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To travel on public transport in Sydney and surrounding regions, you will need an Opal card or an Opal single trip ticket.
If you don’t have a valid ticket (and concession card if required), fines may apply.
Opal is a smartcard that you keep and reuse. You load value onto your card to pay as you go on trains, buses, ferries and light rail in the Opal network.
You can do this at retailers, online or at one of the Opal top up machines at selected train stations. Top up machines accept credit and debit cards.
Simply tap on at the beginning of your trip and tap off at the end to be charged the correct fare. Your Opal card calculates your train fare based on five distance-based zones, including any transfers or breaks in your journey.
Opal gives you lots of benefits including daily and weekly caps, discounted off-peak train fares plus earning free travel.
Opal single trip tickets
Opal single trip tickets are single-use tickets for train trips within the Opal network.
You can purchase these through Opal single trip ticket machines at most train stations. Some machines accept Eftpos, Visa, Mastercard and some also cash.
Opal single trip ticket fares for trains are based on five distance-based zones and are available in Adult and Child/Youth. Concession fares are only available when travelling with an Opal card.
Please remember to tap on and tap off when travelling with an Opal single trip ticket or you may be fined.