Local Fares and Passes
Fares for travel within Marin County on Marin Transit and Golden Gate Transit services. Passengers can pay regional fares on Marin Transit services.
*For discount you may show a DMV Disabled Placard ID, RTC Discount Card, Medicare Card, or ID card for persons with disabilities from another transit service. Personal service assistants are eligible for 50% off the adult cash fare only when accompanying a person with disabilities who has an attendant logo on his/her RTC Discount Card.
Paying Your Fare
Pay your cash fare as you board the bus by inserting cash or coins in the farebox. The farebox will not accept bills over $20. Bills should be flat and unfolded. Drop coins one at a time. Be sure to advise the driver if you need a transfer.
If your change exceeds $1, you will be issued a change card that can be used on future bus rides. The value of the change card will be printed on the back.
Insert your change card in the activation slot on the top left of the farebox. The farebox will deduct the appropriate fare and the remaining balance will be printed on the back of the card. If the remaining balance on your card is less than your appropriate fare, you can use up to three cards (insert the lowest balance card first) or combine the card(s) with cash to pay your fare.
Day passes provide unlimited travel on local Marin Transit routes for a 1-day period and can be purchased onboard the bus. Tell the driver that you'd like to purchase a Day Pass and if you qualify for a discount. Insert exact fare ($5 for adults, $2.50 for youth/senior/disabled) into the farebox using the dollar bill and coin slot. The farebox will eject a magnetic striped card, which you will need to swipe on any additional buses you ride that day. Passes are then swiped or dipped into the farebox upon boarding each bus.
Weekly and monthly passes
Weekly and monthly passes are activated at first use and are good for 7 and 31 days, respectively. To activate your pass, dip your pass in the activation slot on the top left of the farebox. For all following trips during the pass validity period, swipe your pass by sliding it through the diagonal slot located at the top right of the farebox with the magnetic stripe facing you.
Using your Clipper card? Learn more.
Your cash fare gives you up to three free transfers on all Marin Transit and Golden Gate Transit buses within Marin County for two hours.
Advise the driver of your destination when boarding the bus and, if you need a transfer to continue your trip, be sure to ask for one when paying your fare. If you are using Clipper, you do not need to obtain a transfer, as transfers are automatically tracked on your card.
Transfers have the following restrictions:
- Travel must be in the same direction within three hours from time of issuance or otherwise indicated on the transfer
- Transfers are issued by bus operator only at time fare is paid. Advise driver or agent of your destination and intention to transfer when boarding
- Transfers cannot be used to make a round trip
- A transfer can be used only by the person to whom it is issued
Where to Buy Passes
Day passes can be purchased through the farebox on the bus.
Weekly and monthly passes can be purchased:
- Online: Online Store
- By phone: 511 (say "Marin Transit", then "Operator")
- In person: San Rafael Transit Center, Customer Service Center, 890 Tamalpais Ave, San Rafael