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Access Pass

About the Access pass

The Access pass offers full fare on OC Transpo bus and train services. On Para Transpo trips, the pass will let you save one-third of the single-ride fare. The Access pass is the same price as the Community pass. It can offer savings for Para Transpo customers who also ride OC Transpo bus and train service.

If you are a Para Transpo customer who never uses OC Transpo, you should not buy the Access Pass. The pass will not offer you any savings.

Access pass eligibility

In order take advantage of Access discount, you need to:

  1. Be a registered Para Transpo customer
  2. Live in Ottawa

Helpful tips for customers

The Access pass may be a good option if you:

  • Are a Para Transpo customer who uses a combination of OC Transpo and Para Transpo services
  • Only use OC Transpo bus and train services in a given month

Whether the Access pass offers savings depends on your travel choices each month.

Best value pass for you

Access pass Adult pass

You make:

  • Less than 32 trips per month on Para Transpo
  • 13 or more trips per month on OC Transpo

You make:

  • 34 or more trips per month on Para Transpo

You cannot buy an Access pass through ParaPay. Instead, purchase your Access pass on a Presto card. This will allow you to use your pass on OC Transpo buses and the O-Train. You will need to set your discount at an OC Transpo Customer Service Centre.

How to use Presto

Learn how to load money onto your Presto card, register your card, and use your card to ride transit.


Transit fares effective Oct. 1, 2019


Presto Access


Presto monthly Access Pass $43.25

In the rural zone, Access pass holders must pay a flat-rate of $9.50.

Getting your discount set up

  1. Fill in the appropriate pass application form:
  2. Bring your completed application to an OC Transpo Customer Service Centre along with the following documents:
    • Valid photo ID (for example, age of majority card, workplace or volunteer ID card, driver’s licence or passport)
    • Para Transpo registration number
    • PRESTO Card (if you have one) — You can buy a PRESTO card on-site for $6.00.

Access passes on Para Transpo

Required top-ups

Access Pass holders need to pay a top-up to ride Para Transpo:

Access pass per-ride top-up
Regular (urban) fare zone $2.40

Don’t let your discount expire!

To make sure you don't lose your discount, visit us at a Customer Service Centre before the expiration date to renew your Discount.