AC Transit offers many ways to pay for your ride so catching the bus is easier than ever. Choose to pay with cash, or go contactless with Clipper or your mobile device. Learn about fares, how to get a Clipper card, paying with your mobile device, and more.
-- Not available, read about Fare Types for more info. Fares effective January 1, 2020.
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Ride on Fare-Free Fridays in September
AC Transit is excited to welcome more riders on board as schools and workplaces are returning to in-person operations. To welcome riders back, and to thank those who have been riding with us all along, we are providing free rides every Friday in September with Fare-Free Fridays.
Fare-Free Fridays applies to all AC Transit local and Transbay lines, including the Dumbarton Express. Riders can board without fare payment from 12 am to 11:59 pm on September 3, 10, 17, and 24. Riders can expect to see fareboxes and Clipper card readers covered, and mobile fare payment deactivated during this time.
How to Pay
Riders have many choices when paying their fare on AC Transit. Fares can be paid on board with cash, but contactless payment is more efficient and reduces bus boarding times—getting riders to their destinations faster. Contactless fare payment options include Clipper, now available on your phone, and purchasing fare with mobile apps.
Clipper is the Bay Area’s all-in-one transit card and the preferred way to pay AC Transit fares. With Clipper, riders can load cash or passes onto their card and enjoy discounts on single ride fares and Day passes, as well as get exclusive access to prepaid 31-day passes. Riders can now load a Clipper card onto their phone with Apple Pay or Google Pay, and manage their balance with the Clipper app. To pay, tag the Clipper reader with your card or phone upon boarding the bus. Learn how to get a Clipper Card.
AC Transit’s mobile payment platform provides a convenient, contactless way to pay on the go. Buying fare with your mobile device is easy. Mobile payment is available in the AC Transit Official app and through a number of third-party app partners like Token Transit app, Transit app, Moovit, and on Google Maps. Once in their preferred app, riders can then choose the type of fare they’d like to buy, then activate the pass and ride! Riders who use AC Transit’s mobile payment platform also have exclusive access to a range of Pay-as-you-go fares. Show the bus operator the pulsating mobile pass upon boarding or if asked for proof of payment. Learn more about contactless payment.
All AC Transit bus service accepts cash payments. Exact change is required, and bus operators don’t carry change or provide refunds. Passes on Clipper can be purchased with cash at the AC Transit Customer Service Center.
Tempo riders can use cash to purchase single ride fares and Day Passes at the ticket vending machine located at each station platform.
Other ways to pay
Riders can board AC Transit buses using any valid AC Transit ticket or pass, including these methods of payment:
- Clipper START
- RTC card with valid monthly sticker
- Pass & Ticket Order Form (for pre-approved schools and non-profits)
- Eligible ID flash pass
Paying on Tempo
Unlike other AC Transit bus lines, Tempo riders pay at the station before boarding. Tempo Line 1T riders can pay with any valid AC Transit ticket or pass. Riders using Clipper can tag the reader at the station. Riders can also purchase paper tickets at the ticket vending machine with cash, debit or credit, or Apple Pay and Google Pay. Mobile payments are also accepted on Tempo. The cost to ride Tempo is the same as AC Transit local fares. Riders must carry proof of payment while onboard. Failure to show proof-of-payment may result in a citation. Learn more about Tempo Fares and Payment.