Changes to Opal Fares

This morning Minister Constance announced Opal fare changes from July 6, including a temporary 50 per cent discount for off-peak travel on bus, train, metro and light rail services to help manage social distancing measures and keep staff and customers safe on public transport.

New peak travel times will be introduced from July 6:

  • 6:30am–10am on Sydney Trains, Sydney Metro, light rail and bus (currently 7am-9am)
  • 6am-10am on Intercity Trains (currently 6am-8am)
  • 3pm-7pm on Sydney Trains, Intercity Trains, Sydney Metro, light rail and bus (currently 4pm-6:30pm)

A new $8.05 all day travel cap will also be introduced on Saturday and Sunday. This is to help spread weekend public transport loads and encourage people to enjoy capped public transport travel on Saturday as well as Sunday.

Fares for bus and light rail peak journeys between 0-3 kilometres will be slightly increased, to encourage people to walk or cycle for short distances or travel off peak. All other fares will either remain the same or be reduced by the off-peak discount.

Existing Opal benefits remain the same, including:

  • The $2 transfer discount,
  • The daily cap of $16.10 ($8 concession),
  • $50 weekly travel caps ($25 concession),
  • Half price trips after eight journeys in a week,
  • $2.50 unlimited travel for Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card holders.

The 50 per cent off-peak discount will remain for 3 months, then a permanent 30 per cent discount for off-peak travel will be introduced on bus and light rail, which is in line with current off-peak fares for train and metro.

FARE TABLE

Fare band Peak travel Off-peak travel
Current Adult fares Adult fares from 6 July Current Adult fares Adult fares from 6 July
Train and Metro        
0-10 km $3.61 $3.61 $2.52 $1.80
10-20 km $4.48 $4.48 $3.13 $2.24
20-35 km $5.15 $5.15 $3.60 $2.57
35-65 km $6.89 $6.89 $4.82 $3.44
65+ km $8.86 $8.86 $6.20 $4.43
Bus        
0-3 km $2.24 $3.20 $2.24 $1.60
3-8 km $3.73 $3.73 $3.73 $1.86
8+ km $4.80 $4.80 $4.80 $2.40
Light rail        
0-3 km $2.24 $3.20 $2.24 $1.60
3-8 km $3.73 $3.73 $3.73 $1.86
8+ km $4.80 $4.80 $4.80 $2.40
Ferries        
0-9 km $6.12 $6.12 $6.12 $6.12
9+ km $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65

Peak times from 6 July will be 6:30am – 10:00am (6:00am-10:00am on Intercity trains) and 3:00pm-7:00pm, Monday to Friday.

The off-peak fares are valid for three months from 6 July 2020. Following that, the off-peak discount will be 30 per cent on train, bus and light rail.