Sealink launches opal card payments
SeaLink Travel Group (SeaLink) today announced that customers would be able to use Opal Cards for payment on all its Sydney Harbour ferry services from Wednesday 31st January.
Chief Executive Jeff Ellison said the introduction of OpalPay would be a bonus for all customers on SeaLink and Captain Cook Cruises services and be appealing to commuters and local and international tourists.
“The use of tap and go cards has been accelerating at a noticeable rate over the past year as passengers moved away from making cash payments and the speed and convenience of the Opal Card will be an important addition to our customer service offering,” Mr Ellison said.
“The introduction of OpalPay will be significant for commuters following the successful launches of our commuter ferry service between Watsons Bay and Circular Quay as well as the ferry service to and from the International Convention Centre (ICC) wharf and Circular Quay.”
“It will also appeal to tourists who can obtain the Opal Card from the international and domestic airport train stations and unlike other cities with fare smartcards, customers do not have to pay for the card itself.”
Tap and go payments can be made on services between:
- Manly and Barangaroo
- Watsons Bay and Circular Quay
- Lane Cove and Circular Quay
- International Convention Centre wharf and Circular Quay
Mr Ellison said SeaLink had been able to incorporate OpalPay in a seamless manner.
“The OpalPay system has been implemented in a very professional manner and we thank the Government for their assistance in providing this important addition to our payment offering,” Mr Ellison said.
“Passengers will only need one tap to make the fare payment on SeaLink and Captain Cook ferries. There’ll be no need to tap off.
Customers will still have the option to buy a regular ferry ticket if they choose.” Mr Ellison said.
Adult and child fares are available, but concession fares are only available on selected SeaLink and Captain Cook Cruises routes. Gold Senior/Pensioner or Concession Opal cards may be used on selected services.
SeaLink’s 22 vessels provide ferry and cruising services across Sydney Harbour, transporting almost three quarters of a million passengers last year.