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Fares & Passes

Dollar IconFares & Passes

Each fare includes a 2½ hour transfer, except a Downtown Zone fare. Some transfers require an additional fare such as transferring from a bus to Northstar. The fares shown below are for adults; see other fares

Fare Type Fare

Bus IconBus

The base fare is charged for local and limited-stop buses. Higher fares apply during rush hours.

$2.50 rush hours (?)

Express Bus IconExpress Bus

Express buses travel on freeways for at least four miles. On many express buses leaving downtown areas or the University of Minnesota campus, fares are collected as customers leave the bus.

$3.25 rush hours (?)

Light Rail IconLight Rail

Fares for rides on light rail are the same as for non-express buses.

$2.50 rush hours (?)

Northstar IconNorthstar Line

Northstar fares are determined by where you're boarding, whether you're traveling to/from downtown or between suburban stations and day of the week. There are no rush-hour fares for Northstar trains.

$3.25 to $6.25*

depending on station

Downtown Zone

Ride the bus or train for one low fare anytime in the Downtown Zone.


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You can buy Go-To Cards online, at 70+ retail locations or by mail. They offer these great benefits:

Go-To Card

 - Rechargeable; add value again and again.
 - Seamless travel between bus, METRO lines and Northstar. 
 - Your ride. Your pass. Use the pass that's best for how you ride.
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How to pay your fare

> On a bus
> On a train

Monday - Friday:
6 – 9 a.m. & 3 – 6:30 p.m.