Credit Cards Now Accepted On NSW Trains
Credit cards and smartphone wallets can now be used to tap on to Sydney's rail network in an expansion to the Opal card system.
NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance says the change -- which took effect on Monday -- would make it easier for Sydneysiders to get around the city and surrounds and also help tourists who will no longer need to buy an Opal card during short visits.
"Contactless payments will also make purchasing higher one-off fares a thing of the past for occasional train customers and visitors to NSW," Constance said in a statement.
Credit card and mobile payment were rolled out for light rail and ferries earlier this year.
Constance said the payment method would be available on buses in 2019.
Credit card company American Express welcomed the move by the NSW government as did the Commonwealth Bank.
"It... will ultimately make commuting across the country and across transport networks a simpler and easier day-to-day process," a Commonwealth Bank spokesman said in a statement.