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Opal Card

Opal for pensioners and NSW and ACT seniors

Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card

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.

First, choose the option that matches your situation below:

I have a NSW or ACT Seniors Card

I have a Pensioner Concession Card

I have a NSW War Widower Card

I have a Seniors Card (excluding NSW or ACT)

I'm a registered asylum seeker

Transport for NSW regularly confirms your eligibility status for a Gold Opal card. When choosing an option to apply for a Gold Opal card, consider the possibility of changes to your situation which may affect eligibility in the future. 

* Excluding Sydney Airport Station access fee

Who can apply?

The Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card is available to Pensioner Concession Card holders, NSW Seniors, ACT Seniors and NSW War Widow/ers*.

If you have one of these cards below you're eligible for the Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card:


NSW seniors card ACT seniors card
NSW Seniors Card ACT Seniors Card (the card number must have 9 digits to be valid, otherwise it will need to be replaced with a new ACT Seniors MyWay Card)
Human services pensioner War widow concession Veteran pensioner
Pensioner Concession Card
Department of Human Services
NSW War Widow/er
Transport Concession Card
Pensioner Concession Card
Department of Veterans' Affairs

*Eligible entitlement card holders must use their physical card as proof of entitlement. Centrelink’s Digital Wallet is accepted as proof of entitlement for Pensioner Concession Card holders.

If you are an interstate senior (except ACT) you’ll need to apply with a different application form. Find out how to apply.

If you are an asylum seeker you’ll need to apply with a different application form. Find out how to apply

How to apply

If you’re a pensioner, NSW Senior, ACT Senior or a NSW War Widow/er Card holder order your Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card:

Note: ACT Seniors Card numbers must have 9 digits to be valid. If your card has fewer than 9 digits, you will need to apply for a new ACT Seniors MyWay Card at the Council on the Ageing office, an ACT Government Library, or an Access Canberra Shopfront. Please allow up to 7 working days for your new Seniors Myway card to be registered in the system before applying for your Gold Opal card. 

 You can’t get your new Gold Opal card at a retailer although you can apply for one at a Service NSW Centre and we will mail it to your nominated address.

You don’t need a credit card to apply and there is no fee for a Gold Opal card.

Make sure you have your NSW Seniors, ACT Seniors, Pensioner Concession or NSW War Widow/er Card handy to confirm your eligibility. Remember that your Gold Opal card is not transferable and fines may apply for misuse.

Once your eligibility is confirmed your new Gold Opal card will be mailed to you within 7-10 working days.

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.

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