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What is the METRO Q® Fare Card?

Think of the METRO Q® as an electronic wallet for METRO riders. This unique card contains a computer chip that stores your cash balance directly onto your card. Fares are automatically deducted from your card each time you ride, just like a debit card.

METRO Day Pass

What is the METRO Day Pass?

While very similar to the METRO Q® Fare Card, the new METRO Day Pass is a whole new way to ride, offering unlimited local bus and light-rail service with just three paid taps of your card.

That’s unlimited rides on METRO for just $3 a day!

When paying your fare with cash, use exact change.

NOTE: Bus or rail transfers are not available when paying cash.

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Watch a video that explains how the Day Pass works. The first six minutes are in English, the last half in Spanish. Runs 15:02

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METRO Q® Fare Card

METRO Day Pass

The METRO Q® Fare Card offers the best value for riders who use local bus, rail or commuter service once or twice daily.

The METRO Day Pass offers the best value for
frequent local bus and rail riders who travel three or more times daily.

No rider restrictions. Card can be used anytime on any METRO bus or train. Valid only on the day of activation – expires 2 a.m. the following morning.
FREE Transfers (up to three hours in the same direction) with every paid fare. FREE Transfers (up to three hours in the same direction) for the first two paid fares. Enjoy unlimited travel, in any direction, after your third paid fare - same day only.

50% discounts for students, seniors and disabled riders. Customers can load/reload their card using any amount ranging from $5 to $500.

50% discount for students, seniors and disabled riders. Riders can preload up to $500 per card.
Users are rewarded over time, offering 5 FREE rides for every 50 paid rides.*
*Trips cannot be combined from multiple METRO Q® Cards.
Frequent users are rewarded the same day, offering unlimited local bus and rail service.
Tap your card to pay. Activates after three paid taps of your card.

Never pay more than $3 a day – no matter how often you ride.
Valid on all METRO bus and light-rail service.
METRO Q® Fare Card User Guide (PDF)
Valid on METRO Park & Ride service; however, paid fares will not count toward the unlimited local bus and rail travel benefit.
METRO Day Pass Brochure - English (PDF)
Folleto De METRO Day Pass - Español (PDF)


Fare Zone Chart

Routes Fares
Discounted Fares Students, Seniors, Medicare Cardholders and Disabled
Local / METRORail $1.25 per ride $0.60 per ride
Park & Ride Zone 1 $2.00 per ride $1.00 per ride
Park & Ride Zone 2 $3.25 per ride $1.60 per ride
Park & Ride Zone 3 $3.75 per ride $1.85 per ride
Park & Ride Zone 4 $4.50 per ride $2.25 per ride
All fares are rounded to the nearest nickel, dime, or quarter.


Rail Tickets

A one way ticket costs just a $1.25, and children five and under ride free.
more information on rail fares >>

Ride Guide Information >>
Discounted METRO fare cards - Information for students, seniors, Medicare cardholders and the disabled >>


  • METRO cannot offer cash refunds. Any unused balance will be transferred onto a METRO fare card.
  • Lost or stolen METRO fare cards are replaced free of charge for the first loss. There is a $10.00 replacement fee for each replaced card, thereafter.
  • Customers who received their METRO Q® Card from their employer (i.e. the employer is a RideSponsor) should follow the instructions of their Employee Transportation Coordinator to receive a new card.
  • METROLift customers will be contacted by a METROLift representative or call 713-225-0119.
  • Balance is protected when you register your card.

Get Your METRO fare card >>
Login and load value onto your METRO fare card >>
Is your METRO fare card expiring? >>

Patrons with questions about transferring a balance onto a Stored Value Card are asked to call METRO’s customer service.

Call 713-635-4000 and listen to the prompt for the METRO Q® Card help desk.

park and ride fare zone map 2008

Download PDF of Map >>


NOTE: METRO is neither associated, nor affiliated with Q Card Company or Brush Holding, Inc.