Classroom Day Passes

Teach your pre-school through high school students the value of public transportation while seeing some of San Diego's premier destinations!

Option 1: Classroom Pass at Discounted Rates (Group Pass, all students/chaperones travel together)

Fare Type

Price per Person

MTS and NCTD regularly scheduled routes (bus/Trolley/SPRINTER) $1.50
COASTER $3
Coronado/San Diego Bay Ferry $2 One-Way / $4 Round-Trip
(Rates increase for trips on or after June 1 to $3.50 One-Way / $7 Round-Trip)

Option 2: PRONTO Youth Opportunity Pass

MTS is participating in a pilot program until June 2023 that allows all riders 18 and under free rides with a Youth PRONTO card or app. PRONTO is the fare system for MTS and NCTD. The Youth PRONTO card or app does not work Ferry Trips. Students who have a Youth PRONTO card or app can ride for free and teachers will not need to purchase extra passes for these eligible students as part of the Classroom Day Pass program to ride MTS/NCTD services. Teachers will still need to purchase passes for chaperones (unless they already have a valid PRONTO Adult fare) and students who do not have the card or app. More information on how students can obtain the Youth PRONTO card or app can be found on the Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program webpage. This can be a good option for parents to obtain free transit passes for their children for the field trip and beyond!

Policies and Guidelines

  • The day pass rate is only available for groups of 12 or more students.
  • We require one chaperone per five students. Chaperones must be at least 19 years old. 
  • Reservations must be made at least 10 business days in advance. Trips with NCTD or in May and June may require more advanced notice.
  • Larger groups may placed on more than one bus or Trolley. The COASTER and the Ferry can only accommodate groups up to 135. Some NCTD routes cannot accommodate large groups.
  • Trips on NCTD modes during peak commuter hours are subject to denial. 
  • Seating is first-come, first-served. You may be required to stand for part or all of your trip. 
  • Program is designed for teachers and students up to age 18 (pre-school to high school).
  • At time of trip request, it must be specified how many students total will travel, and how many of them will travel with their own Youth PRONTO card (and therefore not be charged the fare other than Ferry)

How to Order Passes

You can order passes by submitting the online form (below), mailing or faxing in a printed form, or calling. Calls are returned M-F, 8am-5pm. 

619.233.9558
619.696.3961 (Fax)

Once your trip has been confirmed by our Day Pass Coordinator, you can mail your payment to: 

MTS Day Pass Coordinator
1255 Imperial Ave Suite 100A
San Diego, CA 92101

Payment must be via check, cashier's check, or money order payable to MTS. 

Receiving Passes

We can send your passes via certified mail (order must be received at least 14 days before trip) or you can pick them up in person at one of the below locations. Passes not picked up at least two days before your trip date are subject to cancellation. 

MTS
1255 Imperial Ave Suite 100A
San Diego, CA 92101
(M-F, 8am-4:30pm)
619.238.0100

Escondido Transit Store
Customer Service
700 West Valley Parkway, Escondido
(M-F, 8am-5pm)
760.966.6500

The Oceanside Transit Store
205 S. Tremont St., Oceanside
(M-F, 8am-5pm)
760.966.6500  

Changes and Cancellations

All cancellations must be received 48 hours in advance for rescheduling. To receive credit for a future trip, passes must be returned to our office at least one day before the trip date. There are no refunds on Classroom Day Passes. 

Passes for canceled trips should be hand-delivered to:

MTS Day Pass Coordinator
1255 Imperial Ave Suite 100A
San Diego, CA 92101

or

North County Transit District
810 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92054

 

Classroom Day Pass Contact Form

Contact type
Question or Comment
Order Form
Trip Details
Mode of Transportation
12 passenger minimum - please use a number (eg. 15, 25, etc.)
Add Another Trip
Trip Details
Mode of Transportation
12 passenger minimum - please use a number (eg. 15, 25, etc.)
Add Another Trip
Trip Details
Mode of Transportation
12 passenger minimum - please use a number (eg. 15, 25, etc.)