Sydney on a budget


Sydney has an extensive public transport system that includes trains, buses, ferries and light rail. An electronic ticketing system called Opal allows you to use one ticket to use across all these types of transport.  Opal is a ‘pay-as-you-go’ system, so you only pay when you catch a train or bus or ferry, including some private ferry operators like Manly Fast Ferry. There are rewards for frequent travel and daily caps on fares that can save regular users and even visitors on short trips some $$$.

Opal cards must be purchased from retail outlets or online. The Opal card is free when you load a minimum amount of onto the card.  The minimum cost is $10 for adult cards and $5 for child cards.

The primary locations for visitors to purchase cards include:

Sydney Airport – You can buy Opal cards at Newslink or WH Smith bookshops at either terminal. You can also buy them at the Airport stations.  This post on taking the train from Sydney Airport will help you master this trip like a local.

Near City Train stations – You cannot buy your cards at train stations although there are some exceptions, like Circular Quay and the airport. Most stations will have a newsagent or convenience store nearby where you can buy a card.

  • Circular Quay – Transport shop just outside the entry
  • Town Hall – Woolworths Town Hall 2 – George Street Sydney
  • Central Station – Newslink kiosks around the station – there are at least  5
  • Wynyard Station – Newslink Wynyard Station – The Concourse, Wynyard

Supermarkets, newsagents and convenience Stores  Woolworths supermarkets are a great place to top up. Also, many news agencies and many convenience stores such as 7Eleven and EzyMart located around the city and suburbs also sell the cards.  You will see an Opal sticker in the window of places who provide cards or top-ups.

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For more information on Opal cards please click here.

Cheap EATS

Sydney has an array of restaurants located near the University of Sydney, please find below a list of cheap eats.

Twenty 8 Acres | Cafe | 0.5kms

The Duck Inn Pub & Kitchen | Australian/Pub | 0.4kms

Bombay Street Kitchen | Indian | 0.6kms

Buon Gusto | Italian | 0.4kms

Ahgora | Greek | 0.8kms

Atom Thai |Thai | 0.8kms

1989 Arcade Bar & Kitchen | American/Australian | 0.5kms

Kurrachee | Pakistani | 0.6kms

Miyama Japanese Kitchen | Japanese | 0.6kms

Cafe Missi | Cafe | 0.7kms

The Rose Hotel | Pub | 0.6kms

For more information and options please click here.

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