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.

BART is working to move toward a Clipper-only fare payment system because the region has prioritized the use of Clipper as 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.

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.

Roll Out of Clipper Only Sales at Stations

In June of 2020, BART began systemwide implementation of Clipper-only sales. Find answers to frequently asked questions here.

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

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. 

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.

Discount Tickets and Clipper

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 tickets and Clipper cards and therefore are not available at station vending machines.  

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. 

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

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.

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.

See Clipper Discounts for more information.

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.  Or there are there are multiple locations across the Bay Area where you can apply and immediately recieve a Youth or Senior Card.  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.

 

 

Clipper

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

Clipper

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 (www.clippercard.com) 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

Clipper

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

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.