Transport Fares

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IPART sets the cap on the average increase to adult Opal fares that can be charged for all rail, bus, ferry and light rail fares used in Sydney and surrounds. 

Within these fare caps, the NSW Government determines individual Opal fares and other terms and conditions of travel, such as discounts for off-peak travel, and frequent travel.  IPART checks that the fares proposed by the NSW Government do not exceed the maximums allowed.

IPART does not determine concession policies for these services, including:

  • pensioner and regional ‘excursion tickets’
  • any concession tickets on rail, ferry or buses.

These policies are set by the NSW  Government. 

In setting fares, we consider what the most efficient cost in providing the service would be, and also how much benefit public transport provides for the overall community in terms of reduced congestion and pollution, before determining how much passengers who use the services should pay as fares. We also undertake extensive public consultation to understand the range of stakeholder views, and consider these views alongside the findings of our economic modelling and analysis.


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