The idea is to increase the number of journeys on your Opal card as close to the max as possible in a short time. This can save a lot of money if you have a longer commute, want to use a lot of ferries, etc.
- Take a train to Ersko or Mac’town, tap off as normal
- Walk to the other station, tap on
- Walk back, tap off
- Repeat until you have enough journeys!
- My return journeys took about 10 minutes each as you can see in my history, but this could be a lot faster with a bicycle.
- You can’t do this in the City, as transfers between city stations don’t count as a new journey
- You can’t ride the train when tapped off, hence why you must walk between stations (which is a lot faster in this case anyway) . If you wanted to do something similar actually riding the trains, it would take two cards.
- You have to stop once the daily cap of $15 is reached, which means you can only get 7 journeys this way in a single go.
- The above stations are picked since they are close to each other and have Opal readers (without barriers) near the footpath.
It might be a good business opportunity for a student or bicycle courier – collect people’s Opal cards on Monday, rack up the journeys and return the cards for a small fee. You could tap on multiple cards at once I suppose. I’m not sure how many times you could do this before the station staff might notice and start asking questions 🙂