Metrobus Fares

SmarTrip® Card

SmarTrip®The SmarTrip® card is a permanent, rechargeable farecard that is safe and easy to use. Buy SmarTrip® cards online, at any Metrorail station, or at many convenient locations.

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Exact change: Bus operators do not carry money. Please have your pass or exact fare ready when you board.

Regular Fares

  • $1.75 using a SmarTrip® card or cash
  • 85¢ using Senior SmarTrip® card or cash (with proper ID) for seniors and people with disabilities

Express Bus Fares

  • $4.00 using a SmarTrip® card or cash
  • $2.00 using a SmarTrip® card or cash for seniors and people with disabilities

Express Buses: J7, J9, P17, P19, W13, W19, 11Y, 17A, 17B, 17G, 17H, 17K, 17L, 17M, 18E, 18G, 18H, 18P, 29W

Airport Express Routes

  • $7 using a SmarTrip® card or cash
  • $3.50 for seniors and people with disabilities

Airport Express Buses: Metrobus 5A service to Dulles International Airport and Metrobus B30 service to Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

Metrobus Passes

Money-saving weekly passes are available for unlimited travel on Metrobus.

MARC, VRE and MTA Fare Media

Holders of Transit Link cards or weekly or monthly MARC and VRE passes ride free on regular Metrobus routes and pay a discounted fare of $2.25 on Metrobus express routes.

Children's Fares

Up to two children, four years and younger, ride free with each adult paying full fare. Children five and older pay adult fares. Special discounted student farecards and passes are available for District of Columbia residents.

Adult Tokens

Adult tokens are no longer sold to the general public at our sales outlets or local commuter stores. However, tokens are still accepted on Metrobus for the regular cash fare.

Reduced Fares for Senior Citizens and People with Disabilities

Senior citizens 65 and older, people with disabilities, and customers with a Medicare card and valid photo ID ride for half the regular fare. On Metrobus, use fare media specifically created for use by senior citizens age 65 and older and people with disabilities to pay the reduced fare. The senior citizens and people with disabilities fare products include SmarTrip® cards, $8.75 weekly bus pass, and a $10 farecard. You can also show a valid ID to the bus operator to pay the reduced Metrobus fare.

To participate in the reduced fare program, you must present one of the following forms of valid ID:

  • Metro Disability ID
  • Government-issued ID with photo
  • Medicare card and photo ID

For more information about purchasing a SmarTrip® card and buying passes, see Senior SmarTrip® card or Metro Disability ID information or call 202-637-7000 or TTY 202-638-3780.

Metro will issue visitors a one-time courtesy Metro Disability ID card good for up to one month. You must present a valid transportation ID card from another transit agency along with a valid government-issued photo ID. Bring them to our Metro Transit Accessibility Center located at 600 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC. Visitors 65 years of age or older may get the senior citizen discount by showing a photo ID card including date of birth and address.

Free orientations on how to use Metrobus and Metrorail services are available to senior citizens and people with disabilities by calling 202-962-1100 or TTY 202-962-2033.


Metro riders can take advantage of free bus-to-bus transfers within a two-hour time period and discounted transfers between rail and bus by using a SmarTrip® card.  

Metrobus to Metrobus: Bus-to-bus transfers with a SmarTrip® card are valid for free, unlimited Metrobus connections (including round trips) within a two-hour period.

Metrobus to Metrorail. Metrobus riders who transfer to the Metrorail system will receive a discount of 50¢ if they use a SmarTrip® card.

Metrorail to Metrobus: Metrorail riders who transfer to Metrobus will receive a discount of 50¢ if they use a SmarTrip® card.

Special Fares

DC Public School Fares

School fares in the District of Columbia are only for eligible students. Rail-to-bus transfers are free for eligible DC school students within the District of Columbia and at Silver Spring, Friendship Heights, Naylor Road, Southern Avenue, and Capitol Heights stations.

Metrobus Hours of Operation

Metrobus operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but service intervals vary by time of day and by weekday/weekend to best meet demand. Please consult Metrobus timetables for service details on specific routes.

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