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Seniors

Seniors Card

If you have a Seniors Card issued by any Australian state or territory, you are entitled to concession fares on public transport in NSW. Some Seniors Cards are not accepted.

To be eligible for a NSW Seniors Card, you must be a NSW permanent resident aged 60 or over, doing no more than an average of 20 hours of paid work a week, across a 12 month period.

To apply for a NSW Seniors Card and any replacement, visit the NSW Seniors Card website or call 13 77 88 and your application will be processed over the phone.

NSW Seniors Cards are issued by the Department of Family and Community Services. Seniors Cards are issued free of charge and have no expiry.

If you do not reside in NSW, contact the applicable state government department in your home state or territory to apply for your Seniors Card.

If you already hold an interstate Seniors Card, you can apply for a Gold Opal card by completing the Interstate Seniors application form.

Important information before applying for a Gold Opal card:

  • Make sure you have your Seniors Card number ready
  • Prepare a photocopy or scan of your Seniors Card (front and back)
  • Application forms and supporting documents are to be uploaded and submitted online via the Concessions application form
  • Please submit at least three to four weeks before travelling to NSW

Concession fares are not available to holders of other types of seniors cards, such as:

  • New Zealand SuperGold Card.
  • National Seniors Card.
  • Queensland Seniors Business Discount Card.
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card.

Ticket options

You must carry your Seniors Card when travelling on a concession fare as proof of entitlement or you may be fined.

Concessions are generally not available on private ferries, event shuttle buses, chartered buses and Great Southern Rail services.

When travelling within the Opal network, eligible seniors are entitled to use a Gold Senior/ Pensioner Opal card. You'll need your proof of entitlement card to apply and must carry it with you at all times.

If you do not have your proof of entitlement card, you are required to pay for and travel with an Adult fare, or you may be fined for travelling on an invalid ticket.

How to get your Gold Opal card

NSW/ACT Seniors: NSW and ACT Seniors Card holders can apply on the Opal website.

Interstate Seniors: Interstate Seniors Card holders (except from the ACT) can apply for new or replacement Gold Opal cards by completing the Interstate Seniors application form (pdf 283KB).

Important information for Interstate Seniors before applying:

  • Make sure you have your Seniors Card number ready
  • Prepare a photocopy or scan of your Seniors Card (front and back)
  • Application forms and supporting documents are to be uploaded and submitted online via the Concessions application form
  • Please submit at least three to four weeks before travelling to NSW

Sydney Airport train station access fee

Eligible seniors pay the Concession Sydney Airport station access fee when travelling with a Gold Opal card to or from the airport train stations.

NSW TrainLink

Eligible seniors are entitled to $2.50 all day travel with the Country Pensioner Excursion ticket when booking on NSW TrainLink Regional services within NSW.

When travelling interstate on NSW TrainLink Regional services (entitlements vary from state to state).

Eligible seniors are entitled to $2.50 all day travel on regional buses with the Regional Excursion Daily ticket.

Some privately owned and operated services may offer other concessions at their own discretion. Check with local transport operators before you travel.