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Opal Card

The smarter way to get to school

The School Opal card

The School Opal card gives eligible school students free or subsidised travel on public transport between home and school on trains, buses, ferries and light rail in the Opal network.

Apply for a School Opal card (new applications only)

Already have a School Opal card? Keep it for next year

Don’t throw out this year’s School Opal card because eligible cards will be automatically updated for the new school year. 

Don’t forget a Child/Youth Opal card 

It’s important to remember that the School Opal card is only for travel to and from school on school days and doesn’t cover travel to After School Care, school excursions, sport and other activities away from school, so it’s a good idea to get a Child/Youth Opal card for personal travel.

Child/Youth Opal card benefits

* Excludes Sydney Airport station access fee

Applying for a School Opal card

To apply for a School Opal card, you will need to live a minimum distance from your school to be eligible:

Years K-2 (Infants)

No minimum distance.

Years 3-6 (Primary)

1.6km straight line distance or 2.3km walking or further.

Years 7-12 (Secondary)

2km straight line distance or 2.9km walking or further.

Who needs to apply?

You will only need to make a new application if:

If you do need to apply, the application must be made by a parent or legal guardian if you are under 16 years of age. If you are 16 years or older you need to complete and sign the application form yourself. Applications are subject to eligibility criteria.

You will need to update your application if you have a current School Opal card and:

Transport operators will allow a grace period at the start of the new school year to give time for you to receive your School Opal card.

How to apply

Step 1

There are two different application forms – one to apply for a new School Opal card and one to update your details, for example changing schools (other than moving from Years 2 to 3 or Years 6 to 7), your address or your name.

Choose the one below that applies to you:

Step 2

The school endorses your application. You will be advised if you need to do anything further when you have completed your online application.

Step 3

Transport for NSW then processes the application. Once approved, the School Opal card will be sent to the home address you provided in the application.

Remember: Parents must apply for students aged 15 and under. Students must apply if aged 16 and over.