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Opal is Sydney's public transport smart card. Last updated September 2016.
Note - all paper tickets will stop being sold from 1 August 2016 so you must use a Opal card to travel on all public transport - either the full Opal card or single use Opal tickets (which are 20% more expensive than the normal Opal fare).
Opal cards are available at many newsagents, convenience stores, supermarkets, and similar retailers (there are now 2,000+ sellers of Opal cards).
List of retailers
They are also available at the International and Domestic Airport stations
and at certain Transport Shops (and at major train stations). Opal Top up machines are now at many major rail stations, bus and ferry terminals.
The minimum cost is $10 for adult cards, $5 for child cards (seniors and concession Opal cards must be ordered online). There is no fee for the card itself; all of the minimum $ top-up is available for travel on public transport. Subsequent top-ups can be made in $10 increments for adults and less for children/seniors.
Opal cards can also be ordered online at www.opal.com.au , but this is primarily targeted at Sydney residents as they will take a week to come and have a $40 minimum balance loaded on to the card. If when you are tagging off you don't get a 'tone', phone 13OPAL and they'll adjust your trip 24/7.
With the paper tickets no longer sold, visitors must now use a Opal card (or the expensive single use Opal ticket). The only proviso is that tourists should manage the $ load onto the Opal card as refunds are difficult (you need local bank account to get a refund).
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