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Contactless payments

Contactless is a quick and easy way to pay for your trip on public transport on the Opal network.

If you have an American Express, Mastercard or Visa credit or debit card or a linked device, you can use it to pay for your travel by tapping on and tapping off at Opal readers. Just look for the contactless payment symbol /sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/image/2017/07/contactless-symbol.png?itok=KL_eUfMj. Contactless payments are available on all public transport in the Opal network.

You will receive the same travel benefits of an Adult Opal card and pay an Adult fare when you tap on and tap off consistently with the same credit card, debit card or linked device. Find out more about paying the right fare.

If you’re unsure whether your card is contactless-enabled, check with your card issuer.

Always separate your cards when you tap on and tap off so your preferred card is charged.

Note: contactless payments are not accepted for Transport Park&Ride or On Demand services.

How to use contactless

What you need to know to pay for travel with your contactless card or linked device.

Fares and benefits

Find out more about how fares are calculated, Opal benefits and how to apply for a refund.

Watch out for card clash

Remember to separate your cards when you tap on and tap off to ensure your preferred card is charged. Only tap on and tap off with the card you wish to use.

Fare compliance

You must always tap on at the start and tap off at the end of each trip to ensure you are travelling with a valid ticket. If you are caught travelling without a valid ticket or not paying the correct fare, you may be issued with a fine of $200 (Maximum $550).

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Visiting Sydney

If your contactless-enabled credit or debit card was issued outside of Australia, overseas transaction charges may apply. Contact your card issuer for more information.

Help in other languages

To find out more about paying with contactless, choose from one of the languages below.