Half price off-peak travel
19 June, 2020

Opal fares will change 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.

Customers are encouraged to take advantage of the off-peak incentive to help stagger essential travel on the public transport network as COVID-19 restrictions ease and patronage steadily increases.

The usual CPI increase has been waived and recommendations by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to increase Opal fares by 20 per cent over four years have not been taken up.

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)

Travel outside these times will be eligible for the 50 per cent fare discount. This is the first time bus and light rail commuters will benefit from off-peak fares.

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.

A new $8.05 all day travel cap will 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 increased, to encourage people to walk or cycle for short distances or travel off peak. All other fares will either remain at current levels or reduce 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.

Journey examples:

Adult one way fares

Peak

Off-peak

 

 

 

Current price 

New price

Current price

New price

Penrith to Town Hall

Train

$6.89

$6.89

$4.82

$3.44

Kellyville to Chatswood

Metro

$5.15

$5.15

$3.60

$2.57

Redfern to Martin Place

Train

$3.61

$3.61

$2.52

$1.80

Blacktown to Baulkham Hills

Bus

$4.80

$4.80

$4.80

$2.40

Broadway to Central

Bus

$2.24

$3.20

$2.24

$1.60

Central to Star City Casino

Light Rail

$2.24

$3.20

$2.24

$1.60

Rose Bay to Circular Quay

Ferry

$6.12

$6.12

$6.12

$6.12

 

 

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

           

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