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Do you have an Opal card? If so, do you think it is handy or not?

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YES I have one.

Yet! I don't use public transport.

But........say one day I needed to get a train or a bus, well I would not be allowed to take that once in a blue moon transport!

So I had to go buy a darn Opal card, and maybe one day it will get used.
Like in the next 3-4 yrs?*!#
Yes. I don't mind them, but I find it a bit of a hassle to keep topping them up. I know, an automatic top-up can be arranged, but I don't like the idea of my details being given out to yet another place.
by Vee
What are they?
I think they are pay as you go travel cards that you can too up with money, instead of having to buy a ticket all the time.
Ah, in that case in Brisbane they are called Go Cards. I have one because you pretty much have to to use public transport here. It's slightly cheaper and a lot less hassle.
I assume this is the equivalent of a London Oyster card? Yes I do. When they were first introduced there were no end of problems, but now everything has been ironed out, they are very useful.
I don't know what that is, so no, I don't have one.
Yes and they are great. Capped at $15 you can travel around as much as you like. The seniors card is dirt cheap around $2.60.
That sounds excellent. There's no cap on Go Cards and public transport here is extortionate. It costs my husband about $11 a day to get to work and back, which adds up.
Still cheaper than driving a car, & poss having to pay parking for it!
by donjo
Yes and I love it. I also bought one each for the eldest grandchildren and keep that with me as we like to use public transport whenever they aren't competing. I do have automatic top up on all of them because we find it more convenient to travel on public transport to the airport and home again when we need to fly. Sometimes hubby and I just go anywhere on a Sunday to take in the scenery we wouldn't see if we were driving.
Used an Oyster card in the UK. Have a Go card here. Oyster cards are very good because you can buy different ones and save heaps of money on trips. It was very good when we were travelling about.
by Rice
I have one even though I don't live in NSW! Since I regularly visit Newcastle to visit my elderly mother I find it incredibly convenient It also provides some great deals if you travel on Sunday....highly recommended!
I have one as it seems we all have to have one if we like it or not. I have not used it. and will not unless I have to for some reason or other.
then I will have to find out where to place money on it. wonder who thought this opal card up some idiot or idiots.
Difficult for families who have a number of children means a card for each member which has to be carried everywhere with them.
No, I've never used one of these before.
My husband & I have the (senior) Opal cards, & we find them extremely useful. We're always out on public transport, & it's only $2.50 per day, like for the whole day, on as much public transport as we like, including the light rail. We have ours paid automatically, $30 at a time when it gets down to then last $5 & we've had no trouble doing it that way. While we're in Melbourne, we use the Miki card.You pay $3 for the card, then put whatever amount of money on to it, at the machines at the railway stations. You can also check your Miki to see how much money you have on the card. We have 2 of those cards each, & 1 for our grand-daughter. Seniors have free public transport on Sundays in Melbourne, but we still have to use the Miki's. In Melbourne, you only have to use it, getting onto trams, but not off the trams, but on & off the trains! Phew!
by Miro
You bet! Everyone in Australia should have 1 by now. Anyone over 60, can get them selves an seniors card, $2.50 all day. It's wonderful & saves you so much money! I also have a Myki card for Melbourne travel, (which doesn't work for the airport bus, unfortunately!)
by Miro
Sorry, I forgot to check to see if I'd already answered this question!!!
by Miro
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