Old paper bus tickets are no longer on sale

Coloured paper bus tickets are being replaced. If you already have old tickets, you can:

Use them on buses until April 30, 2018

Trade them in towards other fare products at an OC Transpo Customer Service Centre before Aug. 31, 2018

Bus tickets are not valid on the O-Train.

These easy ways to pay-per-ride offer same or better value than old bus tickets:

Presto logoe-Purse

  • Lowest fare
  • Load online, by phone, in person or at the fare gate

Get yours today

OC Transpo Customer Service Centre icon

OC Transpo Customer Service Centres

Rideau Centre, Lincoln Fields, Place d'Orléans, St-Laurent

Set your Senior or Child discount here

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prestocard.ca / 1-877-378-6123

Allow 7 to 10 business days for delivery of your card

City of Ottawa Client Service Centre Icon

City of Ottawa Client Service Centres

City Hall, Kanata, Ben Franklin

Ticket Machine Icon

Ticket machines at Carling, Carleton, Mooney’s Bay and Greenboro stations

Buy and load instantly!

New Presto cards cost $6.00


  • Low rates

Exact change only.

Pay on the bus.

Single-ride ticket from ticket machine

  • Same low rates as cash
  • Easy to use, accessible machines
  • Pay using debit, credit card or cash

Ticket machineTicket machines are found at Carling, Carleton, Confederation and Greenboro stations.

Ticket machines will also be found at all Confederation Line stations in 2018.

Monthly passes are the best value for frequent riders.

Single ride vouchers
For organizations that provide free transit tickets to clients

Groups who hand out bus tickets free of charge to their clients or employees can apply to buy single ride vouchers. Customers will be able to redeem vouchers (for a transfer on buses or for a ticket at the Voucher Exchange at an O-Train station) at any time until the printed expiry date on the bottom of the voucher. Single ride vouchers are not for public sale. To request more information or register your organization as a purchaser, please contact occommunityengagement@ottawa.ca.

Paying for transit with a single ride voucher

If you have received a single ride voucher, you can use it to pay for a trip one of two ways:

On the bus At an O-Train station (except Bayview)
  1. Drop it in the fare box as you would with bus tickets
  2. Wait for your transfer
  1. Scan your voucher at a Voucher Exchange
  2. Your ticket for immediate use will print; it expires at the indicated time
  3. Scan your ticket at the fare gate
  4. Throw away your used voucher – it is no longer valid

There is no Voucher Exchange machine or fare gates at Bayview Station. If you are starting your trip on the O-Train at Bayview, hold onto your voucher while you ride the O-Train. The voucher will be your proof of purchase in case of fare inspection.

Let OC Know

If you feel unsafe let OC Transpo know by calling Transecure or submitting an anonymous online report.

Let OC Know: Find out more

Courtesy and Respect

Transit is a shared space and everyone is entitled to a safe and harassment-free ride.

Proof of payment (POP) logo with a POP transfer

Be ready for fare inspection

Aboard double-deckers, articulated buses and the O-Train, and on the O-Train platform

Keep your PRESTO card, monthly pass, POP transfer ticket or DayPass at hand and be prepared to show it to fare inspectors on request.

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