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Family travel costs to increase in time for holidays


Transport in Newcastle is set to cost families a whole lot more, just in time for the school holidays.

From Sunday 6 July, Transport NSW will abolish its $2.80 Family Funday ticket, with families of four now set to pay $24.10 for the same ride.

The Family Funday ticket was introduced several years ago, allowing travel all day on Sundays by train, bus, ferry or light rail services for $2.80 per adult and $2.80 per child/youth.

Next week, the start of the NSW Term 2 school holidays, the same travel will be capped at $8.05 per adult and $4.00 a day per child/youth, almost double the cost for a family of four.

Children aged three and under travel free on public transport in NSW.

The $2.50 a day ticket for gold senior/pensioner will remain the same.

Opal cards are used for Sydney’s rail and light-rail services, intercity government and private bus services in Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast, Wollongong, the Blue Mountains and the Hunter region, Sydney Ferries and the Stockton Ferry in Newcastle.

The price had already increased from $2.50 to $2.80 earlier in 2020.

The new fare changes will include a temporary 50% discount for off-peak fares on metro, train, bus and light rail services as well as extended weekday peak fare travel times.

For more information check the Transport NSW website.

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