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Senior and pensioner fares

Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card fares are for eligible seniors, pensioners, asylum seekers and NSW war widows and widowers. First check your eligibility and then apply on the Opal website.

When travelling on a Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card you must also carry your proof of entitlement card, otherwise you must pay for an Adult Opal fare. If you do not, you may be fined.

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

With a Senior/Pensioner Gold Opal card you can travel as much as you want on trains, buses, ferries and light rail within the Opal network and you never pay more than $2.50 a day.

Weekday/Saturday $2.50
Sunday $2.50

Please note that:

Distance Gold Opal
card fare
Adult Opal single
trip ticket fare
0 - 10 km $1.77
($1.23 off-peak)
$4.40
10 - 20 km $2.20
($1.54 off-peak)
$5.40
20 - 35 km $2.50
($1.76 off-peak)
$6.20
35 - 65 km $2.50
-daily cap
($2.36 off-peak)
$8.20
65+ km $2.50
-daily cap
($2.50 off-peak
-daily cap)
$10.60

Peak and off-peak times

When using an Opal card on the train, you receive a 30 per cent fare discount when travelling on weekends, public holidays and outside of the peak times below. Note: During the week, morning peak travel times can vary for some Intercity stations, depending on which station you tap on at. Look up your station to check peak times.

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

Days of the week Sydney Trains peak times NSW TrainLink peak times
Monday to Friday

7am - 9am
4pm - 6.30pm

6am - 8am
4pm - 6.30pm

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
card fare
Adult Opal single
bus ticket fare
0 - 3 km $1.10 $2.80
3 - 8 km $1.83 $4.40
8+ km $2.35 $5.80

Newcastle buses

In Newcastle city centre there is a Fare Free Zone.

Distance Gold Opal
card fare
Adult Opal single
trip ticket fare
0 - 9 km $2.50
-daily cap
$7.40
9+ km $2.50
-daily cap
$9.20
Newcastle Stockton ferry $1.10 $2.80

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. 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.
Distance Gold Opal
card fare
Adult Opal single
trip ticket fare
0 - 3 km $1.10 $2.80
3 - 8 km $1.83 $4.40