Fare Types

SamTrans offers a variety of fare products for youth, seniors, customers with disabilities and adult customers.

Monthly Pass
Monthly passes are valid for unlimited rides, seven days a week during the month for which they are issued. Passes are valid for any route which has the same ride value or less as shown on the pass. The ride value of any pass may be applied to any route with a higher ride value by paying the difference in electronic cash from the Clipper card.  Load Monthly passes on Clipper cards at Clipper retail outletsonline or at the SamTrans headquarters in San Carlos.

All Senior and Youth riders are required to complete an application to receive their Clipper card. 

Local Eligible Discount Pass ($27) - For use by senior, disabled and Medicare cardholder customers on any Local or Express route at any time. Bus operator may ask for proof of age, disability or to see Medicare card.

Local Youth Pass ($27) - For use by youth customers age 18 years and younger on any Local or Express route at any time. Bus operator may ask for proof of age.

Local Pass ($65.60) - For use by adult customers on any Local route at any time.

Day Pass
Day passes allow SamTrans customers to ride Local routes all day using just one pass - an attractive choice for customers who ride more than one bus during the day.  Day passes are available for Youth, Eligible Discount and Adult customers and are valid on all fixed-route buses until the end of the service day (2 a.m.) and carry a local-ride value.  The ride value may be applied to any route with a higher ride value by paying the difference in cash.

Day passes are purchased onboard the bus, directly from the farebox.  Customers should let the bus operator know they would like to purchase a Day Pass before inserting payment.  Customers may use cash purchase.  The farebox then will issue a magnetic Day Pass that customers will “swipe” at the farebox on future rides that day.

Day Pass Prices

• Eligible Discount: $2.00
• Youth $2.00
• Adult (local) $4.50

Eligible Discount, Youth and Adult tickets
Eligible Discount, Youth and Adult ticket packages are available at SamTrans headquarters in San Carlos, at most Safeway stores in San Mateo County and at the Safeway stores at 4950 Mission St. and 3350 Mission St. in San Francisco, and other SamTrans sales outlets.  The tickets may be used on all regular SamTrans bus routes and carry a local-ride value.  Multiple tickets can be combined for higher-value routes, however, a reimbursement will not be issued.  The tickets may not be used to purchase Day passes and don't expire.

Ticket Package Prices (10 Local-ride tickets per package)

Eligible Discount - $11.00
Youth - $11.00
Adult - $22.50

Clipper® START for Qualified Riders

The Clipper® START program offers a 50% fare discount for adult low-income SamTrans riders. To learn more and apply for the discount, visit the Clipper® START website.

Colma Park and Ride Monthly Parking Permit
SamTrans offers a Monthly Parking Permit for its Colma Park and Ride customers.  Click here for information.

Interagency Transfers
Certain Bay Area transit passes are accepted on SamTrans fixed-route service as a local-fare credit.  Click here to see the list of participating transit agencies.

Change Cards
Change cards will no longer be issued after April 1, 2020. 

Group Travel
Travel together for field trips or with friends. Click here for information.

Way2Go Annual Pass Program
The SamTrans Way2Go program allows companies, residential complexes and educational institutions to purchase annual unlimited-ride passes for all eligible employees, residents and students. Click here for information.


Refund Policy:  There are no refunds, exchanges or replacements on SamTrans tickets. However, if your magnetic ticket stops working, please fill out the Request for Replacement Form. Replacements may not be granted for tickets that cannot be verified due to the ticket being damaged, torn or bent.


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