Metrobus (Washington, D.C.) - Fares - Transfers and Passes

Transfers and Passes

All Metrobuses have SmarTrip card readers which automatically deduct the correct fare from a rider's SmarTrip card (including transfer credit). Formerly, Metrobus issued paper transfers which gave the rider free transfers to any regular bus for two hours. Beginning January 4, 2009, when a rider uses a SmarTrip card they will automatically receive rail-to-bus transfer credit, and bus-to-bus free transfer time for regular buses is increased to three hours. Express routes have different requirements. This section discusses the transfer policy to and from Metrobus and other regional bus operators. The routes can be Metrobus routes or routes of other regional operators. Note that as of January 4, 2009, transfer credit is issued on a SmarTrip card, riders using cash payment cannot obtain a paper transfer, and thus must pay full fare upon boarding the bus. On June 27, 2010, the transfer window was reduced from 3 hours to 2 hours.

Cost of bus fare using SmarTrip
From to Local Buses¹ to Express Buses²
(Metrobus or Fairfax Connector)
to PRTC routes
Washington Metro $1.00 $2.50 $4.75 to PRTC OmniRide (full SmarTrip fare)
$2.40 to PRTC MetroDirect (full SmarTrip fare)
All other local routes
Free $1.75 $3.50 to PRTC OmniRide
$1.15 to PRTC MetroDirect
Arlington Transit (ART)
Fairfax Connector
(except Routes 380, 595, and 597)
Free $1.75 N/A
Fairfax Connector routes 380, 595, 597
Metrobus express routes
PRTC OmniRide
Free Free N/A
The Bus
Free $1.75 N/A


  1. Local Buses: Metrobus local routes, Ride-On, The Bus (Prince George's County), DC Circulator, Fairfax Connector (except Routes 380, 595, and 597), Connect-A-Ride, Fairfax CUE, DASH, and Arlington Transit.
  2. Express Buses: Metrobus express routes, PRTC OmniRide, PRTC MetroDirect, Fairfax Connector routes 380, 595, and 597.

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