Most paper tickets for public transport will be phased out on 1 January 2016 so now is a good time to make the switch.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said that the information kiosks would make it easier for everyone to pick up an Opal card.
“Opal staff will be on hand to explain how the card works and help eligible customers apply for a Gold Opal card and walk away with the Gold card if their eligibility is confirmed.”
Customers can get the following cards from Opal kiosks:
- Adult Opal card – minimum $20 via credit or debit card.
- Child/Youth Opal card – minimum $10 via credit or debit card.
- Gold Opal card – a minimum $2.50 via credit or debit card; or customers can choose to place no value on the card until later.
Cash is not accepted at the kiosks, and existing customers can’t top up cards.
To apply for a Gold Opal card, seniors and pensioners do not need a credit card at the kiosk, just an eligibility card - NSW Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession card, or DVA NSW War Widow/ers card.
The Gold Opal card has many benefits including never paying more than $2.50 a day to travel across trains, buses, light rail and ferries.
Find out where and when the Opal kiosks will be operating at transport hubs and major shopping centres.