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If you have a NSW war widow/er transport concession card from the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA), you can apply for a gold Opal card and pay reduced fares on trains, buses, most ferries and light rail. You also have access to the gold Opal $2.50 daily travel cap.


  • War widows and widowers who hold a transport concession card issued by the DVA.

The DVA concession cards are valid for 12 months until 31 December each year.

What you need

  • your NSW war widow/er transport concession card from the DVA.

How to apply

  1. Check the eligibility requirements.
  2. Select the 'Apply online' button.
  3. Select 'I want to order a senior/pensioner Opal card'.
  4. Select 'Continue ordering an Opal card'.
  5. Complete the registration details.
  6. Enter your entitlement details.
  7. Decide on your top up amount and type.
  8. Make your payment.
  9. Select 'Submit'.

More information

  • Your gold Opal card isn't proof of entitlement. You must always carry your war widow/er transport concession card when travelling.
  • Once your eligibility is confirmed by Transport for NSW, your gold Opal card will be mailed to you within 5 to 7 working days. You'll then need to Activate your Opal card.
  • Outside the Opal network your war widow/er concession card also entitles you to:
    • $2.50 all day travel with the Regional Excursion Daily ticket on local buses
    • $2.50 all day travel with the Country Pensioner Excursion ticket for booked NSW TrainLink Regional services
    • 2 return (or 4 single) free trips on NSW TrainLink Regional services each calendar year, within NSW. If you're travelling interstate on your free journeys, you'll need to pay the applicable fare from the NSW border to the interstate destination.
  • Concession travel isn't available on fast ferries between Manly and Circular Quay, event shuttle buses, charter bus services or Great Southern Rail services.
  • Check with your Local Transport Operators to find out if they recognise the NSW war widow/er transport concession card.
    Last updated: 6 November 2019
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