AC Transit offers many ways to pay for your ride as well as offering discount programs to make getting around even easier.
Youth, seniors and riders with disabilities can receive discount fares and passes to ride AC Transit. Discount fares can be purchased using cash on board buses with valid ID, with Clipper by applying for a discount Clipper card, through AC Transit’s mobile payment platform, and at the AC Transit Customer Service Center. Other discount programs are provided through Clipper and are available to riders who meet certain eligibility requirements. Read on to learn if you are eligible and how to purchase discount fares.
Riders aged 5-18 are eligible for Youth fares. When paying with cash the bus operator may ask for proof of age. The best way to pay is by applying for a Youth Clipper card.
Children under 5 ride free.
Riders aged 65 and older or riders who are disabled are eligible for Senior/Disabled fares. When paying with cash the bus operator may ask for proof of age, but will not ask you for proof of disability. The best way to pay is by applying for a Senior Clipper card or an RTC card for disabled riders.
Disabled/Senior Monthly Pass and Paratransit Ticket Order Form (Approved Vendors Only)
The Regional Transit Connection (RTC) Discount ID Card is available to persons with qualifying disabilities. You may use the card as proof of eligibility to receive discount fares on fixed-route, rail and ferry systems throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The RTC Program does not apply to Paratransit services. For more information, including processing locations, visit 511.org.
Clipper START offers eligible low income riders in the Bay Area 20 percent off of AC Transit Adult single ride cash fares. Riders who are admitted to the Clipper START program will receive their own personalized Clipper card in the mail to get their discounts. Learn if you are eligible and apply at clipperstartcard.com.
Student Transit Pass Program
The Student Transit Pass Program (STPP) provides free youth Clipper cards to eligible middle and high school students in Alameda County. Students can use these cards for unlimited free bus rides on AC Transit. Visit the Alameda CTC website to see if you are eligible to receive a pass and fill out an application.
EasyPass is an annual group transit benefit for 100 or more participants. This program is offered to employers, residential communities, and colleges or universities. Participation in this program provides access to unlimited bus rides all year long by paying a fee for everyone in your group. By sponsoring a large pool of participants, the individual costs are low, giving every participant access to unlimited bus service whenever they want. While EasyPass programs are invoiced annually, they cost as little as $5-$18 a month per participant depending on program, location and group size. Visit our EasyPass page to learn more.