The following fare information is relevant to customers travelling during the Opal card rollout.
Only Adult Opal cards are being issued at this stage therefore all information covers only adult fares.
What are the Opal card fares?
Opal fares are cheaper than MyBus single fares, and cheaper than TravelTens twice a day Monday to Friday.
Opal fares are cheaper than MyFerry, single, return or Travel Ten* tickets, MyTrain single, return, weekly* and fortnightly* tickets and MyBus single and Travel Ten* tickets.
* If you travel twice daily Monday to Friday and you reach your Opal Weekly Travel Reward.
Features of the fare structure
As Opal is a ‘pay-as-you-go’ system you only pay when you catch a train or bus or ferry.
Being a ‘pay-as-you-go’ system, there are only single fares on Opal, with rewards for frequent travel and caps on daily fares.
Opal fares will be distance-based and have fare bands (the same as current MyZone fare bands) for ferry, trains and bus, to make it easier for customers to transition to the new electronic ticketing system.
|View the Adult Opal card bus fares and price comparisons|
|View the Adult Opal card train fares and price comparisons|
|View the Adult Opal card ferry fares and price comparisons|
Opal rewards frequent travel
By understanding Opal’s fare structure and what it means for your journey, you can work out ways to save even more.
For example, you may work in the City and travel there and back by train each day. If you decided to take a couple of extra journeys within the City on any of the first three days of the week, you could reach you Weekly Travel Reward earlier and after that, travel the rest of the week for free.
Find out more about:
- Weekly Travel Reward
- Sunday $2.50 Travel cap
- Daily travel Cap
- Travel all week on for no more than $52
- Off-peak train discount
Multiple trips, one journey
With Opal your fare is calculated for a journey. Your journey can be a single trip or a series of trips made within the specified transfer time. A trip is travel on one route and one mode. When you transfer to another route or service within 60 minutes, you are commencing another trip on the same journey.
For example, if you catch a train from Bondi Junction to Town Hall and transfer to a train to Circular Quay, that is two trips, one journey and one fare. This will count as one journey toward your Weekly Travel Reward.
Opal trip advantage
Opal card customers have an advantage when making several trips on the same mode of transport.
If you are transferring while travelling on the same mode of transport that is only buses, only ferries or only trains the advantage is that you have a transfer period of 60 minutes that can determine the fare.
Transferring between different modes of transport
If you transfer between a bus, train, or ferry service, your Opal fare will be calculated separately for your train trip and your ferry trip. If your transfer is completed within 60 minutes, this is considered to be one journey for the purposes of the Weekly Travel Reward.
|For example bus journeys, view the Adult Opal card bus fares and price comparisons|
|For example train journeys, view the Adult Opal card train fares and price comparisons|
|For example ferry journeys, view the Adult Opal card ferry fares and price comparisons|