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Opal card benefits

Opal benefits apply when you travel with an Opal card.

Travel all day on trains, buses, ferries and light rail and pay no more than:

Travel all week on trains, buses, ferries and light rail and pay no more than:

Travel all day on Sundays on trains, buses, ferries and light rail and pay no more than:

With an Opal card, when you have paid for eight trips in one week (Monday to Sunday), you reach the Weekly Travel Reward. For the rest of that week, your trips will be half price. You must tap on and tap off each time to receive the discount.

When you travel outside of peak times with an Opal card, your train fares are discounted by 30%. This is automatically calculated when you tap off at the end of your trip.

Adult Opal card holders get a $2 discount for every transfer between train, ferry, bus or light rail as part of one journey within 60 minutes from the last tap off.

Child/Youth, Gold Senior/Pensioner and Concession Opal card holders get a $1 discount for every transfer between modes.

Once you reach the Weekly Travel Reward of half-price travel, the Opal Transfer Discount is also reduced by 50%.

The Opal Transfer Discount does not apply when transferring between light rail and Sydney Ferries.

If you are travelling to and from the Sydney Airport train stations, you will need to pay the additional station access fee on top of your fare.

There is a station access fee weekly cap, however this is different to the Opal weekly travel cap.

If you make several trips using the same mode of transport, as long as your transfer occurs within 60 minutes of tapping off from your last trip, it counts as a single journey and a single fare.

An exception applies to the Sydney Ferries Manly ferry service where you do not tap off and the standard transfer time is counted as 2 hours and 10 minutes from tap on.

Auto top up lets you link your Opal card to a Visa or Mastercard credit or debit card. Then, whenever your balance gets low, it will top up automatically with whatever amount you have chosen. You won't need to remember to top up again as it will all happen automatically.