Using light rail

Newcastle Light Rail runs from Newcastle Interchange in Wickham to Newcastle Beach in the east end of Newcastle.

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.

Newcastle Light Rail map

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 using the Opal reader on the platform.

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

With the Opal transfer benefit, transferring to Newcastle Light Rail after travelling on 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.

*Discount applies when transfer is within a limited time period. For more information, visit

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.

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 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.

Each vehicle has two wheelchair spaces with belts.

What can I bring on board?

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

* For more information on mobility aid specifications, visit

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

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.

Remember to tap off with your Opal card on the platform.

Leave the platform

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

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