Metro’s Fareboxes

More choices, more savings, more reasons to ride. Metro's fareboxes make easier and more convenient to go Metro.

For every ride, exact fare is required. No change or refunds can be given at this time.

Everything You Need to Know About Metro's Fareboxes

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Graph showing how to use the farebox.


Paying with coins


* Accepts all U.S. coins from pennies through dollar coins.
* Important: drop one coin at a time to prevent jams. The farebox will reject all other coins.
* NOTE: Effective June 30, 2013, tokens are no longer accepted in Metro Fareboxes. Token FAQs.

Paying with bills

Money in bills.

* Accepts $1, $2, $5 and $10 U.S. bills.
* Farebox will reject torn, worn, and extremely soiled U.S. bills and all non-U.S. currency.

Paying with passes

Metro pass cards.

* Swipe the rolling 30-day passes through the magnetic pass reader.
* Insert 10-ride tickets into the slot on top of the farebox every time you ride and your ride will be deducted.
* Starting on Aug. 1, stored-value cards will be available. Riders must tell the driver what they are paying for before they insert the cards into the slot on top of the farebox. Metro’s farebox will deduct fare from the stored-value card on each ride until all funds have been used.


Special program passes

Special program cards.

Swipe these passes through the magnetic pass reader as you currently do and show the pass to the bus operator. Any fare due will be displayed for you to see.

* Fare Deal card
* University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State passes
* Xtra Service passes issued by Cincinnati Public Schools

Using transfers

Transfer fare ticket.

Effective Dec. 4, 2011, all transfers will be issued and validated by Metro's new fareboxes.

* The transfer time period will start at the time you board the bus and pay your fare.
* For this reason, Metro is extending the transfer time period from the current 90 minutes to 120 minutes to allow adequate time for customers to make their connections.
* Transfers will still cost $.50 and you may still use transfers to ride any route in any direction within the time printed on the transfer, on up to two additional buses.
* Upon the second use or when the time is up, the farebox will mark the transfer as EXPIRED and it will no longer be valid.
* You must pay the full fare and the $0.50 transfer charge to receive a transfer.
* Other transfer policies and procedures remain in effect.

And a new way to buy your fare cards is coming soon: Metro will also add a new ticket vending machine at Government Square for convenient 24/7/365 sales of 30-day rolling month passes, stored-value cards and go*SMART cards.

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