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Senior and pensioner fares

Senior and pensioner fares are for eligible:

  • seniors
  • pensioners
  • asylum seekers
  • DVA Gold Card holders
  • NSW war widows and widowers.

Check your eligibility and apply for a Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card 

DVA Gold Card holders apply at


When travelling on a Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card you must also carry your proof of entitlement card. If not, you you must pay an Adult fare using an Adult Opal card or contactless payment or purchase an Opal single ticket to avoid fines. 

Don't forget to tap off, or you will be charged a default fareFor Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal cardholders, it's never more than your $2.50 daily cap.

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

Learn how Opal fares work.

With a Senior/Pensioner Gold 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 $2.50 a day (weekdays or weekend days).

Please note that:

  • The Opal week runs from Monday to Sunday.
  • The Sydney Airport station access fee isn’t 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 Gold Opal
Gold Opal
off peak fare
0 - 10 km $2.00 $1.40
10 - 20 km $2.48 $1.73
20 - 35 km $2.50 $2.00
35 - 65 km $2.50 $2.50
65+ km $2.50 $2.50

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 Gold Opal fare Gold Opal off peak fare
0 - 3 km $1.60 $1.12
3 - 8 km $2.07 $1.44
8+ km $2.50 $1.86
Distance Gold Opal fare Gold Opal off peak fare
0 - 9 km $2.50 (daily cap) $2.50 (daily cap)
9+ km $2.50 (daily cap) $2.50 (daily cap)
Newcastle Stockton ferry $1.60 $1.12

Private ferries

Gold Opal card holders who live full-time in areas which are primarily only accessible by the ferry services listed below, can contact the ferry operator to check their eligibility for subsidised travel to the mainland.

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.

  • 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.
Distance Gold Opal fare Gold Opal off peak fare
0 - 3 km $1.60 $1.12
3 - 8 km $2.07 $1.44
8+ km $2.50 $1.86