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Adult and Child/Youth Opal cards

It's easy to get an Adult or Child/Youth Opal card:

Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card

There are two simple ways to apply:

Make sure you have your NSW Seniors, Pensioner Concession or NSW War Widow/er card handy to confirm your eligibility. 

Concession Opal card

 Eligible tertiary students

We've been rolling out the Concession Opal card to eligible students at participating tertiary institutions in NSW from February 2015.

You can see the full list of participating universities and tertiary institutions here

You'll need to give your consent for your institution to share your details with Transport for NSW. Find out more here

There are two simple ways to apply:

 ^May vary depending on the tertiary institution and circumstances. If you’re not sure, please contact your institution.

Eligible job seekers

Make sure you have a valid Centrelink Reference Number (CRN) handy to confirm your eligibility.

There are two simple ways to apply:

Topping up your Opal card

When you first get your Opal card it does not have value against it, so you’ll need to add value to it to travel. This also means you will need to top it up again when the balance gets low.

Online*+

Auto top up: The easiest way to make sure you always have value on your card is to set up auto top up by linking your Opal card to a credit/debit card. When your Opal card balance falls below a pre-set amount it will top up automatically, similar to an e-tag, so you will always have enough value on it to travel.

One off top up: If you only need to make a few journeys a one off top up may suit you.

Online top up values:

* Please note that an online top up may take up to 60 minutes to take effect.

+ Once value is added you must present your card to an Opal reader within 60 days or your top up value will be reversed only if you made a payment via your credit or debit card.

Opal card retailer

Retail top up with cash, or a debit/credit card*:

Some retailers require their customers to pay minimum transaction values or a service fee to cover credit/debit card merchant fees.

Find an Opal card retailer

Call 13 67 25 (13 OPAL)*+

Top up value via phone:

* Please note that a top up by phone may take up to 60 minutes to take effect.

+ Once value is added you must present your card to an Opal reader within 60 days or your top up value will be reversed only if you made a payment via your credit or debit

Opal card top up machine

Top up your Opal card on the go using one of our new Opal top up machines.  Top up machines accept credit or debit cards and can be found at selected train stations and wharves across the Opal network.

Top up machine values:

View all top up machines

More machines will be rolling out throughout the year.

Central Station Transport Customer Service Centre

Retail top up with cash, or a debit/credit card: