Senior Riders

Free fares for seniors on Wednesdays!

Seniors 65 and older ride free all day every Wednesday. This offer includes all bus routes and the O‑Train, but does not include Para Transpo. Please be prepared to show proof of age on request.

Get your own personalized trip plan with the Travel Planner. If you would like our help planning your trip, call us at 613-741-4390.

Comfort

All our vehicles are air-conditioned for summer comfort.

Buses and the O‑Train are fully accessible. For easier boarding:

  • O‑Train doors open at platform level
  • All buses can lower to the curb so that boarding is easier

If you have difficulty standing:

Tips

The best time to travel is weekdays during the mid-day.

The bus operator can help make your trip easier! You can ask the bus operator to:

  • Lower the bus, or extend the ramp for easier boarding
  • Make a "priority seating" announcement when the priority seats are full
  • Wait until you are seated before pulling away from the stop

Example of an announcement sign Buses and trains have an announcement system that calls out upcoming stops. Pay attention to the voice callout or text display to make sure you don’t miss your stop.

If you need assistance to travel, you can get a free Support Person card. This card will allow someone to ride with you at no charge when you pay your fare.

Fares

For the lowest fares, get a Presto card set with the Senior discount.

A discounted monthly pass is available for seniors 65+. The pass lets you ride all routes.

Seniors who pay-per-ride with cash or Presto will also save compared to adult fares. Seniors pay just $ with Presto or cash per trip.

Free Wednesdays for seniors

Transit is free on Wednesdays for seniors 65+. If you're using a fare gate, you will need to use a Presto card set with the senior discount. You may be asked for proof of age when you use a card with this discount.

On Wednesdays:
Tap at the fare gate. Don’t tap on the bus!

Tap your card at the fare gates
Don't tap your card on the bus

Getting a Presto card set for a Senior discount

Presto cards cost $ each.

  • You can buy a card and set it with your age at the following locations:
  • You can buy a regular Adult presto card at the following locations:
    • Online at prestocard.ca or by phone at 1‑8‑PRESTO‑123 (1‑877‑378‑6123)
      • It can take up to 7 days for your card to ship
    • At one of the Ticket Machines:
      • Found at O‑Train stations except Bayview
    • At the City Hall, Kanata or Ben Franklin ServiceOttawa Client Service Centre
    You then need to set your age at an OC Transpo CSC to get the discounted rate.

Transportation Options for seniors with a disability

Para Transpo

If you cannot safely use regular bus and train service, Para Transpo’s door-to-door service may be an option. Check your eligibility.

Information on Para Transpo service and registration

Taxi Coupons

Taxi Coupons allow Para Transpo customers to take discounted taxi service as an alternative to Para Transpo. Use Taxi Coupons at participating cab companies to save 40% off their regular fare.

Taxi Coupon program

Rural transportation options

If you are a senior with a physical disability living in rural Ottawa, you have many travel options:

  • Rural Community Support Services
  • Para Transpo
  • Taxi Coupon Program
  • Weekly Rural Shopper's Bus

More information on Rural transportation options

Other Community transportation options

Your local Community Support Service (CSS) agency can help arrange transportation to medical appointments, day programs and grocery stores.

Call 211 to get more information or to request the number of your local CSS.

Video describing CSS transportation

Built For Accessibility

Confederation Line trains and stations have been designed to ensure full access for all customers.

Built For Accessibility: Find out more

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