New Opal Fare Calculator: How much extra will you pay?

New Opal fare rules kick in from 5 September 2016. Work out if you'll pay more or less with our up-to-the-minute Opal fare calculator.

Under new rules introduced by the NSW Government, you'll no longer get free journeys after eight trips, but you will get a $2 discount if you have to change between transport modes (trains, buses, ferries and light rail) as part of the same journey. While fares won't rise, people who previously took used "Opal hacking" will pay more, while some commuters may pay less overall.

Will you be better off or worse off? Use our calculator to find out.

Kenneth Tsang

Kenneth is the publisher for Broadband and Internet TV at finder.com.au. He's currently studying Geospatial Engineering at UNSW. You could say he's a bit of an NBN geek.

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8 Responses to New Opal Fare Calculator: How much extra will you pay?

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    xiaoyuinau | August 22, 2016


    I commute daily between central coast to pyrmont each weekdays. So my fare after 4 September would be from Mon to Thu $15 each day for 4 days. What about the Fifth day’s fare? Here is my calculation:

    Trip to Pyrmont: bus to gosford station 3.5/2=1.75
    Train gosford to central 5.81/2-2=0.91
    light rail central to pyrmont 2.1/2-2=-0.95
    Total fare: 1.71
    Trip back to central coast:
    Light to to central 2.1/2=1.05
    Train central to gosford 8.3/2-2=2.15
    bus from gosford station to home: 3.5/2-2=-0.25
    Total fare: 2.95
    Please let me know if this calculation is correct. Your current calculation model can’t do this.

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      Kenneth | August 22, 2016

      Hi xiaoyuinau,

      Thanks for your question. Based on the calculations you have provided, I’m assuming you are eligible for a half-price fare (either Concession or Child/Youth). Holders of concession and child Opal cards will only get $1 rebate when they switch between modes after 4th September. This is to reflect the fact that fares are half price for these commuters.

      For your trip from Central Coast to Pyrmont, a full-fare Adult during peak time would be charged (from 4th September):

      Bus to Gosford Station: $3.50
      Train from Gosford Station to Central Station: $3.50 + $8.30 – $2.00 (rebate) = $9.80
      LR from Central Station to Pyrmont Bay: $3.50 + $8.30 – $2.00 + $2.10 – $2.00 = $9.90

      A concession holder would be charged exactly half that amount – $4.95.

      The return journey would also cost the same amount, however, the daily cap for adult fares is $15 ($7.50 for concession). Therefore, your daily fare is capped at $15.

      From Monday to Thursday, you will incur $15 each day until Friday. By Friday, you would have paid $60 ($15×4) which is the Weekly Travel Cap (Weekly Travel Cap is $30 for concession holders).

      This means on a weekly basis, your fare will remain unchanged after the changes on 4th September, at $60 per week ($30 for concession holders).

      I hope that clears it up for you.


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    Eli | July 6, 2016

    Hi, how is replaced previous One Day Trip for Pensioners ,valued ; $2,50 ?

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    Karlz | July 6, 2016

    According to this, my fare will double! How is this possible? I go from one train station to another, 5 days a week. I don’t transfer. Currently, I use 8 trips in the first 4 days, and the 2 trips on the 5th day are free. How will having to pay 2 extra trips (approx. $5 each direction) DOUBLE my weekly bill? If that’s the case I’ll skip the rubbish public transport and just drive!

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    Tim | July 6, 2016

    Will the 1 hour transfer between buses still be valid? I currently have to catch one bus from home to Newcastle @ $4.50, then a second bus to work. The second bus usually comes within the 60 minute window and at present does not cost an additional fare. Will this change with the new rules?

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      Kenneth | July 6, 2016

      Hi Tim,

      Thanks for your question. There are no changes to the 1 hour transfer window.

      There are two fare rule changes expected to begin in September. They include:

      • Introduction of $2 multi-mode rebate when switching between different modes of transport (e.g. train to bus)
      • Removal of free trips and replacement with a half-price weekly travel reward after the first eight journeys per week

      Hope this helps.


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    James | May 18, 2016

    Hi Kenneth,

    How come the current fare listed for Ashfield to Town Hall (and vice versa via train) is $3.38 in peak currently, when it’s actually $4.20?

    Also, when I select the schedule it’s telling me to tap off at Central, tap back on and continue to Town Hall for $0 in the morning, but afternoon is just one straight run via the Leppington train – is this correct or not?


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      Kenneth | May 18, 2016

      Hi James,

      Thanks for writing in about this. The likely reason for the Ashfield to Town Hall fare is due to a fare rule known as the ‘CBD increment’, which we cannot accurately implement into our calculator because of a lack of documentation.

      Normally, Opal fares on trains are calculated using the track length (for Ashfield to Town Hall, this comes to ~9.6km or $3.38 peak). Since your journey passes through the CBD, Transport for New South Wales adds an unspecified distance to the distance used for fare calculations. Since you’re so close to the 10km fare band cut-off, there may be discrepancies in between the theoretical fare and the fare that’s charged by Opal.

      In terms of scheduling, this is an artifact of how Sydney Trains timetable their services (and is how the data is present to us from Google Maps). From a timetabling perspective, typical Central-bound T2 services will technically “terminate” at Central even though they complete their loop around City Circle and continue as a new service.

      Even though they are listed as separate trips on the calculator, they are actually a continuation of the service.

      I hope that answers your question.


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