How to pay
How to pay
Overview of payment types
How the different fare options compare
Occasional riders: same-day and per-ride travel options
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Frequent riders: monthly passes
If you use transit on a regular basis (20 days or more, or even less depending on pass type), a monthly pass will save you time and money.
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Bus tickets are being discontinued in 2017!
Please note: While a change in the type of ticket is required, no changes will occur without plenty of notice. In particular, we know that organizations that provide free transit tickets to clients will require a product that meets that need. We are currently finalizing what that product will be and how organizations will acquire it in a convenient manner. These changes are required to prepare for the launch of the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018 as the current ticket cannot be read by the machines that will open fare gates. OC Transpo will work with organizations to ensure a suitable replacement to the current ticket is available.
If you represent an organization that provides free tickets to your clients or if you would like to book an OC Transpo presentation about the discontinuation of paper products, please email email@example.com.
Tickets are on sale at more than 300 locations across the city
- 2017 tickets are light orange coloured and be sold starting Jan. 1, 2017. They will expire on June 30, 2018.
- 2016 tickets are lilac coloured and cost $1.65 each. They will expire on June 30, 2017.
- Some vendors only sell bus tickets in sheets of 6. Check with the vendor to find out if you can buy individual tickets.
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Ride using tickets
- If you use tickets to pay your fare, you need to board by the front doors.
- Once you have put your tickets in the fare box, wait for your POP transfer to dispend before making your way to your seat. Your transfer will serve as proof of payment and allow you to transfer to other routes until it expires.
- You can combine tickets with cash to pay your fare. Each ticket is then worth its face value.
You can’t use bus tickets to board the O-Train:
- You can buy an O-Train ticket from vending machine on the platform
- You can pay for a bus ride with tickets and then transfer to the O-Train
You can’t use OC Transpo bus tickets on STO routes
- You can pay for an OC Transpo bus ride with tickets and then transfer to an STO route
Paper passes are being discontinued this summer
ADULT paper passes are no longer available. July passes will only be available on Presto.
July is the last month for SENIORS and COMMUNITY paper passes. August passes will only be available on Presto.
- You need to have an OC Transpo photo ID card to accompany your pass
- On articulated (accordion) and double-decker buses, you can board by either the front or back doors
- If you lose your pass, call Lost & Found
- If you find a pass, drop it in a mailbox or hand it to a bus drive.
Validating your pass
- Cash is the most expensive payment option but it allows you to use transit without purchasing fare payment options in advance.
Ride using cash
- If you use cash to pay your fare, you need to board by the front doors.
- Make sure you have the exact amount on you – your driver cannot make change
- Once you have put your money in the fare box, wait for your POP transfer to dispend before making your way to your seat. Your transfer will serve as proof of payment and allow you to transfer to other routes until it expires.
- If you know you will be making three or more one-way trips on the same day, you can request a DayPass for $.
For only $, the DayPass lets you ride all day:
- On bus routes and the O-Train
- On all STO routes
How to get your DayPass
You can buy your DayPass either:
- Directly from your bus driver on the day you are traveling (using exact change or money from your Presto e-Purse)
- From the O-Train ticket vending machine (using exact change)
Statutory Holidays on which you can use the DayPass as a Family DayPass
You can only use the DayPass as a family pass on the holiday itself, even if the holiday falls on a weekend and is celebrated on another day.
The DayPass cannot be used as family fare aboard STO routes but it can be used to pay a single person’s fare.
If you pay with cash or tickets, don’t forget to get your POP transfer. If it isn’t dispensed automatically, ask the driver. Your transfer serves as proof of payment where it is required: on the O-Train, O-Train platform, articulated (accordion) buses and double deckers. The POP ticket lets you to transfer to another route until your transfer time runs out (see Conditions).
- To use your transfer to pay for your trip, board from the front door and show it your driver
- You can ride with a transfer in any direction until it expires
- In the day-time on weekdays and Saturdays, transfers expire 90 minutes after they are issued
- On evenings, Sundays and holidays, the validity period of transfers is 105 minutes