Payments News


Credit card payments extended to Sydney’s trains, but users miss out on Opal benefits

“The use of credit and debit cards to pay for public transport trips has been expanded to NSW’s rail network following a trial on ferry and light rail services. Passengers who opt for their credit cards will pay the equivalent of standard distance-based fares, unlike in previous trials when they were slugged a more expensive single-trip ticket. However, the use of credit cards will not offer commuters the same benefits as those using Opal cards, which includes half-price travel after eight trips in a week, or a $2 transfer discount when switching modes of transport such as from a bus to a train.”