Clipper and Tickets

Paying Your Fare

Children 4 and under ride free but everyone else must have a Clipper card or BART paper ticket (no longer sold at stations) with funds loaded. Proof of payment is required. To find the cost of a particular BART trip, use the BART Fare Calculator.

Vending machines accept all U.S. coins and dollar bills (excluding $50 and $100 bills). Select machines accept credit and debit cards. Some purchasing limits apply as outlined on our sales page.

Clipper-Only Sales at Stations

Clipper is the Bay Area’s all-in-one transit card administered by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Clipper is reusable, reloadable, and regionally accepted on other transit systems. Clipper also offers discounts compared to using cash or paper tickets on transit systems in the region.

In December 2020, BART completed the transition of machines at all stations to offer Clipper as the only fare product available for purchase. There is a one-time $3 fee to purchase a Clipper card from a BART station vending machine. Find answers to frequently asked questions about going Clipper-only here.

While paper tickets will no longer be available for purchase at stations, riders are still able to use the paper tickets they already have to enter and exit through fare gates.  Riders are also able to add enough fare to a paper ticket to exit the station using add fare machines located inside the paid area. 

Paper Ticket Surcharge

There is a 50 cent surcharge per trip for Blue tickets. The surcharge will be prorated for discount paper ticket users so that seniors and people with disabilities pay a 19 cent surcharge and youth pay a 25 cent surcharge. Riders are encouraged to get a Clipper Card to avoid the surcharge.

Excursion Fare

The excursion fare set on January 1, 2020 is $6.20 for Clipper and $6.70 for paper tickets. It is charged for those who enter a station, ride a train, and then exit the same station. If you enter a station and change your mind, see a station agent before exiting to avoid the excursion fare. 

How to Use Clipper/Paper Tickets

If you are using a Clipper card: When you get to the fare gate, you simply need to “tag and go” to pay for your ride. The correct fare will be automatically deducted.

If you are using a BART paper ticket: When you get to the fare gate, insert your ticket and it will be returned to you. Use the same ticket when you exit. The correct fare will be automatically deducted and tickets with remaining value will be returned. 

Exiting the Station

If you ride BART but lack enough stored fare to exit the station, the fare gate will read “UNDERPAID: GO TO ADDFARE.”  Addfare machines are located inside the paid area.  Some stations have machines that are cash only, while other stations offer add value machines that accept credit cards. If you don’t have enough cash to add the minimum balance to exit the station, please speak with the Station Agent for access to the free area to add value.  BART is working to install Add Value machines that accept credit cards at all stations systemwide.

Clipper Discounts

BART fares are set with a mileage-based formula, therefore time-based passes (e.g., weekly or monthly) are not available.

Proof of eligibility is required for discount Clipper cards and tickets and therefore are not available at station vending machines.

Both discount and regular Clipper cards can be ordered and managed online.

Sign up for Clipper
Access Clipper Account
Clipper Customer Service 

Youth & Senior Discount

Youth 5-18 years old get 50% off with a youth Clipper card. Seniors age 65 and over get 62.5% off with a Senior Clipper card.

Youth and Senior Clipper cards can be obtained by mail or there are multiple locations across the Bay Area where you can apply and immediately recieve a Youth or Senior card. Applicants will need to bring documentation verifying age eligibility (for example: driver’s license, photo ID card or birth certificate). 

Means-Based Discount 

In July 2020, BART began participating in the new Clipper START means-based fare pilot program, which is administered by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The program gives qualifying adult riders a 20% discount on BART trips. Learn more about Clipper START and how to apply here.

The RTC Clipper card is a version of Clipper created for passengers under 65 with qualifying disabilities to provide reduced fares. The RTC Clipper card is a photo identification card. You must apply for an RTC Clipper card in person at a participating transit agency.

High-value Discount (HVD)

For single rides, adult Clipper cards get a 6.25% discount on cash value rides by buying $48 worth of value for $45 or $64 worth of value for $60. HVD applies only to BART rides. You can only purchase an HVD ticket online by setting up Autoload or through a transit benefit program.

Airport Group Discount 

BART is doing a test of mobile ticketing until further notice with the BART to Airport app. It offers discounted mobile tickets up to 25% for group airport travel. Learn more about how it works and download the app.

BART/Muni Adult "A" Fast Pass®

The "A" Fast Pass is available on the Clipper card and is valid for a calendar month and lets you take unlimited rides on SFMTA/Muni vehicles and BART between the Embarcadero station to Balboa Park station in San Francisco. BART trips outside Embarcadero station to Balboa Park station in San Francisco are charged full fare.

Group Sales

Visit our Ticket Sales page for information about purchasing Group Tickets or School Sponsored Field Trip tickets.

Need help?

BART Customer Service is available to help riders with inquiries over the phone at (510)464-7133 or in person at Lake Merritt Station (concourse level).