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Concession fares

Concession Opal card fares are for eligible tertiary students, Centrelink customers, apprentices and trainees. First check your eligibility and then apply on the Opal website.

When travelling on a Concession 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.

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 Opal fares.

With a Concession 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 Concession
Opal card fare
Adult Opal single
trip ticket fare
0 - 10 km $1.73
($1.21 off-peak)
$4.20
10 - 20 km $2.15
($1.50 off-peak)
$5.20
20 - 35 km $2.47
($1.72 off-peak)
$6.00
35 - 65 km $3.30
($2.31 off-peak)
$8.00
65+ km $4.25
($2.97 off-peak)
$10.20

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 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.

Distance Concession
Opal card fares
Adult Opal single
bus ticket fare
0 - 3 km $1.07 $2.60
3 - 8 km $1.79 $4.30
8+ km $2.30 $5.60

Newcastle buses

In Newcastle city centre there is a Fare Free Zone.

Distance Concession
Opal card fare
Adult Opal single
trip ticket fare
0 - 9 km $2.94 $7.10
9+ km $3.67 $8.90
Newcastle Stockton ferry $1.07 $2.60

Private ferries

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.

Opal single trip tickets are not accepted on private ferries.

Distance Concession
Opal card fare
Adult Opal single
trip ticket fare
0 - 3 km $1.07 $2.60
3 - 8 km $1.79 $4.30