How to Ride

This guide shows you how to ride the bus in 5 easy steps.

1. Planning Your Trip
2. Boarding the Bus
3. Paying Your Fare
4. Taking a Seat
5. Arriving at Your Destination

Cómo Viajar en SamTrans (en Español)

SamTrans Mobile App
SamTrans Mobile, the official ticketing app from SamTrans, lets you buy tickets and plan trips on SamTrans and other Bay Area public transit systems (must purchase tickets separately for other systems). Just download the free app, register your debit/credit card in our secure system, and we’ll get you where you need to go.

Other Things to Know
Many SamTrans buses feature the latest safety and comfort advances in public transportation. All SamTrans buses are equipped with security cameras. Major intersections and transfer locations are automatically announced. The green SamTrans passenger shelters have solar-powered lighting.

Key Destinations
SamTrans is your ticket to work, malls, libraries, appointments and fun destinations. SamTrans makes daily trips from Palo Alto to downtown San Francisco and connects you to hundreds of other places throughout San Mateo County, including Caltrain and BART.

Check out our Key Destinations site for a list of key locations served by SamTrans.

Real Time
SamTrans predictive departure time equipment installed at key transit centers displays when the next bus is coming.

Trip Planners
Use one of three available Trip Planners to find your way.