Opal card benefits
Opal benefits apply when you travel with an Opal card, excluding OpalPay trips on selected private ferries and On Demand public transport. If you are using contactless payments only some of these benefits will apply. Make sure you understand the differences between a trip, journey and transfer.
With an Opal card, when you have paid for eight journeys in one week (Monday to Sunday), you reach the Weekly Travel Reward. For the rest of that week, your fares will be half price. You must tap on and tap off each time to receive the discount.
Adult Opal card holders get a $2 discount for every transfer between metro/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.
Trips that include transfers between Sydney Metro, Sydney Trains and/or NSW TrainLink Intercity services are considered a continuous journey. No need to tap off and on again between services, and you’ll be charged a single fare.
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.