Getting around Sydney on public transport can often be quite confusing, particularly if you’re not familiar with the city. This is why we’re here to help!

Getting around Sydney is a lot easier with an Opal Card; this is Sydney’s public transport smart card that lets you tap on and off public transport services without having to wait in line for paper tickets. You can use an Opal Card on all buses, trains and ferry’s in Sydney as well as regional New South Wales.

Getting an Opal Card is easy, you can purchase one at certain newsagents, convenience stores, supermarkets and major train stations. Follow this link to find your closest Opal Card retailer. Alternatively you can order an Opal Card online to have it sent to you.

Unfortunately concession Opal cards are only available to full time domestic students or certain exchange students, however you can still order an adult Opal Card if you are an international student.

Adding the money on your Opal Card is easy. This can be easily done through any Opal Card retailer or can be done through the Opal Card app. This free app is available on all iPhone and Android devices.

Now you’ve got your Opal Card, it’s time to plan where to go. To do this I recommend using two tools; the Trip View app and Google Maps.

Google Maps

This tool is useful in telling you where to walk to get to the bus stop or train station you need, as well as what is the quickest route on public transport. Just remember to select the icon that looks like a train for the public transport route, as you will see on the image below:


Trip View App

You can also view the public transport timetables through the Trip View app. This is an easy tool to use and is available for both iPhones and Androids. The image below is an example of what these timetables look like:


Do you have any tips on getting around on public transport or using Opal Cards in Sydney? Then feel free to add them to this discussion by commenting below!