Fares: METRO Q® Fare Card, Day Pass & More

Fare for local buses or METRORail is $1.25.

METRO Q® Fare Card

The METRO Q® is our electronic fare card which acts like a “digital wallet.” This unique card contains a microchip that stores your cash balance directly onto your card. Fares are automatically deducted each time you pay to ride, just like a debit card. Customer should maintain possession of the METRO Q® Fare Card or any other fare item upon boarding the bus or train as proof of paid fare. You get free transfers in any direction for up to three hours. 

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METRO Q Mobile Ticketing

Purchase your full-fare METRO local bus and light-rail tickets 24/7 – right from your smartphone!

  • Choose Single Ride or METRO Day Pass
  • Pay with debit, credit or PayPal
  • Purchase tickets for now or later
  • Unlimited transfers for duration of ticket

METRO Day Pass

Similar to the METRO Q® Fare Card, the METRO Day Pass is a reloadable card that offers a whole new way to ride, unlimited local bus and light-rail service with just three paid taps of your card – never pay more than $3 a day. Customer should maintain possession of the METRO Q® Fare Card or any other fare item upon boarding the bus or train as proof of paid fare. You get free transfers in any direction for up to three hours. 

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METRO Money Card

METRO Money is our disposable smart card that contains a predetermined dollar amount for use in paying your METRO fare. METRO Money also allows FREE transfers (up to three hours of travel in any direction) when tapped. Customer should maintain possession of the METRO Q® Fare Card or any other fare item upon boarding the bus or train as proof of paid fare.

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METRO Money is available in denominations of $5, $10 and $20. NOTE: These cards cannot be reloaded.

Cash

Riders are welcome to pay with cash; however, exact change is required, and operators cannot make change. Transfers are only available when using the METRO Q® Fare Card or METRO Day Pass.

 

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

NOTE: All fares are rounded to the nearest nickel, dime, or quarter.

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Comparison of Fare Cards

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.

Reloadable

Valid only on the day of activation – expires 2 a.m. the following morning.

FREE Transfers (up to three hours in any direction) with every paid fare.

FREE Transfers (up to three hours in any 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. Valid on METRO Park & Ride service; however, paid fares will not count toward the unlimited local bus and rail travel benefit.

 

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