If you have a Seniors Card issued by any Australian state or territory, you are entitled to concession fares on public transport in NSW.
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.
Some Seniors Cards are not accepted.
In the Opal network, if you are an eligible senior you are entitled to concession travel with a Gold Senior/ Pensioner Opal card.
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 and ACT Seniors Card holders can apply on the Opal website or call 13 67 25 (13 OPAL).
- Interstate Seniors Card holders (except from the ACT) can apply for a Gold Opal card by printing the Interstate Seniors application form (pdf 134KB) and following the instructions provided. You will need to apply 2-3 weeks before travelling to NSW.
- For a replacement Gold Opal card, call 13 67 25 (13 OPAL). A replacement fee may apply.
Using an Opal card provides you with a range of travel benefits.
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.
On regional services, eligible seniors are entitled to concession fares on:
- privately-operated regular route local bus services
- all NSW TrainLink Regional services.
- $2.50 all day travel with the Regional Excursion Daily ticket on local buses
- $2.50 all day travel with the Country Pensioner Excursion ticket for booked NSW TrainLink Regional services
- Concession fares when you travel interstate on NSW TrainLink Regional services (entitlements vary from state to state).
Some privately owned and operated services may offer concessions at their own discretion. Check with local transport operators before you travel.
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.
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.