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Senior fares

The Customer Service Centre (CSC) located in the Rideau Centre is open.

All other CSCs remain closed until further notice.

Transit fares for Seniors 65+ effective Oct. 1, 2019
Presto* Cash
Every Wednesday and Sunday
On all routes except Para Transpo
No charge n/a
Single ride $2.65 $2.70
Monthly Pass $45.50 n/a
*Make sure your card is set for the Senior discount to benefit from any of these offers. 

No-charge Sundays and Wednesdays for seniors

Seniors 65+ can ride no charge on OC Transpo buses and the O-Train on Wednesdays and Sundays. 

This offer does not apply to Para Transpo. 

You may be asked for proof of age.

Seniors on the O-Train

Riding the O-Train on a Sunday or Wednesday

If you’re at an O-Train Station, you must use a Presto card set with the senior discount to go through the fare gates. Simply tap your card on the Presto reader to open the gate. No money will be charged to your card at a fare gate on a Sunday or Wednesday.

Buying a Presto card with a Senior discount

You can buy a card ($6.00) set with a Senior discount at:

If you buy your card at one of these locations, you can load it with as little or as much as you want. 

Anyone can buy a Presto card with an age-based discount. You can buy it for yourself or on behalf of an eligible person. You must qualify to use the card with a discounted fare. You also need to carry proof of your age when you ride.

Setting the Senior discount on an existing card

To have the your Presto card set with the Senior discount, please visit us in person at an OC Transpo Customer Service Centre (CSC):

  • Rideau Centre
  • Lincoln Fields
  • Place d’Orléans
  • St‑Laurent  

There is no fee to apply the discount on a pre-purchased card.

Riding the bus on a Sunday or Wednesday

If you take the bus on these days, do not tap onto the onboard readers. Just board by the front doors and the operator will let you through. You may be asked to show proof of your age.

On Wednesdays and Sundays:

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

Where to buy your fare

Locations Buy a card Load your card Set your Senior discount
OC Transpo Customer Service Centres
  • Rideau Centre
  • Lincoln Fields
  • Place d’Orléans
  • St‑Laurent

Hours 1-8-PRESTO-123


ServiceOttawa Client Service Centres

  • City Hall
  • Kanata
  • Ben Franklin

Ticket Machines

All O-Train stations



  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Loblaws
  • Real Canadian Superstore locations

Helpful links

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

Para Transpo fares