The Opal Card gets a top up machine

Today the first of over 300 Opal card top up machines was switched on, providing yet another option for customers to top up their cards.

Initially, these cards accept Visa/MasterCard/EFTPOS for top ups only, with machines accept cash to follow, and finally there will be machines that dispense ‘disposable’ Opal card tickets.

To start with, the machines are rather simple – you can only use them to check your balance, and top up with preset amounts. There’s no option to show a transaction history (e.g., the last 10 transactions as stored on the card), or top up a custom amount.
They also require you to insert your card – there’s no fancy PayPass or payWave support here.

The receipt printed by the machine is a standard EFTPOS receipt, but also has your (unobfuscated!) card number on the bottom.
It’s also missing your card balance which does appear on the ePay receipts from a retailer.

The first two machines have been installed at Leppington and Edmondson Park stations, with Penrith, Parramatta, Strathfield, Central, Bondi Junction, Chatswood and Olympic Park stations next on the list.

More information is available on the website

Take the train to Sydney Airport for $10 with Opal

Updated 6/3/2015 for new 2015 fares

Due to the way Opal implements minimum required balances for travel, it’s possible for your Opal card to fall into having a negative balance.

To travel with Opal, all that’s required is the minimum balance at time of tap on.

The minimum value to tap on with Opal depends on the time of tap on and the mode of transport. For trains, the minimum balance is $2.36 during off-peak and $3.38 during peak hours. For ferries it is $5.74 and for buses or light rail, $2.10.

Of course, you will need to top up again in order to use the card, but once you’ve tapped on, you can travel anywhere and tap off.

With the announcement that now you can purchase an unregistered opal card from a retailer with as little as $10 cash, this makes this option slightly more feasible.

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Sydney’s Opal Card: Now available from retailers

The availability of Opal cards from retailers is imminent, with many retailers already receiving stock and some already selling the cards.
As of August 1st, there are just under 1,000 Opal card retailers across greater Sydney.

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The Opal card itself is ‘free’, however you are required to top it up at the same time. Continue reading