Bus customers will be able to tap their credit cards on Opal readers as a simple new way to pay under the NSW Government’s latest Australian-first innovation in transport payments.
From August contactless transport payments will begin to be rolled out on Opal-enabled buses across the network.
Launching this technology on buses marks the final piece in the contactless payments puzzle with all buses on the Opal network to be able to accept credit and debit cards by the end of September.
There will also be more savings for existing customers who choose to tap on with their credit or debit card, with full fare parity with Adult Opal cards.
This means a credit card will now qualify for the same fare and travel benefits of an Adult Opal card on trains, light rail, ferries and buses once fully-implemented.
The weekly travel reward, the transfer discount and off-peak pricing, will be available for all contactless transport payments. This is a huge win for regular commuters who now have another convenient payment option with all the benefits of Opal
Customers wanting to pay for their trip using contactless will continue to 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.
Opal remains the foundation for customers to access the transport network in a digital world and contactless transport payments are just another piece of our expansive Opal network
For the NSW Government, the drive towards technology and digital products is part of turning Sydney into a smart city.
In 2017, we became the first state to accept contactless transport payments and today only a handful of transport networks around the world offer similar options in this space.
To date, 6.5 million contactless transport payments have been recorded across the Opal network – which is an average of one million a month, or roughly 250,000 per week.