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Child fares

Children aged three years and under travel free.

Child/Youth Opal cards and Opal single trip ticket are for children aged 4–15 years.

Eligible full time NSW/ACT school students aged 16 years or older with their Secondary Student Concession Card also pay Child/Youth fares.

Contactless fares are charged at the equivalent of an Adult Opal ticket, no discount applies for any child or youth using a contactless card to travel.

If you forget to tap off you’ll be charged a default fare which is the maximum possible fare for the mode you are travelling on, based on your Opal card type. However, you will never be charged over the Daily Travel Cap.

Find out more about how Opal fares are calculated. You can use the Trip Planner or Opal Travel app to plan your trip and estimate the Opal fares.

With a Child/Youth Opal card you can travel as much as you want on metro, train, bus, ferry and light rail services within the Opal network and you never pay more than $8 a day, $25 a week, or $2.80 on Sunday.

From 6 July, there will be a new $4 all day travel cap on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays

Please note that:

When using a Child/Youth Opal card on metro/train services, you receive a 30% fare discount when travelling on weekends, public holidays and outside of the peak times below.

From 6 July, you will receive a temporary 50% discount for off peak travel on metro/train, bus and light rail services. Peak travel times will also change. Find out more.

Note:

  • Your fare will be calculated from the time when you tap on.
  • Trips that include transfers between Sydney Metro, Sydney Trains and/or NSW TrainLink Intercity services are considered a continuous journey. No need to tap off and on again between services, and you’ll be charged a single fare.
  • During the week, morning peak travel times can vary for some Intercity stations, depending on where you tap on
  • On weekends and public holidays, all fares are charged as off-peak.
  • There is no off-peak discount when using an Opal single ticket.
  • You can use the Trip Planner or Opal Travel app to plan your trip and estimate the Opal fares
Days of the week Sydney metro and trains
peak times
Intercity trains
peak times
Bus and light rail
Monday to Friday

7am - 9am

4pm - 6.30pm

6am - 8am

4pm - 6.30pm

Not applicable
Monday to Friday
from 6 July

6.30am-10am

3pm-7pm

6am-10am

3pm-7pm

6.30am-10am

3pm-7pm

Distance Child/Youth
Opal card fare
Child/Youth Opal
off peak fare
Child/Youth Opal
off peak fare
as of 6 July
Child/Youth Opal
single trip ticket fare
0 - 10 km $1.80 $1.26 $0.90 $2.20
10 - 20 km $2.24 $1.56 $1.12 $2.80
20 - 35 km $2.57 $1.79 $1.28 $3.20
35 - 65 km $3.44 $2.40 $1.72 $4.20
65+ km $4.43 $3.10 $2.21 $5.40

Sydney airport

When travelling to the airport train stations, the Sydney Airport station access fee is added on to the cost of your fare.

Distance Child/Youth
Opal card fare
Child/Youth Opal
off peak fare
as of 6 July
Child/Youth Opal
single bus ticket fare
0 - 3 km $1.12
($1.60 as of 6 July)
$0.80 $1.40
($2.00 as of 6 July)
3 - 8 km $1.86 $0.93 $2.30
8+ km $2.40 $1.20 $3.00
Distance Child/Youth
Opal card fare
Child/Youth Opal card
off peak fare
as of 6 July
Child/Youth Opal
single trip ticket fare
0 - 9 km $3.06 $3.06 $3.80
9+ km $3.82 $3.82 $4.70
Newcastle Stockton ferry
0-3km
$1.12
($1.60 as of 6 July)
$0.80 $1.40
($2.00 as of 6 July)

Private ferries

Opal cards are accepted on some private ferries with OpalPay, wherever you see 'OpalPay accepted here'. With OpalPay, you can use your Opal card to pay your fare.

Note:

  • OpalPay fares are not the same as standard Opal fares. Fares and ticket terms and conditions are set by the operator
  • Concession fares are not offered on all services. Check with staff before you tap to pay
  • OpalPay will not contribute to your Opal travel benefits or discounts
  • Opal single trip tickets are not accepted on private ferries
Distance Child/Youth
Opal card fare
Child/Youth Opal
off peak fare
as of 6 July
Child/Youth Opal
single trip ticket fare
0 - 3 km $1.12
($1.60 from 6 July)
$0.80 $1.40
($2.00 from 6 July)
3 - 8 km $1.86 $0.93 $2.30
8+ km $2.40 $1.20 $3.00