Millions of free trips will be taken across the Opal network from Thursday as people tap into a fare free period designed to boost business and get the community moving.
“With floods, industrial action, and COVID-19, it has been a challenging time for many, and this initiative will deliver some hip pocket relief, encourage people to enjoy what Greater Sydney has to offer, and also provide a boost to businesses,” Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins said.
“Head out to the Easter Show, catch a game of footy or dinner with family and friends, and help revitalise our city centres and support local communities.”
Station staff will assist commuters if they encounter any problems during the fare free period but people are reminded to be patient and to tap on and off with either an Opal card with a positive balance, or a contactless credit or debit card to help ensure the transport network runs effectively.
“While fares will not be charged to commuters during this period, the Opal system will still operate, as it helps Transport for NSW and other operators plan services and keep people safe by monitoring passenger numbers and capacity across the network,” Mr Collins said.
“To access free fares, simply tap on and tap off with a valid Opal card or contactless credit or debit card (American Express, Mastercard or Visa card).
“If you are travelling with school children remember you should use a valid Child/Youth Opal card as School Opal cards do not work during school holidays.”
The 12 days of fare free travel will run from 4am on 14 April 2022, to 3:59am on 26 April 2022, and commuters are reminded to plan ahead and spread their travel.
“For those catching a flight over the holidays, make sure you leave enough time to get to the airport and if you’re taking the train, you will still be required to pay for the station access fee,” Mr Collins said.
People attending events with integrated ticketing during the 12-day fare free period, including the Easter Show, can show their ticket to staff at the station or when boarding services, or tap on and tap off as normal for free travel.
What commuters need to know to enjoy fare free travel:
- The 12 days of fare free travel will run from 4am on 14 April 2022, to 3:59am on 26 April 2022.
- The fare free period covers all Opal network services in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, the Hunter and the Illawarra, and includes Metro, train, bus, light rail and ferry services.
- The fare free 12 days does not cover NSW TrainLink Regional trains and coaches including XPT and Xplorer services.
- Commuters will need to use an Opal card with a positive balance or contactless credit or debit card (Visa/ Amex/ Mastercard), to tap on and tap off each time to get free travel.
- Students should tap on and tap off with a Child/Youth Opal card with a positive balance. Remember School Opal cards do not work during school holiday periods, but staff will ensure that children and students won’t be left behind.
- When you enter or exit the train station at Sydney Domestic Airport or Sydney International Airport, commuters will need to pay the station access fee portion of the fare. The Adult station access fee for Opal card or contactless travel is $15.13 for adults, and $13.54 for Child/Youth, Concession and Senior/Pensioner fares.
- Commuters will continue to enjoy free parking at Transport Park&Ride car parks for up to 18 hours. To access free Park&Ride car parking, commuters need to tap on and tap off as normal using an accepted Opal card or contactless credit or debit card.
- For commuters tapping on with a contactless payment card or device, a pre-authorisation $1 charge will appear as a pending transaction on your statement and will be reversed at the end of the day.
- Free fares will apply automatically. If commuters need to query a charge for Opal network travel, they should send an enquiry via transportnsw.info/feedback.
Stay safe and plan your trip
Green physical distancing dots continue to guide customers on the best places to sit and stand on all modes and masks must be worn at all times.
Public transport customers should visit transportnsw.info for the latest information and frequently asked questions of the fare free period.
Road users can download the Live Traffic NSW App, visit livetraffic.com or call 132 701 for the latest traffic updates.