*All passes must be loaded onto a Compass Card. If you're purchasing a pass for the first time and do not already have a Compass Card, you will be charged an additional $2 fee for the Compass Card, which will be added to the price of your pass. More info
**Up to two children ages 5 and younger may ride free with each paying adult.
Exact fare is required on buses. Bus drivers cannot make change. There are no upgrades or free transfers to or from the Trolley or other buses. Most Trolley ticket vending machines can give up to $5 in change. Ticket vending machines at San Ysidro, America Plaza, Santa Fe Depot, and SDSU Trolley stations give up to $15 in change. All Trolley ticket machines accept $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills and credit/debit cards. $1 Susan B. Anthony and Sacajawea coins are also accepted.
One-way Trolley tickets, available for $2.50 from ticket vending machines, are good for travel for two hours from the time of purchase on any MTS Trolley. Transfers between Trolley lines are allowed to complete your one-way trip. Round trips and transfers between Trolley and bus are not allowed with a one-way ticket. Purchase your ticket before boarding the Trolley from the ticket vending machines at each station. If your trip involves more than one bus or the Trolley and a bus, consider purchasing a Day Pass which allows unlimited rides for the duration of the service day.
Regional Day Passes are $5 with a Compass Card ($7 without: $5 Day Pass plus $2 for reusable Compass Card) and available from ticket vending machines. Paper Day Passes are available for $7 from bus operators and may be traded in at The Transit Store for a Day Pass on Compass Card during the day for which the pass is valid. Day passes are good for unlimited rides on most MTS bus and Trolley routes (except Rapid Express, Rural, Access, and special services) as well as NCTD BREEZE and SPRINTER. The RegionPlus Day Pass is $12 and good for all services listed above as well as Rapid bus service and the COASTER. To purchase a RegionPlus Day Pass on a regular service (non-Rapid Express service) bus, you must tell the driver before you pay your fare that you want the $12 RegionPlus Day Pass.
Regional Monthly Passes
A Regional Monthly Pass is good for rides on MTS Shuttle, Local, Urban, and Express buses; all Trolley lines; and NCTD BREEZE and SPRINTER. A Regional Monthly Pass is also good for a $1 discount per zone on Rural routes. Regional Monthly Passes are not valid on ADA Complementary Paratransit Services.
Regional Youth Monthly Passes- $36 For ages 6 through 18. School or transit youth identification is required.
Regional Rapid Express Monthly Passes
A Regional Rapid Express Bus Monthly Pass is good for unlimited rides on MTS Shuttle, Local, Urban, Express, and Rapid Express buses, all Trolley lines, NCTD BREEZE and SPRINTER. A Regional Rapid Express Bus Monthly Pass is also good for a $1 discount per zone on Rural routes. Regional Monthly Passes are not valid on ADA Complementary Paratransit Services.
Regional Rapid Express Youth Monthly Passes - $50 For ages 6 through 18. School or transit youth identification is required.
For multiple trips on buses and Trolleys, buy a day pass good for unlimited use all day. There are no transfers with one-way fares.
Day Passes are good for unlimited rides on most MTS bus and Trolley routes (except Rapid Express, Rural, Access, and special services) as well as NCTD BREEZE and SPRINTER. Day passes are good for the day or dates designated on the pass.
A one-time additional $2 cost for the Compass Card is included with purchase at Albertsons, The Transit Store, or any Trolley ticket machine. Once you have a Compass Card, it can be reloaded at Albertsons, Trolley ticket machines, and The Transit Store. A 1-Day Pass on Compass Card can also be reloaded on most MTS buses. Empty adult Compass Cards can be purchased at The Transit Store or at Albertsons. Learn more.
Children five years old and younger with any paying passenger
*Up to two children may ride free with each paying adult.
For North County Transit District (NCTD) fares, please visit gonctd.com.
Please show your identification to the Bus driver when requested as you pay exact fare, or to the Trolley Code Compliance or Security Officer when requested. For details about IDs, please visit our page about Senior/Disabled/Medicare Recipient riders.
As of July 1, 2013, MTS no longer sells tokens. However, tokens are still accepted on MTS and NCTD BREEZE bus routes and at MTS Trolley station ticket machines.
• MTS Bus with a $2.25 or a $2.50 one-way fare
- Insert one token into the farebox for a one-way fare, or three tokens for a Day Pass (no change given)
• MTS Trolley with a $2.50 one-way fare
- Use one token to pay for a one-way ticket at the ticket machine
- Use three tokens to load a one-Day Pass on a new Compass Card at the ticket machine (no change given)
- Use two tokens to reload a Day Pass on your Compass Card at the ticket machine
• NCTD BREEZE Bus
- Insert one token into the farebox for a one-way fare, or two tokens for a Day Pass
Purchasing passes and tickets
Monthly Passesgo on sale on the 20th of the month and remain on sale until the 10th of the next month. Monthly passes are good for one calendar month, from the first to the last day of the month. See the prices for monthly passes in the chart above.
The Check Cashing Place and New Money Express locations no longer sell/reload Compass Cards. You may purchase or reload Compass Cards: