Passes

Using card for the Metro farebox.

Metro’s 30-day rolling passes are sold by zone, and provide you with unlimited rides on any local or express Metro route for that zone.

Plus, pass buyers are eligible for Metro's Guaranteed Ride Home program.

Instead of a monthly pass that is only valid during that calendar month, Metro’s 30-day rolling pass lets you choose when to start your 30-day pass period. For example, if you buy a 30-day rolling pass on March 5, it will be good until April 3.

No more standing in line the first of the month or worrying about using your pass during a month when you take vacation or don’t ride as often.

For information about Metro's new stored-value cards, for sale in amounts of $10, $20 and $30, check out the Fare Information page.

Here’s how a 30-day rolling pass works:

The first time you use your 30-day rolling pass, insert it in the slot on top of the farebox. The farebox will print that day’s date as the start date and the expiration date 30 days later.

After that first use, you can swipe your 30-day rolling pass through the card reader the same way you currently do and enjoy your ride.

When the 30 days are up, throw away the card and get a new one.

 Passes are now available at retail outlets and online.

Please order your passes early -- holidays may delay the delivery of online and over-the-phone passes.

 

Stored-Value Cards

Stored-Value Cards can be used like cash to pay all zone fares, buy transfers, pay discounted fares such as Fare Deal, children’s fares or UC or Cincinnati State fares, and even for multiple riders.

Stored-Value Cards are available in $10, $20, and $30 quantities.

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.

Metro stored value cards are now for sale at Metro’s sales office, 120 E. Fourth Street, Mercantile Building arcade downtown, weekdays 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Which card is right for you?

NOTE:  Additional zone fare will be charged for travel beyond your pass zone  

30-day Rolling Passes:

Zone 1 - $70
Unlimited travel for 30 days within Zone 1 (City of Cincinnati)

Zone 2 - $106
Unlimited travel for 30 days within Zone 2 (Hamilton County including
Rt. 23X; excludes Rt. 52X Harrison Express)

Harrison – $120
Unlimited travel for 30 days within Hamilton County (including Rt.
52X Harrison Express)

Zone 4 - $140
Unlimited travel for 30 days within Zone 4 (Butler County Rt. 42X)

Clermont Zone - $150
Unlimited travel for 30 days within Clermont County (Rts. 28, 29X, 82X)

Metro Zone 5 - $170
Unlimited travel for 30 days anywhere in the Metro system (Includes Warren County Rt. 71/71X)

Metro/TANK Pass - $105
Unlimited travel for 30 days within Zone 1 (City of Cincinnati) and all local TANK service

Stored-Value Cards - $10, $20 or $30
30-day rolling passes are priced for riding Metro twice a day for 20 days during that period. If you are going to ride more than that -- you save. If you plan to ride less frequently during a 30-day period, you may want to consider purchasing a stored-value card.

Stored-Value Cards are also helpful to have in your wallet in case you need to pay an extra fare.  For example: If you have a Zone 1 Pass but need to travel to Zone 2, you can swipe your Zone 1 Pass and then insert your Stored-Value Card to pay the additional 90 cents.  No need to carry change!

How to Buy

To purchase 30-day rolling passes with your check, money order, Visa or MasterCard, visit the Metro sales office or one of our convenient community outlets or order online.

Buy Metro passes 24 hours a day at Metro's new Ticket Vending Machine, located at 5th and Walnut Streets at Metro's Information Booth in Government Square. The machine accespts cash (exact amounts only) or credit cards.  Learn more

Metro sales office

Mercantile Center arcade
120 E. Fourth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Open weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Open first two days and last day of each month 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closed weekends and major holidays.

Free schedules and bus information are also available.

You can also purchase bus passes by phone or mail using your Visa or MasterCard, simply call Metro’s sales office at 513-632-7699.
Metro information
513-621-4455 (TDD 800-750-0750)
6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. weekdays        
Closed weekends and major holidays

Metro Pass and Transfer Policy

Metro’s 30-day rolling passes and transfers are sold for your convenience. Please keep the following tips in mind:

  • Passes and transfers are not transferable and may not be used by anyone other than the person who purchased the pass or transfer.*
  • No refunds or exchanges will be given.
  • Metro is not responsible for lost/stolen/damaged passes or transfers.
  • Misuse of your pass or transfer may result in confiscation.

Also, please be advised that any pass or transfer purchased from a non-authorized individual or reseller may not be valid. Purchase at your own risk.

* Cincinnati Municipal Code Sec. 406-75 and 406-77

Front and Back of the Pass

Metro's 30-day rolling pass indicates the Zone you purchase on the top of the card. This card is for Zone 1. The first time you use the card, the "First Use" date is printed on the card as well as the day it expires, 30 days from your first use.     

   

      

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