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Contactless payments

Contactless is a quick and easy way to pay for your trip on the light rail or on a Sydney Ferries service.

If your payment card has the contactless payment symbol or you have a mobile device linked to an accepted contactless payment card, then you can use it to pay for travel when catching a Sydney Ferries service or the L1 Dulwich Hill Light Rail in Sydney. You can tap on and tap off on these services using a contactless-enabled American Express, Mastercard or Visa card, as well as an Opal card or Opal single trip ticket.

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

It’s the same fare as an Adult Opal single trip ticket for that distance. You tap on and off as normal.

When catching the ferry or light rail you can tap on at an Opal card reader at the start of your trip. You must also tap off at the end of your trip. If you don't tap on and off you will be charged the maximum fare. You could also be fined for fare evasion.

You can reverse your tap on by tapping off again with the same card or device on the same wharf or stop within 15 minutes for light rail and within 30 minutes of ferry travel, just as you would with an Opal card.

Contactless payments are not currently available on any train or bus services.

If you're visiting Sydney and have a contactless-enabled credit or debit card, using it could save you time, because you won't need to get or top up an Opal card or buy an Opal single trip ticket.

If your card was issued outside of Australia, overseas transaction charges may apply.

Contact your card issuer for more information.

Find out more about Opal for visitors.

You can only pay for one person per card per trip with contactless. That means if you are travelling in a group, each person will have to use a separate contactless payment card, linked device or other method of payment such as an Opal card or Opal single trip ticket.

Contactless payment cards or devices which have just been used to tap on cannot be handed back for any additional passengers to tap on with.

Find out more about group travel.

The cost of a one-way fare using the contactless payment option is the same as an Adult Opal single trip ticket fare. Fares vary depending on how far you travel.

Child/Youth and Senior/Pensioner fares are not available using this payment method.

If you are entitled to concession fares, you should travel with a Child/Youth, Concession or Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card to avoid paying a higher fare.

Opal benefits such as the daily or weekly fare caps will not apply to contactless payments.

If you're eligible for an Opal benefit, such as the Opal Transfer Discount or Weekly Travel Reward, you should carry on using your existing Opal card.

If your card isn’t recognised the first time you tap on, it may be because the reader has not  detected  the card, or it has detected more  than one card. See card clash.

Try tapping on again. If the card still isn’t recognised you will see a ‘Card Not Valid’ message and a number indicating why the card was rejected.

Your card may not work because:

  • there may be insufficient funds available on the contactless-enabled card. Fares for any prior travel need to be settled before the same card can be used again to travel
  • your card is old or does not support contactless payments
  • your card has expired.

If your card is not working you can ask for help from ferry or light rail staff, however it is likely you will need to contact your card issuer to resolve the issue. You can still use an Opal card or an Opal single trip ticket to travel.

If you tap your purse or wallet containing more than one contactless-enabled payment card (including an Opal card) on an Opal card reader, the reader may debit a card you had not intended to use for this payment, or the gate may not open because multiple cards have been detected. This is known as ‘card clash’.

Separate your cards when you tap on and tap off to ensure your preferred card is charged.