Contactless payments on public transport are available in cities such as London. The convenience of tapping your credit or debit card on the reader at both ends of a journey is really great.
You don’t need to worry about the kind of ticket to buy, nor do you need to line up at a ticket booth or machine. Happily, you can now use contactless payments on public transport in Sydney, Australia.
Fares for Contactless Payments
Sydney has a smart card scheme called Opal, where you load the card with money and tap on and off when travelling. This is similar to other cards around the world, such as London’s Oyster card and Dublin’s Leap card.
Using contactless payments means you will be charged the same rate as an Opal card. This fare is discounted from the usual standard ticket price, which means it’s cheaper to use a card.
A Note About Sydney Airport
The railway line that serves Sydney Airport is privately owned, resulting in a special “Station Access Fee” being charged when using the Domestic and International Terminal stations. This is A$14.87 per use, which is quite expensive.
If you are travelling on your own, it is still cheaper to pay this fee and take the train to the city. However, once you are more than a couple of people, it may actually cost you less to get a taxi where you want to do. Do your research before you travel!
As time passes, more and more cities will introduce contactless payments on their public transport systems. It is good to see Sydney now accepting these as it will make my life easier next time I am in town.
Have you used your card in this way on public transport before? Where else can you go contactless? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
Featured image by Jacques-Grießmayer via Wikimedia Commons.
Sydney Airport Domestic train station via Transport for NSW.