NSW Opal fares to rise on train, bus and ferry: Here’s how much extra it will cost you
- Off-peak travel fares extended to all day Fridays
- Comes as annual Opal price hike looms
- One current benefit will be scrapped next month
An annual Opal price hike delayed by three months is being implemented on October 16.
Commuters will see a 3.7 per cent price hike, up from a three per cent increase 12 months ago and a 1.5 per cent rise in 2021.
A one-way peak-hour train trip from Penrith to the CBD will increase from $7.24 to $7.65, while a 10 minute journey from Chatswood to North Sydney will rise from $3.79 to $4.
For domestic and international travellers catching the train to the airport during the peak travel period, the fare increases by more than $1 from $19.53 to $20.68.
Commuters will see their weekly fares increase no more than $1 on average, according to NSW transport minister Jo Haylen.
But there is some good news to entice commuters to head into the office on Fridays.
Discounted Opal fares will be extended to Fridays to encourage more workers back into the office. Pictured are commuters at Sydney’s Central Station
Meanwhile, the 30 per cent fare discount which is given on weekends on train, bus and light rail services, will be expanded to also apply on Fridays.
It means commuters can travel all day on public transport on Fridays for no more than $8.90 or $4.45 for concession holders.
However, the current Opal benefit offering half-price fares for all trips once a commuter has paid for eight journeys in a week will be abolished.
The state government argued that almost 90 per cent of commuters don’t reach the number of trips to benefit as Sydneysiders still split their working week between home and the office post-pandemic.
An annual Opal price hike looms for commuters (pictured in Sydney) from October 16
Transport minister Jo Haylen (pictured) announced the Opal changes ahead of next Tuesday’s state budget
The changes announced on Friday ahead of the next Tuesday’s state budget come into effect from October 16.
‘Every weekend will soon be a long weekend when it comes to Opal fares as we make Friday travel cheaper for everyone,’ Ms Haylen said.
The weekly travel cap remains at $50 for adults, $25 concession while the $2.50 daily travel cap for seniors and pensioners remains unchanged.
University of Technology Sydney researcher Matt Hounsell said the discounted fares on Fridays will be more beneficial to low income workers and those commuting longer distances.
‘You will see people who are on lower incomes shifting their behaviour, but it will be a smaller incentive for everyone else,’ he told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Commuters will enjoy all-day public transport travel capped at $8.90 on Fridays including travel on light rail