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Child fares

Child fares are for:

Children aged three years and under travel free.

You will need a Child/Youth Opal card to travel on Child fares. If not, you can purchase a Child Opal single ticket to avoid fines. 

Don’t forget to tap off, or you’ll be charged a default fare which is the maximum possible fare for your trip. You will never be charged more than the Daily or Weekly travel caps.

You can use the Trip Planner or Opal Travel app to plan your trip and estimate the Opal fares.

Learn more on how Opal fares work.

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:

  • $8.90 a day (Monday to Thursdays)
  • $4.45 on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays
  • $25 a week

Please note that:

  • The Opal week runs from Monday to Sunday.
  • The Sydney Airport station access fee is not included in the Daily or Weekly Travel Caps however there is a separate weekly cap on the station access fee.

You will receive a 30% fare discount on metro/train, bus and light rail services when travelling on Fridays, weekends, public holidays and outside of the peak times. Find out more.

Distance Child peak fare Child off peak fare
0 - 10 km $2.00 $1.40
10 - 20 km $2.48 $1.73
20 - 35 km $2.86 $2.00
35 - 65 km $3.82 $2.67
65+ km $4.92 $3.44

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 peak fare Child off-peak fare
0 – 3km $1.60 $1.12
3 - 8km $2.07 $1.44
8+km $2.66 $1.86
Distance Child fare
0 - 9 km $3.39
9+ km $4.24
Newcastle Stockton ferry $1.60

Private ferries

Private ferries don't accept Opal single trip tickets.

Some private ferries accept Opal cards through OpalPay. Check for 'OpalPay accepted here' signs. OpalPay fares differ from regular Opal fares and don't count towards Opal benefits.

Distance Child peak fare Child off peak fare
0 - 3 km $1.60 $1.12
3 - 8 km $2.07 $1.44
8+ km $2.66 $1.86