FAQs for vision impaired
- 1 Who is eligible for a free travel Opal card?
If you are a New South Wales resident who is blind or severely vision impaired you can apply for a free travel Opal card.For further information on eligibility and how to apply click here
- 2 How is a free travel Opal card different from an Adult Opal card?
There are several differences:
- Travel is free, so there’s no need to load value onto the free travel Opal card.
- It’s not mandatory to tap on and tap off when using the free travel Opal card.
- The free travel Opal card is silver rather than black. • Other than Opal and NSW Government logos, the free travel Opal card is blank on the front.
- The free travel Opal card is issued with the eligible customer’s name printed on the reverse.
- The Opal card for customers who are vision impaired has a tactile “O” sticker on the front and back of the card.
- Attendants for this customer group will also be issued free travel Opal card.
- Depending on their entitlement, a station access fee may apply for free travel Opal card holders and their attendant (if applicable).
- 3 How do I apply for a free travel Opal card?
To apply for a free travel Opal card call 131 500 or download the application form online
- 4 Do I have to tap on and tap off when travelling with the free travel Opal card?
Tapping on and tapping off with a free travel Opal card is optional, but tapping on and tapping off allows you to open gates at stations and wharves without needing assistance. To tap on or tap off simply hold the card against an Opal card reader. Hold the card still until you hear a single ‘ding’. This sound confirms you have tapped on or off. Opal card readers are available at stations, on buses, ferry wharves and at light rail stops. If you have any questions about tapping on or tapping off you can ask Transport staff or contact Opal Customer Care on 13 67 25.
- 5 Can free travel Opal card holders and their attendants travel together using the same Opal card?
No, each customer travelling must have a separate, valid Opal card to travel. Customers eligible to travel with an attendant will be supplied a separate free travel Opal card for their attendant to use.
- 6 Is there a difference between the Opal card that gives free travel and the attendant’s free travel Opal card?
Yes. The free travel Opal card has the eligible customer’s name printed on the reverse. The attendant card has ‘Attendant of’ and the eligible customer’s name printed on the reverse.
- 7 What should I do if my free travel Opal card is damaged, lost or stolen?
If your Opal card is damaged, lost or stolen, report it by calling 131 500. Your current card will be blocked and a replacement Opal card will be sent out to you, usually within five to seven working days (a fee may apply). While waiting for your replacement Opal card to arrive, you can continue to travel by using your concession entitlement card as a flash pass.
- 8 How will my personal information be managed?
- 9 Will revenue protection officers or police be able to check my Opal card?
Yes, Revenue Protection Officers and NSW Police Officers can check your journey information at any time using a portable Opal card reader. It isn’t mandatory to tap on and tap off, but you need to be able to show your concession entitlement card.
- 10 How do I check my trip history?
First call 131 500 to obtain your entitlement ID number, then call 13 67 25 (13 OPAL) and an Opal Customer Care representative can tell you the last ten trips you've made. Your entitlement ID number is needed to help confirm your identity with Opal Customer Care.
- 11 Does free travel Opal card give customers free travel to Sydney Airport stations?
Depending on your entitlements the station access fee may be charged, (for you and your attendant, if applicable). Customers should visit transportnsw.info for more information about eligibility and entitlements.
- 12 Can I use the free travel Opal card on Manly Fast Ferry or Sydney Fast Ferry services?
No, the free travel Opal card can’t be used on privately-owned ferry services. The free travel Opal card can be used on all Sydney Ferries services and the Stockton ferry in Newcastle.
- 13 Where can I travel with a free travel Opal card valid?
The free travel Opal card can be used on all public transport services in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, the Hunter, Illawarra and Southern Highlands.
- 14 Does the free travel Opal card open the gates at Sydney Airport stations?
No, the gates at Sydney's Domestic and International Airport Stations are the only gates that will not open when a free travel Opal card is tapped against the reader. To open gates see station staff for assistance.
- 15 I'm a current holder of a Vision Impaired Person's Pass, how do I apply for a free travel Opal card?
If you are a current holder of one of the listed passes, call 131 500 to apply for your free travel Opal card.