Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A visit to Sin City, Sydney

We are gone, armed with our Sydney public transport cards. I bought them online and the process was simple enough. Under my new account I bought one for R as well. I will only mention my full priced one. Although Melbourne's Myki card costs $6, you need put no more than $10 credit on it if you buy it online. Sydney's Opal card is free but the minimum credit to add is $40.

$40 will probably be about right for me, with the airport train charged at a premium price which will use over half the $40 for the two way trip. There is a weekly cap for airport use, but it works per calendar week, not a week from when you first use the card at the airport station. I certainly won't be adding another $40 online but may have to top it up using a machine and putting a lesser amount of credit on to the card.


First holiday with only the tablet rather than the notebook. Much easier on the back. Will see how that goes. (That was the theory but when going to the Bellarine last weekend, R asked me to put his tablet in my backpack as well as my own) As usual it is unlikely, even less likely with the tablet, I will post while I am away but I will probably keep reading your posts. Ciao and see you in a bit.

19 comments:

  1. Bloody transport cards! I lost mine yesterday. Can you believe it?? I lost something! And it was something so important!! The folder must have slipped out of my jacket pocket as I got off the bus in the city. So there I was stuck between two buses and no card. I went straight home and got online to cancel it because it has $30 on it. A replacement will be sent with that amount on it, but will arrive within 10 business days. In the meantime I have to pay for tickets or restrict my travels to the free 9am to 3pm times. I was so angry with myself for not putting the thing in my backpack, I walked all the way home.

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    1. River, even we almost perfect people make an occasional mistake. Anyway, no long term harm. I think ten working days was the delivery time for the cards above. They arrived in about three days.

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    2. I'm more angry at my careless loss of the little red leather folder I had them in. I'll never see that again.

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  2. So have nice and fantastic holidays..

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    1. Thanks Gosia, just a few days away.

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  3. Have fun. Lots and lots of fun.

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  4. I haven't got one.
    I use the $2.50 all day card, if you have a pension card you can travel all day getting on and off public transport as much as you want, I find it handy if travelling to two or more places in the same day.
    After using weeklies when I was working for years, I remember losing my card and a inspector got on the train and I had no ticket as I didn't know what I had done with it, he of course didn't believe me and I got a fine and had to buy tickets for the rest of the week, what if you had a yearly ticket and lost it would you have to buy a new one it should be recorded that you had one and they would reissue but not so in those days, do they do that with the Opal I wonder.
    The airport line is a real rip off so is parking at the airport.
    Merle.........
    Have a good time in Sydney............

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  5. EC had my comment all the time - have Fun Fun Fun - then come home and remember what a great city we have here in Melbourne :)
    Take care
    Cathy

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  6. Cheers EC.

    Merle interesting about weekly and yearly tickets. Wouldn't you be so careful with yearly tickets. We will have a good time.

    Ah yes Cathy, we never under appreciate Melbourne. Thanks.

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  7. Have a good time you two. Look forward to hearing about it. There isn't a travel card geared specifically for tourists who may not want to load $40?

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  8. Have a blast and bring us back lots of photos!

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  9. Have a grand ole time, Andrew!

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  10. Have fun as I'm sure you will.
    Tablets can be heavy, thank goodness I have a light cover..

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  11. There are better priced public transport systems around the world #hellostockholm but the Opal comes into its own when you make enough trips each week to start qualifying for freebies.

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  12. Thanks all. Craig

    I think there may still be paper tickets, but I couldn't be bothered with them. A standard all day Sydney PT ticket was $15 the last time I bought one.

    James, I expect we will just fall short of freebies.

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  13. I am so grateful for my Freedom card which allows me free transport throughout London and free buses throughout England! Have a great time you two and no arguing.

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  14. Arguing Fun60? Us? Never!

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  15. Enjoy, at least the weather should be warmer!

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  16. I wondered how the Opal card worked - our stopover in Sydney wasn't long enough to actually get one, but after that little success, I'm sure we'll be back. I wish there was a national system - I'll end up with a pack of useless cards - one for each capital city - at this rate!!

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