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Contactless payments fully rolled out across Opal network

New South Wales’ entire Opal ticketing system is now capable of handling contactless bank card payments, after the popular Bondi Link was bus service was added to the scheme last week.

The Bondi Link, which has become the country’s busiest bus route since its launch 12 months ago – handling more than 8.7 million journeys – was the final service enhanced with contactless bank payment capabilities on September 23.

It means the entire Opal ticketing network, which covers train, light rail, bus and ferry services, can now handle contactless bank card and other payment device functions.

“The great news is those customers now have the ease of tapping on with a whole range of options, including debit and credit cards,” transport minister Andrew Constance said of the Bondi Link addition.

“This achievement marks the final piece of the contactless payments puzzle.”