One-way fares*

* No transfers between bus routes or between Trolleys and buses
* Senior/Disabled/Medicare fares require valid identification
* Up to two children age 5 and under may ride free with a paying passenger on all MTS and NCTD routes
* Exact fare is required on buses
* One-way Trolley tickets are good for 2 hours from time of purchase

  Adult Senior/ Disabled/ Medicare
MTS Trolley $2.50 $1.25
MTS Bus $2.25 $1.10
MTS Rapid
(Route 215)
$2.25 $1.10
MTS Rapid
(Routes 235, 237)
$2.50 $1.25
MTS Express
(Routes 20, 50, 60, 110, 150, 870, 950)
$2.50 $1.25
MTS Rapid Express/Premium
(Routes 280, 290)
$5 $2.50
MTS Rural
(Routes 888, 891, 892, 894)
  • 1 zone: $5
  • 2 zones: $10
  • 1 zone: $2.50
  • 2 zones: $5
MTS Sorrento Valley COASTER Connection
(Routes 972, 973, 978, 979)
Free Free
MTS Access
(ADA Paratransit)
$4.50

Pass prices

All MTS and most NCTD passes are on Compass Card. There is a $2 fee for a Compass Card, which can be reloaded and will last up to five years. Compass Cards are available at The Transit Store, NCTD customer service locations, third-party retail outlets, and ticket vending machines (with pass purchase). View all purchase locations. 

Pass Type
  Regional Rapid Express / Premium COASTER
Valid On
 
MTS Trolley
MTS Bus/Express
MTS Rapid
NCTD Breeze
NCTD Sprinter
Regional Pass Plus:
MTS Rapid Express
NCTD FLEX
Regional Pass Plus:
MTS Rapid Express
NCTD FLEX
NCTD COASTER
1-day $5 $12 RegionPlus $12 RegionPlus
2-day** $9
3-day** $12
4-day** $15
14-day** $43 $60
30-day or Monthly**      
  Adult $72 $100
  • 1 zone: $120
  • 2 zones: $150
  • 3 zones: $165

Senior
Disabled
Medicare

$18 $25 $41.25
  Youth (18 & under) $36 $50 $82.50

**Multi-day passes are valid for consecutive days. 30-Day passes are valid for 30 consecutive days, starting on the day of purchase. Monthly passes are valid for a full calendar month (e.g. January 1-31, February 1-28).

Fare Promotions

Family Weekends: On Saturdays and Sundays up to two children (age 12 and under) may ride free with a fare-paying adult (age 18 or older) on all MTS routes.

Holiday Friends Ride Free: On New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day, a friend may ride free with a fare-paying customer on all MTS routes.

Paying for Your Fare

Bus fareboxes and Trolley Ticket Vending Machines accept:

  • Coins 
    • Pennies (bus only), Nickels, Dimes, Quarters, Half-dollars, Dollar Coins (all except Eisenhower Dollars)
  • Bills
    • $1, $2, $5, $10, $20
  • Credit/Debit is accepted at Trolley Ticket Vending Machines ONLY

No change is available on Buses. Trolley Ticket Vending Machines can distribute a maximum of $5 in change.