Paying for your ride
There are no fareboxes on trains. You must pay for your ride before boarding the train. Police officers will randomly ask to see proof of fare payment on trains and stations. Have your proof of payment ready. There is a $180 fine for riding trains or buses without paying.
Note that rail station platforms are paid fare zones, reserved for those who are purchasing tickets or for ticketed customers who are waiting for or getting off trains.
Use cash or a credit card to buy a ticket from the ticket machine on the station platform or validate your Go-To Card or Pass at the card reader on the platform.
> Learn how to use a Go-To Card or pass
Fares for light rail are the same as local bus fares ($2.25 during rush hours, $1.75 at all other times). No express charges apply. Seniors, youth, Medicare card holders and people with disabilities qualify for reduced fares during non-rush hours.
Rush-hour fares apply Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 6 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 6:30 p.m.
Fares are determined by the day of the week and distance traveled; there are no rush-hour fares on Northstar trains.
Metropass, U-Passes, College Passes and Student Passes are valid for $3 toward your Northstar fare. The rest of the fare can be paid using stored value from your pass. Add value to your pass here.
Taking the train to a game or event?
> Ride easy with an Event 6-Hour Pass (valid on buses and light rail)
> Save BIG with a Northstar Roundtrip Family Pass
> How to use a ticket machine
> How to pay for a group with stored value on a Go-To Card or pass