Save with the Gold Opal card
Tap into all the benefits of Opal with fares capped at $2.50* a day.
Get on board with the Gold Opal card for interstate seniors
Tap into public transport services across Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra and Southern Highlands capped at $2.50* a day, no matter how much you travel.
With Opal you can travel on the following services:
- All Sydney Trains
- All NSW TrainLink Intercity services
- All buses in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter and Illawarra
- All Sydney Ferries and the Stockton Ferry in Newcastle
- Light rail
Who can apply?
If you’re an eligible senior living outside NSW or the ACT, but still within Australia, you can now apply for the Gold Opal card if you have a valid Seniors card issued by an Australian State or Territory Government.
The Gold Opal card is not available to holders of other types of senior cards such as:
- National Seniors Card
- Queensland Seniors Business Discount Card
- Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
- New Zealand SuperGold Card
Gold Opal fares for interstate seniors are half the price of Adult Opal fares*. Plus with Opal you can also save 30% on off-peak train fares.
Daily, Weekly and Sunday Travel Caps
Gold Opal card fares are capped at $2.50 a day*. And if you only take a short bus or train trip and don’t reach the $2.50 cap, then you’ll pay less.
Opal Transfer Discount
If you switch modes of transport during a journey, you can get an Opal Transfer Discount of $1 for each new mode of travel you transfer to. To benefit from the Opal Transfer Discount, you will need to transfer to your new mode of transport within 60 minutes of tapping off from your previous mode.
Weekly Travel Reward
Friends, shopping, appointments...trips on public transport can add up fast. That's where Opal shines: once you complete eight paid journeys in a week you can travel for the rest of the week for half-price*. It's called the Weekly Travel Reward‡.
Opal trip advantage
If you make several trips using the same mode of transport, as long as your transfer occurs within 60 minutes of tapping off from your last section of the trip†, it counts as a single journey and a single fare.
Just set and forget
You may want to choose auto top up so you’re always ready to travel. Whenever your Gold Opal card value falls below $5.00 it automatically tops up to the amount of your choice using a linked debit or credit card§. You can change the top up amount or cancel auto top up at any time.
Get the Opal Travel app
You can plan your trips, search your transaction history, top up your Gold Opal card and even calculate your fares, all from your smart phone.
*Excluding the Sydney Airport station access fee.
‡The journey count for the Weekly Travel Reward resets every Monday at 4:00am. Journeys made after reaching the Daily Travel Cap do not count as paid journeys, so don't add towards the Weekly Travel Reward.
^ Excluding transfers between Sydney Ferries and light rail.
†60 minutes applies to all services except the Sydney Ferries F1 Manly service where the standard transfer time is extended to 2 hours and 10 minutes from tap on.
§Visa card or MasterCard.
How to apply
If you’re an interstate senior from a state or territory other than the ACT, you can order your Gold Opal card in three easy steps:
- Print this form (not for ACT Seniors)
- Complete the form
- Send the completed form with a copy (front and back) of your valid Seniors Card:
by mail to:
Transport Concession Office:
Locked Bag 5085,
Parramatta NSW 2124
by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You don't need a credit card to apply and there is no fee for a Gold Opal card, however, you do need to add value to your Gold Opal card to travel.
You should only submit your application two weeks before you need to travel, as your application will be processed immediately and your card will only be valid for 60 days from the date of issue. If you need to travel in NSW for longer than 60 days, you will need to submit a new application when your card expires and a new card will be mailed to you.
Please ensure the mailing address you provide on your application is the one you will be staying at to receive the card.
Hearing and speech impaired customers
Call Opal Customer Care via the National Relay Services (NRS) on 1300 555 727
TTY users please call 133 677
Non-English speaking customers
For support in your language call the Translating and Interpreting Services (TIS) on 131 450
Once your eligibility is confirmed your new Gold Opal card will be mailed to you within five to seven working days.
How to use Opal
How to top up
If you don't add value to your Gold Opal card when you first order it, you need to add some value before you travel.
You can top up your Gold Opal card:
- Online (one off top up or auto top up)
- Over the phone
- Via the Opal Travel app
- At selected Transport Customer Service Centres and Shops
- At an Opal retailer
- At a top up machine
Online and phone top ups may take up to 60 minutes to take effect and you must tap on at an Opal card reader within 60 days to collect the top up value on your card, otherwise your top up value will be reversed to your credit/debit card account. Some retailers require their customers to pay minimum transaction values or a service fee to cover credit/debit card merchant fees.
How to tap on and tap off
To tap on, hold your Gold Opal card against the Opal symbol on an Opal card reader. Keep your card still until you hear the ‘ding’ and you see a tick appear on the Opal reader display.
To tap off, do the same thing at your destination. When you tap off, your fare is automatically calculated and deducted from the value on your card. There’s no need to tap off when travelling on the F1 Manly service.
Opal card readers are available at train stations, on buses, ferry wharves and at light rail stops.
Registering your Gold Opal card
The Gold Opal card for interstate seniors arrives unregistered. But there are lots of reasons to register your Gold Opal card, including:
- We can remind you when your card is about to expire
- Your card’s balance will be protected if it’s lost or stolen
- You’ll be able to recover any unused balance within 90 days from when your card expires
- You’ll be able to check your travel history for up to 18 months
To register your Opal card phone 13 67 25 (13 OPAL) or visit online
The Gold Opal card for interstate seniors is valid for 60 days from the date of issue – if you’re in NSW for more than 60 days you should submit a new application when your Gold Opal card expires.
You can get a refund on your Gold Opal card balance if you apply within 90 days of your Gold Opal card expiry. Download the Opal Refund Form or call 13 67 25 (OPAL).
If you move permanently to NSW from another state you can apply for a NSW Seniors Card and get a Gold Opal card with no set expiry period.