Seniors Card Travel: Sydney to Port Macquarie by train for $5

Save on your Port Macquarie trip with Seniors fares!

If you’re a senior who enjoys early starts, you can travel from Sydney to Port Macquarie for just $5. That’s a whopping 87% discount compared to the regular $42.08 fare.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Grab your cards: You’ll need two cards for this journey. First, apply for a Gold Seniors Concessional Opal card if you don’t have one already. It’s easy, and you can receive it within a week or two. Click here to get started: https://www.opal.com.au/ordercard. Second, you’ll need your Seniors card, valid in any Australian state. You can apply here: https://my.gov.au/en/services/ageing/retirement/after-you-retire/concessions-for-older-australians

  2. Book your train: Choose a Dungog to Port Macquarie Country Pensioner Excursion ticket. This special ticket costs only $2.50, but it can only be booked 7 days in advance or less. Book online at: https://www.nswtrainlink.info/regional-bookings
    Or call NSWtrainLink on 13 22 32. 

  3. Catch the early bird: This deal is only available Monday to Friday. Start your journey with the 5:15am Opal service from Central to Newcastle Interchange, arriving at 7:50am. Find the timetable here: https://transportnsw.info/documents/timetables/93-CCN-Central-Coast-Newcastle-Line-20230708.pdf

  4. Connect at Newcastle: You’ll get 39 minutes to enjoy a cuppa, in the cafe near Newcastle Interchange. At Newcastle Interchange, hop on the 8:29am Opal service to Dungog, arriving at 9:50am. See the timetable here: https://transportnsw.info/documents/timetables/93-HUN-Hunter-Line-20220219.pdf

  5. Board the XPT: In Dungog, catch your pre-booked XPT train departing at 10:43am.

  6. Finish with a bus ride: Arrive in Wauchope at 1:47pm and transfer to a 20-minute coach ride to Port Macquarie.

Enjoy your trip! This option offers significant savings and a scenic journey for seniors who are flexible with their travel times. Remember, this deal is available only Mondays to Fridays.

The coach service will drop you off in the middle of downtown Port Macquarie. There are numerous motels and hotels you can stay at within a short walking distance from where the coach drops you off. 

Important Links

Port Macquarie accommodation – Close to the center of town
Port Macquarie Taxis
Port Macquarie Visitor Information

Center of Port Macquarie. The Town Green. Image by ScenicAviator 
Posted in Explore NSW, Seniors Card Travel.

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