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Opal single tickets

If you don't have an Opal card, you will need to get an Opal single trip ticket. Designed as a back up option, Opal single tickets are available for train, bus, ferry and light rail.

Opal single tickets are available as Adult or Child/Youth only. Child/Youth single tickets are for those aged 4-15 years old or eligible secondary students. There are no other concessions.

You cannot break your journey with Opal single tickets and there are no return tickets. You will need to buy a new ticket each time you change to another service.

Opal need to tapped on and off Opal card readers. If you do not tap on and off with your Opal single trip ticket, you are travelling on an invalid ticket and you may be fined.

There is a limit of two Adult and two Child/Youth Opal single trip tickets in a single transaction. Tickets are valid on the day of purchase until 4am the next day. Ticket refunds are only available if the ticket is faulty.

Opal single trip tickets are available from top up and single trip ticket machines at selected stations. Search for your station to see ticket and other facilities. If you are unable to purchase an Opal single trip ticket from your station, stop or wharf, you must get an Opal card.

Distance Adult Opal single
trip ticket fare
Adult Opal card fare Child/Youth Opal single trip ticket fare Child/Youth
Opal card fare
0 - 10 km $4.20 $3.46
($2.42 off-peak)
$2.10 $1.73
($1.21 off-peak)
10 - 20 km $5.20 $4.30
($3.01 off-peak
$2.60 $2.15
($1.50 off-peak)
20 - 35 km $6.00 $4.94
($3.45 off-peak)
$3.00 $2.47
($1.72 off-peak)
35 - 65 km $8.0 $6.61
($4.62 off-peak)
$4.00 $3.30
($2.31 off-peak)
65+ km $10.20 $8.50
($5.95 off-peak)
$5.10 $4.25
($2.97 off-peak)

Opal single bus tickets can be purchased from the driver, except on PrePay buses. They are only valid for the bus service they were purchased on. These tickets do not need to be tapped on or off. If boarding a PrePay bus, you need a valid Opal card.

Distance Adult Opal single
bus ticket fare
Adult Opal
card fare
Child/Youth Opal
single bus ticket fare
Child/Youth
Opal card fare
0 - 3 km $2.60 $2.15 $1.30 $1.07
3 - 8 km $4.30 $3.58 $2.10 $1.79
8+ km $5.60 $4.61 $2.80 $2.30

Newcastle buses

In Newcastle city centre there is a Fare Free Zone.

Opal single trip tickets are available from top up and single trip ticket machines at selected wharves. Search for your wharf to see ticket and other facilities. If you are unable to purchase an Opal single trip ticket from your wharf, you must get an Opal card.

Distance Adult Opal single
trip ticket fare
Adult Opal
card fare
Child/Youth Opal single trip ticket fare Child/Youth
Opal card fare
0 - 9 km $7.10 $5.88 $3.50 $2.94
9+ km $8.90 $7.35 $4.40 $3.67
Newcastle Stockton Ferry $2.60 $2.15 $1.30 $1.07

Private ferries

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

Opal single trip tickets are available from top up and single trip ticket machines at selected stations. Search for your station to see ticket and other facilities. If you are unable to purchase an Opal single trip ticket from your station, you must get an Opal card.

Distance Adult Opal single
trip ticket fare
Adult Opal
card fare
Child/Youth Opal
single trip ticket fare
Child/Youth
Opal card fare
0 - 3 km $2.60 $2.15 $1.30 $1.07
3 - 8 km $4.30 $3.58 $2.10 $1.79