Frequently Asked Questions - Child/Youth Opal card
- 1 What's the difference between the Adult Opal card and the Child/Youth Opal card?
The Child/Youth Opal card has all of the same features and benefits as the Adult Opal card with fares half that of the Adult Opal card. The Child/Youth Opal card is for people aged 4-15 inclusive, as well as NSW and ACT secondary school students 16 years and over with a NSW Senior Secondary Student Concession card.
- 2 What's the difference between a Child/Youth Opal card and the Opal Concession card?
The Child/Youth Opal card is for people aged 4-15 inclusive, as well as NSW and ACT secondary school students 16 years and over with a NSW Senior Secondary Student Concession card issued by their school. The Child/Youth Opal card is available from opal.com.au, 13 67 25 (13 OPAL) and more than 2,100 Opal retailers.
The Concession Opal card is currently available for eligible full-time tertiary students at participating tertiary institutions. In order to apply, each student has to give their consent for their tertiary institution to share their eligibility information with Opal. After waiting two business days the student can apply for the Concession Opal card from opal.com.au or by calling 13 67 25 (13 OPAL).*
The Child/Youth Opal card and the Concession Opal card both give all the benefits of travelling with Opal, with fares half the price of Adult Opal fares.
* Timing may vary depending on the tertiary institution and student circumstances.
- 3 Does the Child/Youth Opal card replace the school student travel scheme (SSTS) free pass?
No, school students will continue to use their school student travel pass to travel between home and school. When travelling outside of school hours or for reasons not related to school, they can now travel with a Child/Youth Opal card.
- 4 Does a Child/Youth Opal card have to be linked to an Adult Opal card?
No, registered Opal cards are linked to an Opal profile, not an Opal card. You can link a Child/Youth card to any Opal profile.
- 5 What happens when a child becomes too old for a Child/Youth Opal card?
When a child is no longer eligible to use the Child/Youth Opal card, you can arrange to transfer any balance remaining on their registered Child/Youth Opal card to their next Opal card. To do this, update your Opal account details online or call 13 67 25 (13 OPAL).
- 6 Can I give my Opal card to someone else to use?
Child/Youth Opal cards are transferable, but they can only be used for travel by one person at a time. So, if you're travelling with another person they will need their own Opal card, or another other valid ticket.
To travel with a Child/Youth Opal card you need to be eligible or fines may apply.
- 7 Does my Opal card need to have a minimum balance in order to use it?
Yes, the Child/Youth Opal minimum balance to tap on for trains is $1.69 peak and $1.18 off-peak; for Sydney Ferries $2.87; and for buses and light rail it's $1.05.
If you are travelling to or from the Sydney Domestic airport or International Airport Stations you'll need an additional $12.40 to cover the station access fee.
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