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.
*Starting January 1, 2018, there will be a 50 cent surcharge per trip for paper tickets. Riders are encouraged to get a Clipper Card to avoid the surcharge.
BART is working to modify at least one ticket vending machine in each station to vend Clipper Cards. This work will be done by the end of 2017.
Discount Tickets and Smart Cards
Watch our quick video about the various discounts available to riders here.
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
To get a card immediately apply in person at a Clipper Customer Service Center. To get a Clipper discount card and receive the BART 62.5% discount for youth (age 5 to 12 years), submit your application by mail, email or fax.
*Starting January 1, 2018 the discounted youth fare will extended to age 18 and the discount will be 50%.
For more information visit Clipper Discounts.
|BART EZ Rider Card|
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|
A 6.25% discount in two denominations: a $48 ticket for $45; a $64 ticket for $60
|BART Green* Ticket|
A 62.5% discount for seniors 65 years and older: $24 ticket for only $9
|BART Orange Ticket|
A discount for middle and secondary school students. Special purchasing restrictions apply.
More about BART Orange >>
|BART Red* Ticket|
A 62.5% discount for persons with disabilities, Medicare cardholders and children 5-12 years old (starting January 1, 2018 the youth discount will extend to 18 years of age and will be 50%) : $24 ticket for $9
(The BART Plus ticket was discontinued Jan. 1, 2016.)
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.