Tap your credit card on ferries and light rail

Published: 12 Mar 2018

Customers catching ferries and light rail across Sydney can choose to pay with a credit card at Opal gates, rather than using an Opal card.

The contactless payment system is expanding to the light rail and all ferry services, following a successful trial on the Manly ferry.

Customers paying with a credit card will be charged the same as an Adult Opal single trip ticket, which is based on the distance travelled.

Transport for NSW is working to include EFTPOS as a payment option.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said credit card payment brings an extra level of convenience for those who don’t travel regularly or who have forgotten to top up their Opal card.

“Opal remains the most economical way for regular travellers to get around on the public transport network, offering transfer discounts and lower fares than a single-trip journey, ” Mr Constance said.

“With this new technology, customers also have the option to tap on and off using mobile wallets on smartphones, tablets and wearable devices that are linked to their American Express, Mastercard or Visa card,” Mr Constance said.

Australia is a world leader in the uptake of contactless payments in the retail sector but NSW remains the only state to trial this technology on its transport network.

Compare the single trip fare with the Adult Opal card fare

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