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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:

  • The Opal week runs from Monday to Sunday.
  • The Sydney Airport station access fee isn’t included in the Daily or Sunday Travel Caps.
Distance Gold 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 $2.50
-daily cap
($2.31 off-peak)
$8.00
65+ km $2.50
-daily cap
($2.50 off-peak
-daily cap)
$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. 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 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.

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 Gold Opal
card fare
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 Gold Opal
card fare
Adult Opal single
trip ticket fare
0 - 9 km $2.50
-daily cap
$7.10
9+ km $2.50
-daily cap
$8.90
Newcastle Stockton ferry $1.07 $2.60

Private ferries

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

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