Questions & Answers: Riding METRO

On this page, you can get answers to common questions about riding METRO, all in one place.


The regular fare to board ranges from $2-8. So a round-trip can cost $4-$16.

The discounted fare to board ranges from $1-4. So a round-trip can cost $2-8.

Fares vary by zone. To find out what zone you’re in, visit the Park & Ride bus page.

The following passengers ride free:

  • Children five or younger, accompanied by an adult
  • Seniors 70 and older who have a discounted METRO Q® Fare Card
  • Disabled or decorated veterans who have a METRO Veterans Pass
  • METROLift customers with a METROLift Freedom Q® Card, and up to one assistant

You can pay your Park & Ride bus fare using any of the following:

  • METRO Q® Fare Card
  • METRO Q Mobile Ticket
  • METRO Day Pass
  • METRO Money card
  • Cash

The All About Fares page has information on where you can obtain various fare cards.

If you pay your fare using a METRO Q® Fare Card, METRO Q Mobile Ticket (Park & Ride version), METRO Day Pass or METRO Money card, you’re entitled to free transfers between any of these METRO services for up to three hours in any direction:

  • Local bus
  • METRORail
  • METRORapid
  • METRO curb2curb

Depending on where your Park & Ride bus stops along its route, connections may be available to one or more of those services.

For transfers to a Park & Ride bus route with a higher cost, you only pay the fare difference for up to three hours in any direction. 

NOTE: If you use a METRO Day Pass on Park & Ride service, the cost to ride doesn't get applied to the maximum daily card deduction. Because of that, we don’t recommend using a METRO Day Pass on Park & Ride service.

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