Single Rides & Transfers

Category Current Effective 1/1/17
Regular Adult (Farebox/Limited-Use Ticket) $2.25 $2.50
Regular Adult (Clipper® or MuniMobile) $2.25 $2.25

Youth, Senior, People with Disabilities and Medicare (Farebox/Limited-Use Ticket)


Youth, Senior, People with Disabilities and Medicare (Clipper or MuniMobile) $1.00 $1.00
Child 4 and under free free

A single ride fare on Muni is good for 90 minutes of travel, whether it be on a single route or a trip with multiple transfers across buses and light rail.

For information about discount fares, see Youth/Senior/People with Disabilities Discounts.

Visitors may be interested in our 1, 3 and 7 Day Visitor Passes.

Residents may find Monthly Passes more cost-effective.

Upcoming fare changes

Paying With Clipper®

You can load cash onto your Clipper card to pay for single rides. When you tap your Clipper card to the reader as you board a 90-minute transfer will be stored to your card. You must tap your card each time you board a vehicle.

Paying With Cash/Coins

Bring Exact Change

Change is not provided on bus or light rail vehicles. Stop ahead of time and pick up change along the way or load cash onto your Clipper card to avoid the hassle. Customers paying cash at Muni Metro light rail stations must purchase a Limited Use Ticket from a Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) located outside of the faregates. Cash or credit/debit cards are accepted at these machines. Tap the ticket to the faregate reader for access.

Carry Your Fare Receipt ("Transfer") At All Times

When riding the bus, the driver will hand you a fare receipt (often referred to as a "transfer"). Keep this with you at all times, regardless of whether you plan to transfer to another route or not. If the driver does not hand you a receipt, remember to ask for one. Riding Muni without proof of payment can result in receiving a citation and heavy fine, so keep your receipt! This receipt must also be shown to a station agent when transferring to light rail in a Muni Metro station for faregate access. A Limited Use Ticket purchased from a TVM electronically records the transfer time.

Keep Track of the Time

Always keep track of the time on your receipt or ticket to be sure it's still valid. You must complete your trip within 90 minutes. Once your transfer expires, you must pay for another single ride fare.

Late night transfers issued by drivers on surface vehicles after 8:30 pm are valid until 5:00 am. Late night transfers are not available in the Muni Metro Subway system or on fares paid with a Clipper card or Limited Use Muni Ticket. In these cases, the 90-minute transfer rule applies.

School Single-Ride Ticket Booklets

School Single-Ride Tickets are sold in a booklet of 15 for $11.25 ($15 effective July 1, 2016), for the convenience of schools and youth groups. The tickets are not valid for use on cable car service. There are no discounts available. They are sold at the SFMTA Customer Service Center.


Tokens are only available to non-profit/government organizations for client services. If you have tokens previously purchased, they are still valid for travel. No surcharge is required.  Customers paying with tokens at Muni Metro light rail stations must purchase a Limited Use Ticket from a Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) located outside of the faregates. Tokens are accepted at the Ticket Vending Machine (TVM).  Tap the ticket to the faregate reader for access.

Contact for more information on how to purchase tokens. 

inter-agency transfers

Transferring to and from Other Transit Agencies

The SFMTA provides a fifty-cent discount off an adult single ride for customers transferring to Muni from the following agencies when using a Clipper card (does not apply to Cable Car service).  Some agencies also provide a reciprocal single ride discount for Muni customers transferring to their service. Please visit their websites or 511 for more information on their fare rules and discounts.

EFFECTIVE January 1, 2016 this Clipper transfer discount will be extended to SamTrans and Caltrain customers. The discount on Caltrain will only apply when using cash value, an 8 ride Ticket or a Monthly Pass with a Zone 1 origin or destination. You must tag on and off Caltrain (even if you have a monthly pass) to receive the discount. In conjunction with this change, the existing Caltrain + Muni Monthly Pass will be eliminated.

Transferring from the Daly City BART station to Muni

You are eligible for two free rides on the 14R, 28, 54 and 57 Muni routes when transferring from the Daly City BART Station and paying your fare using Clipper. The first trip must be taken within 23 hours after exiting BART and the second within 24 hours after exiting BART for the free fares to apply. The free fares are stored automatically when you tap your Clipper card upon exit at the Daly City station. You must also tap your Clipper card upon boarding Muni for proof of payment.