate senior or pensioner, you may be eligible to apply for and use a Gold Opal card.

Eligible ACT secondary students pay Child/Youth fares with the correct proof of entitlement card.

The application process for all Gold Opal cards takes 7-10 days, including the time for the card to be posted to you.

Pensioners

Eligible interstate pensioners can apply for a Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card to use on public transport in Sydney and surrounding areas. You must have a valid Pensioner Card issued by any Australian state or territory.

Check if you are an eligible pensioner and apply.

Seniors

Eligible ACT seniors can apply for a Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card. Apply through the process for both NSW and ACT residents.

Eligible seniors from any other Australian state or territory can apply for a short term Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card. You will need to apply 2 weeks before you arrive. Your temporary Gold Opal card will be valid for 60 days from the date of application.

Check if you are an eligible senior and apply.

Proof of entitlement

If you are travelling with a Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card, you must carry a valid proof of entitlement card. If not, you must pay for an Adult fare otherwise you may be fined for travelling on an invalid ticket.

Eligible ACT secondary students can travel with a Child/Youth Opal card or Child/Youth Opal single tickets when carrying a valid proof of entitlement card.

Check if you are an eligible secondary student.

If you are visiting Sydney from outside the Opal network and have yet to get an Opal card, find the right Opal card and ticketing options for you.

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.

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

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 Travel app, online or over the phone:

  • Allow up to 15 mins for your card balance to update or one hour if using a bus.
  • Tap on at an Opal Reader within 60 days, or the top up amount will be refunded to your account.