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OC Transpo & STO

Fare options to ride on both networks

OC Transpo and the Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) work together to provide transit services across the National Capital Region. 

STO buses connect to Line 1 at Lyon, Parliament, and Rideau Stations. If you’re transferring at Parliament or Rideau, catch STO buses on Rideau Street or Wellington Street.

STO in downtown Ottawa

  • All passes and transfers are accepted on both transit networks
  • Pay-per-ride with fare prices and products (payment options) of the starting transit network
  • Easy route transfers between both transit networks
  • Support persons are welcome onboard both transit networks
Passes and transfers are accepted on OC Transpo and STO buses and on the O-Train

Pay with a pass

OC Transpo and the Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) accept one another’s passes:

  • Monthly pass
  • DayPass (for 1, 3, 5 or 7 days)
  • STO Annual pass
  • U-Pass

How to pay

At the fare gates

On the bus

Tap your card on the reader at the gate.A hand taps a Presto card at the fare gate

Tap your card on the reader near the door.Example of Presto and Multi card readers on buses

For Multi card and U-Passes, show the driver the photo on your card.

Pay-per-ride

To pay-per-ride, use the payment options available for the network on which you start your trip. You can then transfer to any route within either network until your transfer time runs out (90+ minutes).

If your return trip starts on the other network, you will need to use the payment options and fare rates for that network.

Per-ride on OC Transpo

OC Transpo accepts:

Paying with a Presto e-Purse

At the fare gates On the bus

Tap your card on the reader at the gate.A hand tapping a Presto card at the fare gate

Tap your card on the reader near the door.Presto card reader on a bus

Your e-transfer will be added to your card.

Paying with a single-ride ticket

At the fare gates On the bus

Ticket machineBuy your ticket from the Ticket Machine near the fare gates.

Scan your transfer at the gate barcode reader.

Show the driver your ticket as you board.

Hold onto your ticket. It is both your transfer and proof of payment.

Pay with cash

To pay using cash on the bus:Fare box

  • Deposit exact change in the fare box.
  • Wait for your transfer to print.

Use the Ticket Machine to pay with cash at the fare gate.

Transferring

Use your valid pass or transfer to connect between routes on either transit network.

Transfer type

At the fare gates

On the bus

e-transfer

Tap your card on the reader on the right side of the gate.A hand tapping a Presto card at a fare gate

Tap your card on the reader near the door.Presto and Multi card readers found on buses

Paper transfer

Scan your transfer at the gate barcode reader.
Barcode iconLook for this symbol on the reader!

Show the driver your transfer as you board. Make sure the time stamp is visible.

Pay-per-ride on STO

STO accepts:

Payment option

Instructions

E-wallet on Multi

  • Onboard Multi card readerTap your card on the reader as you board
  • Wait for the green light. This lets you know your payment was accepted.
  • Show the driver the photo side of your card

Occasional Multi

  • Onboard Multi card readerTap your card on the reader as you board
  • Wait for the green light. This lets you know your payment was accepted.

Bus ticket
Tickets are sold in sheets of six.

  • Drop one ticket in the fare box at the front of the bus near the driver

Cash

  • Drop the exact change in the fare box at the front of the bus near the driver

Payment methods NOT accepted by OC Transpo:

  • STO bus tickets
  • STO Student pass for "school days only"
  • You can’t use the STO Passe-Temps as a Family DayPass but you can use it as a DayPass for one person

Payment methods NOT accepted by STO:

  • Presto e-Purse (but you CAN use your e-Purse to start your journey aboard OC Transpo, then transfer to STO)
  • Travel Training card
  • You can only use the DayPass for one person on STO. You can’t use it as a Family DayPass.

Support Persons

Support persons ride free on both networks with a valid card:

  • OC Transpo Support Person Card
  • OC Transpo a-Card
  • STO Attendant card

On the bus, just show your card to the driver.
At the fare gates:

  • a-Card holders: Tap or scan your own fare. Then, tap your a-Card to open the gate for your Support person
  • STO Attendant Card holders: Use the video chat option on the ticket machine.