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Where and how to pay

How to pay your fare

Monthly passes

Monthly passes go on sale 14 days before the start of the month. A monthly pass is only valid during the calendar month for which it is purchased. Passes are open to Ontario residents only.

For discounted passes, you must set your discount before loading your pass. All discounts can be applied at our Customer Service Centres. You can set your age (Child, Youth or Senior) at participating Shoppers Drug Mart locations as well.

Cash fares

Cash lets you pay for your trip without buying your fare advance. It is the most expensive payment option. If you expect to make 3 or more one-way trips on the same day, opt for a DayPass instead.

Using cash on the bus:

Make sure you have the exact amount on you. The driver and fare box can’t make change.

  • Board by the front doors.
  • Deposit your money in the fare box.
  • Wait for your transfer to print before making your way to your seat.

To pay using cash an O-Train station, you will need to use a Ticket machine.

DayPass

The DayPass lets you ride on OC Transpo, Para Transpo and STO from the time of purchase until it expires. To ride, just tap your DayPass at the fare gate or show it to the operator as you board the bus.

Current DayPass prices

Price
1 day $10.50
3 days $25.75
5 days $41.25
7 days $49.00

A DayPass is valid for unlimited travel all day, for one person.

Family DayPass information

On weekends and specified holidays, use a one-day DayPass as a Family Pass!

Validity period

DayPasses are for immediate use only and expire at the time indicated:

Expiration from time of purchase
1-DayPass

The next morning at 3 am

3-DayPass

Three days later at 3 am

Example: If you buy a 3-DayPass on Monday, it will expire on Thursday morning

5-DayPass

Five days later at 3 am

Example: If you buy a 5-Day Pass on Monday, it will expire on Saturday morning

7-DayPass

Seven days later at 3 am

Example: If you buy a 7-Day Pass on Monday, it will expire the following Monday morning

Where to buy your DayPass

All DayPasses are available for sale at Ticket machines. You will find Ticket Machines at all O-Train Line 2 Stations except Bayview. They will also be in all Line 1 stations. Ticket Machines accept credit, debit or cash.

One-day DayPasses are also available on buses. Just ask your bus driver as you board.

A multi-day DayPass cannot be used as Family DayPass

Only the single-day DayPass can be used as a Family DayPass.

 

Family DayPass

Stick figure family boarding a busOn Saturdays, Sundays and select statutory holidays (see below), the whole family can ride all day on a single DayPass ($10.50)!

A family can be made up of as many as 6 people, with a maximum of two aged 13 or older.

Statutory Holidays on which you can use the DayPass as a Family DayPass

  • New Year’s Day
  • Family Day
  • Good Friday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • Civic Holiday
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • Boxing Day

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.

Where to buy

Presto

You can buy a Presto card, load a pass or money onto your card and check your card balance at many convenient locations.

If you qualify for a discount (such as EquiPass or Child fare), don’t forget to set your discount before you load your card!

OC Transpo sales locations
Available fares

Prestocard.ca

  • Order a Presto card
  • Load* your card

Read More about what you can do on prestocard.ca

Ticket Machine
Now at all O-Train Line 2 stations except Bayview

All Line 1 stations will have them too

  • Single-ride ticket
  • DayPass (for 1, 3, 5, 7 or days)
  • Family DayPass
  • Presto card purchase
  • Presto Card instant load*

Read More about Ticket Machines

OC Transpo Customer Service Centres (CSCs)

  • Presto card purchase
  • Presto card instant load*

Hours of operation

Rideau CSC 
  • All Presto products
  • a-card
  • Free Child ID card (to prove your age)

ServiceOttawa Client Service Centres
(City Hall, Kanata and Ben Franklin locations only)

  • Presto card purchase
  • Presto card instant load*

Hours of operation

Select Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws families of stores

  • Presto card purchase
  • Presto card instant load*

On the bus

  • Paper transfer
  • Presto e-Transfer
  • One-day DayPass
  • Family DayPass

*If you qualify for reduced fares, set your discount before loading your card.

Shoppers Drug Mart

The following Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Ottawa can sell and instantly load Presto cards.

Shoppers Drug Mart stores that sell Presto products
Location Address
Albert Street 111 Albert Street, Unit #110
Alta Vista 1559 Alta Vista Drive
Bank & Findlay 4744 Bank Street, Unit 1
Bank & Gladstone 455 Bank Street
Bank & Heron 1582 Bank Street
Bank & Laurier 174 Bank Street
Bank & Sunnyside 1080 Bank Street
Bank & Walkley 1180 Walkley Road
Bank Street & Hunt Club Road 2446 Bank Street
Barrhaven 3781 Strandherd Drive
Beacon Hill Shopping Centre 2339 Ogilvie Road
Bells Corners 1821 Robertson Road
Blackburn Shopping Centre 2638 Innes Road
Brittany Medical 595 Montreal Road
Carling Avenue 3080 Carling Avenue
Chapman Mills 3151 Strandherd Drive
Convent Glen Shopping Centre 6491 Jeanne d'Arc Blvd
Dalhousie & Clarence 298 Dalhousie Street
Eagleson & Stonehaven 680 Eagleson Road
Fairlawn Plaza 2148 Carling Avenue, Unit #1
Fallingbrook Centre 1675 Tenth Line Road
Greenbank & Bellman 181 Greenbank Road
Hazeldean & Huntmar 5709 Hazeldean Road
Hunt Club Centre 3310 McCarthy Road
Innes Road & Portobello Boulevard 1937 Portobello Boulevard
Meadowlands Drive 888 Meadowlands Drive E
Mer Bleue 3940 Innes Road
Merivale & Baseline 1469 Merivale Road
Merivale Mall 1642 Merivale Road
Mitch Owens & River 5230 Mitch Owens Road
Montreal & St. Laurent 541 Montreal Road
Montreal Road 150 Montreal Road
Montreal Road Pharmacy 876 Montreal Road
Morgan's Grant 1102 Klondike Road, RR #1
Place d'Orléans & St. Joseph 2954 St. Joseph Boulevard
Richmond & Carling 1460 Richmond Road
Rideau & King Edward 322 Rideau Street
Rideau Centre 50 Rideau Street
River & Earl Armstrong 647 Earl Armstrong Road
Rockland 2755 Laurier Street
Shoppers City East 2012 Ogilvie Road, Bldg A1
Signature Centre 499 Terry Fox Drive
Southgate 2515 Bank Street
St. Laurent Shopping Centre 1200 St. Laurent Boulevard
Stittsville 1300 Stittsville Main Street, Unit 101A
Tenth Line & Brian Coburn 2301 Tenth Line Road
The Glebe 702 Bank Street, Unit 700
The Glebe Apothecary 778 Bank Street
Van Leeuwen Centre 420 Hazeldean Road
Westboro 410 Richmond Road
Westgate Shopping Centre 1309 Carling Avenue

Loblaws stores

  • 2210C Bank Street
  • 1980 Baseline Road
  • 2085 Carling Avenue
  • 200 Earl Gray Drive
  • 3201 Greenbank Road
  • 64 Isabella Street
  • 100 McArthur Avenue
  • 1460 Merivale Road
  • 1980 Ogilvie Road
  • 363 Rideau Street
  • 2065A Robertson Road
  • 1910 St. Laurent Boulevard

Real Canadian Superstore locations

  • 760 Eagleson Road
  • 4270 Innes Road
  • 190 Richmond Road

Single-ride ticket and cash fare

Single ride tickets and transfers allow for unlimited travel or transfer from the time they are issued until they expire.

Ticket Machines
At all O-Trains stations except Bayview
Pay using:
  • Cash*
  • Credit card
  • Debit card

On the bus
Front boarding only

  • Exact change only
  • Wait for your transfer to print before heading to your seat

DayPass/Family DayPass

All DayPasses are available for sale at Ticket machines. You will find Ticket Machines at all O-Train Stations except Bayview. Ticket Machines accept credit, debit or cash.

One-day DayPasses are also available on buses. Just ask your bus driver as you board.

DayPass sales locations
Accepted payment methods
Ticket Machines
At all O-Trains stations except Bayview
  • Cash*
  • Credit card
  • Debit card

On the bus
Front boarding only

  • Cash
    • Exact change only
    • Wait for your DayPass to print before heading to your seat
  • Presto e-Purse

    • Ask your driver for a DayPass before you tap

*Ticket Machines cannot accept $100-bills.

Where to set a fare discount on a Presto card

Discount type

Locations

Child

All OC Transpo Customer Service Centres (CSCs):

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

Participating Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaws family of stores

Youth

Senior

EquiPass

CSCs only:

  • Lincoln Fields
  • Place d’Orléans
  • St-Laurent
  • Rideau Centre
Community

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