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Sydney Airport Station access fee

You can now use your Opal card to travel to and from Sydney Domestic and Sydney International Airport train stations.

When tapping on or off at Sydney Domestic or International Airport stations, a station access fee of $13.80 for Adult and $12.40 for Gold Senior/Pensioner, Concession and Child/Youth Opal card holders is deducted from your Opal card balance in addition to the relevant Opal train fare. 

The Opal 60 minute transfer doesn't apply at Sydney Airport stations. If you tap off at the airport and tap on again within one hour, you'll be charged for two journeys, including two station access fees. This gives you two paid journeys towards your Weekly Travel Reward

The Sydney Airport station access fee does not count towards your Daily Travel Cap.

The deduction of the station access fee may mean that your Opal card balance goes negative. If this happens you will need to top up your card to travel again.

Station access fee Weekly Travel Cap

The station access fee is capped at $27 per week for Adult and $24.50 for Gold Senior/Pensioner, Concession and Child/Youth Opal card holders. If you travel to the airport stations every day, or every now and then, you could save money with Opal.

Station access fee - frequently asked questions

Will I be able to use my Opal card to travel to the airport?

Yes, both Sydney Domestic and International Airport train stations are now Opal enabled.

How does the airport gate pass work with Opal? Can I use my Opal card to pay for my gate pass?

When tapping on or off at Sydney Domestic or International Airport stations, a station access fee of $13.80 for Adult and $12.40 for Gold Senior/Pensioner, Concession and Child/Youth Opal card holders is deducted from your Opal card balance in addition to the relevant Opal train fare. 

What will show up on my Opal activity statement if I travel to the airport?

Your Opal card statement will show one charge that includes the train fare and $13.80 for Adult or $12.40 for Gold Senior/Pensioner, Concession and Child/Youth Opal card holders.

Why does Opal charge me a station access fee at the airport?

Opal does not charge the station access fee. A station access fee applies at Sydney’s International Airport and Domestic Airport train stations.

Customers travelling to and from Sydney Domestic and International Airport stations using an Opal card will have the station access fee of $13.80 for Adult or $12.40 for Gold Senior/Pensioner, Concession and Child/Youth Opal card holders deducted from their Opal card balance in addition to the relevant Opal train fare. 

Does the amount I pay for the Sydney Airport station access fee contribute towards my Daily Travel Cap amount when travelling to the airport?

No, the Sydney Airport station access fee does not count toward your Daily Travel Cap.

If I have eight paid and completed journeys and I travel to the airport will my trip be covered by the Weekly Travel Reward?

After a customer has completed eight paid journeys in a week using their Opal card, all additional travel is half-price, excluding the Sydney Airport station access fee.

I travel in the off-peak; what Sydney Airport station access fee will I be charged under Opal? Does the 30% discount apply?

The 30% discount for off-peak train fares applies to your train fare only. 

Is the Sydney Airport station access fee access fee included in the $2.60 Sunday Travel Cap?

The Opal card $2.60 Sunday Travel Cap applies to the train fare only. The Sydney Airport Station Access Fee remains at $13.80 for Adult and $12.40 for Gold Senior/Pensioner, Concession and Child/Youth Opal card holders.

How does the 60 minute transfer benefit work at the airport?

There is no 60 minute transfer benefit at the airport stations when using an Opal card.

Can I reverse my tap on at Sydney Domestic and International Airport stations?

Yes, when you are at the Sydney Airport stations, you can reverse your tap on by presenting your card a second time to the Opal card reader at the same station gate within 30 minutes of your tap on.  This will return the station access fee to your card, as well as cancelling your Opal trip. Please note: if you tap off at either airport station (i.e. complete an Opal trip) and then tap on as you enter the station again (i.e. commence a new trip), you will be charged two station access fees as the Opal 60-minute transfer does not apply at either airport station.

What do I do if I’m unable to tap on or off because the card reader isn’t working?

If a card reader isn’t working you should try another one. If you don’t tap on or off, you will incur a default fare that may be higher than the normal fare you would pay for your journey. In these cases, just call 13 67 25 (13 OPAL).

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