Calculating Opal fares
Opal fares are based on the distance travelled by the customer, from where they tap on to where they tap off.
Opal has five train fare bands, two ferry fare bands, three bus fare bands and two light rail fare bands.
The fare deducted from an Opal card is determined by how far the customer has travelled, which is then matched to a fare band. For trains, the Opal fare matches the distance of track travelled between two Opal activated stations.* For buses and ferries it is the straight line distance between the tap on and tap off.
For the first time, Sydney’s buses are using automatic vehicle location technology to calculate the straight line distance travelled by an Opal activated bus.
Please also take the time to read about the Opal Weekly Travel Reward and the definitions of trips, journeys and transfers.
- In some cases, where there are multiple ways to travel between two stations, the shortest track distance may not always be used to calculate the fare. For Opal fares between stations please check the fare calculator, trip planner or an Opal single trip ticket machine when obtaining a ticket.
- For train trips in or out of the Sydney CBD that pass through the CBD perimeter stations (Wynyard, Kings Cross or Central), a standard distance of 3.21km is charged and added to your total trip distance.
- Your Opal fare, including off-peak, is calculated from the time you tap on.