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Child fares

Children aged three years and under travel free.

Child/Youth Opal cards and Opal single trip ticket are for children aged 4–15 years.

Eligible full time NSW/ACT school students aged 16 years or older with their Secondary Student Concession Card also pay Child/Youth fares.

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

With a Child/Youth 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 $7.70 a day, $30.80 a week, or $2.60 on Sunday.

Please note that:

Distance Child/Youth
Opal card fare
Child/Youth Opal
single trip ticket fare
0 - 10 km $1.73
($1.21 off-peak)
$2.10
10 - 20 km $2.15
($1.50 off-peak)
$2.60
20 - 35 km $2.47
($1.72 off-peak)
$3.00
35 - 65 km $3.30
($2.31 off-peak)
$4.00
65+ km $4.25
($2.97 off-peak)
$5.10

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. Find out more about peak and off-peak train fares.

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 Intercity trains 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.

Travelling between Hamilton and Newcastle

The route 110 bus replaces trains between these stops. The fare will cost the same as if you were catching the train.

Distance Child/Youth
Opal card fare
Child/Youth Opal
single bus ticket fare
0 - 3 km $1.07 $1.30
3 - 8 km $1.79 $2.10
8+ km $2.30 $2.80

Newcastle buses

In Newcastle city centre there is a Fare Free Zone.

Distance Child/Youth
Opal card fare
Child/Youth Opal
single trip ticket fare
0 - 9 km $2.94 $3.50
9+ km $3.67 $4.40
Newcastle Stockton ferry $1.07 $1.30

Private ferries

Opal cards and Opal single trip tickets are not accepted on private ferries.

Distance Child/Youth
Opal card fare
Child/Youth Opal
single trip ticket fare
0 - 3 km $1.07 $1.30
3 - 8 km $1.79 $2.10