The public transport fare cards you need

26 Jun 2015

Having the right travel card in your wallet can make getting around Australia's major cities a whole lot easier. 

Most capital cities now use reloadable single fare card for public buses, trains and ferries and if you're a regular in a particular city, having one in your wallet or handbag can be handy for getting around. 

If you want to beat the cost of a taxi fare and still get to where you're going, pick up one of the travel cards below next time you're in town. 

Sydney

Australia's biggest city has a huge public transport network covering trains, buses, ferries and light rail. For a fast way of getting around the city, nothing beats Sydney's underground which covers 176 stations and stretches more the 900km. 

Pick up - The NSW Government's Opal Card.

Melbourne

Melbourne is home to the largest tram network in the world with 250km of track, more than 400 trams and 28 routes. The city also boasts extensive rail and bus networks to and from the CBD as well as free City Circle trams designed for commuters and tourists.

Pick up -  Public Transport Victoria's myki card.

Brisbane

Brisbane offers an extensive public transport network with buses, trains and ferries and its renowned CityCats that operate on the Brisbane River. Brisbane's Citytrain network caters to the west, north and east sectors of the city with connections to the south covered by the South East Busway.

Pick up - Translink's Go Card.

Perth

Transperth provides train, bus and ferry transport throughout Perth. Commuters can access 70 rail stations and 15 bus stations in the metropolitan area as well as free bus and train trips around the Free Transit Zone in the city centre.

Pick up - Transperth's SmartRider Card.

Adelaide

Adelaide has a city wide public transport system operated by Adelaide Metro including buses, rail and the Adelaide-Glenelg Tram. City planners are also considering a CBD tram loop and tram extension to Adelaide Airport.

Pick up -  Adelaide Metro's metroCARD.