Tickets and Clipper

How to Use BART Tickets

Children 4 and under ride free but everyone else must have a ticket. BART tickets are like debit cards with stored value. All BART stations have automatic ticket vending machines that accept nickels, dimes, quarters and $1 coins, as well as $1 $5, $10 and $20 bills. You can also use credit and debit cards in select machines.

When you enter BART, insert your ticket into the fare gate 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. If your ticket has too little value, a sign on the fare gate will read "Underpaid: Go to Addfare." A nearby Addfare vending machine will tell you how much additional fare you must add to your ticket to exit the BART system.

To find the cost of a particular BART trip, use the BART Fare Calculator.

*2018 CHANGES:

Starting January 1, 2018, BART fares will increase by an inflation-based average 2.7%. There also will be 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.

Discount Tickets and Smart Cards

BART fares are set with a mileage-based formula, therefore time-based passes (e.g., weekly or monthly) are not available. You can't buy BART discount tickets from a vending machine at the station. BART discount tickets are only sold through the mail and at selected retail vendors throughout the Bay Area

Regional Clipper Card

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Clipper is a regional smart card that works on most Bay Area transit operators. It's managed by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Sign up for Clipper

Access Clipper Account

Clipper Customer Service 

To get a card immediately, apply in person at a Clipper Customer Service Center

To get a Clipper discount card and receive the BART 50% discount for youth (age 5 to 18 years) or 62.5% discount for seniors (age 65 and over) submit your application by mail, email or fax. 

For more information visit Clipper Discounts.


BART EZ Rider Card

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EZ Rider can only be used to pay for parking at the station. To Manage your EZ Rider account or switch to Clipper for parking, visit the EZ Rider website.


BART Blue High Value Ticket

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A 6.25% discount in two denominations: a $48 ride value ticket for $45; a $64 ride value ticket for $60


2018 CHANGES: Discount Tickets Pay Prorated Per Trip Surcharge.

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

BART Green* Ticket

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A 62.5% discount for seniors 65 years and older: $24 ride value ticket for only $9


BART Orange Ticket

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A discount for middle and secondary school students. Special purchasing restrictions apply.
More about BART Orange  >>


BART Red* Ticket

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A 62.5% discount for persons with disabilities, Medicare cardholders. Currently $24 ride value ticket for $9.

Red Ticket


(The BART Plus ticket was discontinued Jan. 1, 2016.)

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Starting January 1, 2018 the eligibility age for the discounted youth fare will be extended through age 18, and the discount will be 50%.

BART/Muni Adult "A" Fast Pass®

The "A" Fast Pass®, available on the Clipper® card, is valid for a calendar month and lets you take unlimited rides on SFMTA/Muni vehicles and BART from the Embarcadero station to Balboa Park station in San Francisco.  For more information on the "A" Fast Pass® on Clipper®, please visit Muni's website for more information.