Using light rail

Newcastle Light Rail is operated by Newcastle Transport, running from Newcastle Interchange in Wickham to Pacific Park in Newcastle East - just 200 metres from Newcastle Beach.

With six convenient stops, Newcastle Light Rail is the new way to explore Newcastle's city centre.

The turn-up-and-go service operates from 5am to 1am, seven days a week.


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Light rail fast facts

Fast Facts

Tap on with your opal card

Tap on with your opal card

Catching light rail is easy with an Opal card. Simply tap on at the platform.

The fare is $2.20 with an Adult Opal card and $1.10 with a Child/Youth, Concession or Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card.

With the Opal Transfer Discount, transferring to light rail within 60 minutes of tapping off the train, bus or ferry will cost just 20 cents for adults or 10 cents for children, concession card holders and seniors or pensioners. 

Children aged three years and under travel free on public transport.

You can make multiple trips on light rail under the same fare as long as you tap on within 60 minutes of tapping off from your last trip.

If you don't have an Opal card, you can tap on at one of the Opal readers with an American Express, Mastercard or Visa credit or debit card or a linked device. Standard Adult Opal fare pricing applies.

You can also buy single trip tickets from ticket machines on the platform. However, single trip tickets cost more than an Opal card fare and don't provide any Opal benefits.

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Get on board

Get on board

Enter the light rail stop safely and wait on the platform behind the safety line until your service arrives. When the light rail vehicle has come to a stop, board by pressing the door open button when it turns green. Always allow other passengers to exit the vehicle before you board.

Once on board, make sure you stand clear of the doors and take a seat, or, if standing, hold onto a hand strap or handrail. There are luggage racks for larger items and surfboard racks to secure your board on the way to the beach.

There are 60 seats on each vehicle, including 16 priority seats which should be made available for less mobile passengers. There is standing room for 216 people, with hand straps and handrails available for passenger safety.

What can I bring on board?

  • Surfboards
  • Skateboards
  • Scooters
  • Mobility aids* (including wheelchairs, motorised wheelchairs and walkers)
  • Guide dogs and assistance dogs

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Enjoy your trip

Follow the instructions of staff, signs and onboard announcements and remember to be respectful of other passengers.

Vehicles have a speed limit of 40km/h. Please make sure you hold on and store your belongings safely as vehicles may brake suddenly.

Leave the vehicle and tap off

Pay attention to the passenger information display or the onboard announcements so you don't miss your stop.

Be prepared to leave the vehicle as it pulls into your stop. When the light rail vehicle has come to a stop, exit by pressing the door open button when it turns green.

Remember to tap off at the Opal reader using your Opal card, American Express, Mastercard or Visa credit or debit card or linked device on the platform.

Leave the platform

Please cross the road at the designated pedestrian crossing at each stop.

Light rail vehicles are very quiet and can approach from either direction, so it's important you pay attention when around the tracks and look both ways when crossing.