Children’s Opal card launched

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Transport for NSW has launched the Opal Card for children and young people, with all the familiar benefits of the existing adult Opal Card, at half the price.

The launch of the Child/Youth Opal card marks another major milestone in the Opal rollout and is perfectly timed ahead of the school holidays.

The new green coloured Child/Youth Opal card works in exactly the same way as the adult card, but automatically calculates child fares at 50% of an adult fare. Furthermore, children get their daily travel cap halved, meaning they can travel on any mode of public transport with Opal for no more than $7.50 a day from Monday to Saturday.

Youth Opal Card incentives include:

  • Cheaper than MyTrain, MyFerry or MyBus single tickets
  • Weekly Travel Reward – after eight paid journeys in a week, children can travel for free on any Opal activated service, for the rest of the week
  • Travel anywhere on any mode for no more than $2.50 on Sunday
  • Daily travel cap of $7.50 Monday to Saturday
  • You don’t have to worry if you lose it – simply cancel the card and your balance will be transferred to a new card.

“Children aged 4 to 16 and young people still at school can now carry their own Opal card and access all the benefits – including cheaper fares, daily travel caps and free travel anywhere on the public transport network after eight paid journeys a week”, Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said.

The Child/Youth Opal Card is not a school travel pass. It designed for paid non-school travel, weekends and school holidays. A separate Opal card for travel to and from school will be released later in the rollout.

To be eligible for the Child/Youth card you have to be aged 4-15 (inclusive), or aged 16 and over and still at a NSW or ACT school, with a relevant ID. Eligible customers can create a stand-alone child or young person profile in their name, or parents/guardians can link a Child/Youth card to their own Adult Opal card profile.

To order a Child/ Youth Opal card visit or call 13 67 25 (13 OPAL) – it takes only minutes to register and then the card is sent out to your home.


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