Opal for youth


NSW’s young people are now able to benefit from half price fares with a new Opal card

Children and young people in New South Wales are now entitled to their own Opal card which gives them the benefits of the smartcard at half price.

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian says the launch of the Child/Youth Opal card marks another major milestone in the rollout and is perfectly timed with the school holidays.

Children aged 4 to 16 and young people still at school can now carry their own Opal card and access all the benefits – including cheaper fares, daily travel caps and free travel anywhere on the public transport network after eight paid journeys a week.

"The new green coloured Child/Youth Opal card works in the same easy and convenient way as the Adult Opal card, but it automatically calculates child fares at 50 per cent of an adult fare," says Berejiklian.

 "As well as half price fares, children get their daily travel cap halved, meaning they can travel on any mode of public transport with Opal for no more than $7.50 a day."

Berejiklian says the new Child/Youth Opal card will take centre stage at the Transport for NSW exhibition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

The Child/Youth card is not a school travel pass - it’s designed for paid non-school travel, weekends and school holidays.

A separate Opal card for travel to and from school will be released later in the rollout.

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