Tickets and Clipper

Paying Your Fare

Children 4 and under ride free but everyone else must have a valid BART ticket or Clipper card.  Proof of payment is required.

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

Most BART stations have Clipper vending machines and ticket vending machines which accept all U.S. coins and dollar bills (excluding $50 and $100 bills). Select machines accept credit and debit cards. Some purchasing limits apply.

In Summer of 2019, BART started a pilot program that expanded the number of stations where the only fare product available for purchase is the Clipper card. Stations without ticket vending machines include Embarcadero, Powell Street, 19th Street, Downtown Berkeley, Pittsburg Center and Antioch. Find answers to frequently asked questions here.

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.

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. See Clipper Discounts for more information.

BART is doing a one year test of mobile ticketing (through 12/2/19) 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.

How to Use Clipper

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.

How to Use Tickets

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. 

If you enter and exit at the same station you will be charged an excursion fare. If you enter a station and change your mind, see an agent before exiting to avoid the excursion fare.

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 and are cash only. 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.

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 in person 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, purchase one at Clipper vending machines in BART stations. Some purchasing limits apply. Or 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 to receive the card via mail. You will need to bring documentation verifying age eligibility (for example: driver’s license, photo ID card or birth certificate). 

For more information visit Clipper Discounts.

There is a $3 fee when you purchase the card but it is reusable and long lasting.

The regional Clipper card is the easiest fare payment option because it has autoload and balance protection features when the card is registered.

Using Clipper at BART is also cheaper because you don’t need to pay a paper ticket surcharge.




BART Blue High Value Ticket for Frequent Riders

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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


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 for Seniors 

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


BART Red Ticket for Persons with Disabilities and Ages 5-18

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

Also a 50% discount for eligible youth ages 5 to 18. $24 ride value ticket for $12. 

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.

Group Sales

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