The final transition to a modern integrated electronic ticketing system on Sydney public transport and its surrounds will occur on Monday 1 August 2016 when remaining paper tickets will no longer be sold or accepted.
Customers have embraced Opal with 2 million people taking 13 million journeys a week. Opal is being used for 95 per cent of all public transport trips.
Since the roll-out of Opal began in December 2012 customers have taken 800 million trips on more than 7.5 million cards. Customers who don’t have an Opal card can purchase an Opal single trip ticket through top up machines for travel on trains, light rail and ferries. From 1 August an Opal single bus ticket will become available on-board buses. No tickets will be available for purchase on light rail or ferries.
There are now more than 350 Opal top up machines placed at locations that provide coverage for 99 per cent of all train trips. 255 of these machines sell the last resort Opal single trip ticket including machines at Loftus, Sutherland, Engadine, Heathcote, Helensburgh and Waterfall Stations.
Following the recommendation from the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) , single trip tickets will be set to a standard premium fare across modes when compared to normal Opal card fares from September 5.
Adult and Child/Youth Opal cards are available from over 2,100 Opal retailers. You can find your nearest retailer at retailers.opal.com.au
For more information, customers can visit opal.com.au or phone 13 OPAL (6725).