Contactless payments for Sydney metro, trains, light rail and ferries
Tickets and Options
Sydney's transport system now has a variety of prepay options. The easiest way to make the most of Sydney’s growing transport network is to use an Opal Card. Opal Cards are a smart touch-based system that allows travel on Sydney’s greater metropolitan services. The card can be used on trains, buses, ferries and light rail. Cards are free from most convenience stores, selected stations, and ferry wharves. To ensure enough balance to travel hassle-free, load money as you go or set up an auto top up online. Always remember to tap on and off to avoid fines. For more information on how to purchase tickets and plan your trip visit Transport NSW.
Sydney’s bus network extends to most suburbs. Be sure to plan your trip in advance to know if a bus is pre-pay only, having an Opal Card ensures that you can ride on any bus without hassle.
Sydney’s ferries are a great way to see one of the world’s most beautiful harbours. The ferry network runs to destinations scattered along the Harbour’s foreshores, including Luna Park, Taronga Zoo, Manly, Parramatta and Darling Harbour. Circular Quay, the main ferry terminal is located minutes from Science House.
Sydney Trains is the operator of rail services across the metropolitan Sydney area, bounded by Berowra, Emu Plains, Macarthur and Waterfall. Trains can also be utilized for long distance journeys within the state and beyond. The main stations in Sydney city are Central, Town Hall and Wynyard. Central is the closest station to student accommodation and Wynyard is the closest to Science House.
Light Rail (Trams)
Sydney’s light rail system is currently being expanded. The CBD and South East Light Rail is a new network that will feature 19 stops along its 12Km route. Services are due to commence in 2019. The Metro Light Rail connects Central Station with many of Sydney’s inner western suburbs, terminating at Dulwich Hill. Make the most of the light rail when visiting the Sydney Fish Market and some of Sydney’s quaint suburbs.