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The Opal card

The Opal card is a smartcard used to pay for public transport in Sydney, and as far as Newcastle, Katoomba, Wollongong and Newcastle. You can buy single-use Opal tickets, or a reusable card that can be topped up, and offers better value for money. You can purchase or top up your Opal from machines at train stations, most newsagents and convenience stores like 7Eleven, or online at


Can I get a concession Opal card?

Yes – If you are:

A full-time domestic student, or
An international student in receipt of certain specified government-funded scholarships (such as AusAID)

No – If you are:

A part-time domestic student
A self-funded international student, or international student on any other form of scholarship

If you are not sure of eligibility SUPRA recommends applying for concession Opal anyway. Apply for a tertiary student concession at


Timetables and trip planning

Transport NSW has online timetables and trip-planning tools on their website. They can also recommend transport apps for your smart device:



Always travel on the correct fare. The fines for being caught with the wrong card or ticket on public transport can be high – up to $200 – and during semester inspectors often wait at bus stops near the University. For more information go to our fines section.


Free Campus Shuttle Bus

The University operates several free shuttle bus services:

  • Camperdown/Darlington campus to Redfern Station
  • Cumberland campus to Lidcombe station
  • Camperdown campus to Australian Technology Park
  • Camperdown campus to Rozelle Campus
  • Camden campus to Oxley St Camden CBD

For timetable information see:


Accessibility on campus

The bus between Redfern Station and Camperdown/Darlington campus has wheelchair access on all services. For emergency transport needs on Camperdown/Darlington campus, students can contact Campus Security on 9351 3487 and request a vehicle with full hydraulic wheelchair lift.

Students with a mobility parking permit may park in disabled parking spaces. If you have medical or special circumstances that impact your mobility, check your eligibility online at or contact Campus Security.


Village to Village bus

Free bus services run on Thursdays and Fridays within the City of Sydney, and close to Darlington campus. There are four routes available:

Redfern to Broadway and the Fish Markets via Glebe;

  • Redfern to Broadway and the Fish Markets via Alexandria and Newtown
  • Woolloomooloo to Redfern and Broadway via Kings Cross, Surry Hills, and Central Station
  • Broadway to Paddy’s Markets/Chinatown via Millers Point.

Further information and timetables are available at



The University website features information on the best and safest cycle routes to Camperdown campus and Lidcombe campus, as well as location of bike parking stations and showers:


Parking your bike on campus

Bike parking is shown on the University’s campus maps. Be careful to park only in designated bike parking or your bike may be removed and taken to Security Services.


Buying a car

If you need to buy a car, there is useful information at the National Roads and Motor Authority website:

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