MVTA is part of the regional transit fare system. Exact fare amount is required as drivers do not make change. Bills and coins are accepted (no pennies).

Regular Route Services

Fare CategoryTimeLocalExpress***
Adult (13-64) Non-Rush Hour $2.00 $2.50
  Rush Hour* $2.50 $3.25
Senior (65 ) Non-Rush Hour $1.00 $1.00
ID may be required. Senior Fares are not valid on rush hour trips. Rush Hour* $2.50 $3.25
Youth Fare (6-12) Non-Rush Hour $1.00 $1.00
Students and employees age 13-17 may qualify for a reduced fare card through their school or employer. Rush Hour* $2.50 $3.25
Children (5 and under) Non-Rush Hour Free Free
There is a limit of three children for every fare paid. Rush Hour* Free Free
Persons with Disabilities All Times $1.00 $1.00
Reduced fare applies for persons with a Metro Mobility card, Metro Transit ID card, or Minnesota Driver's License or State ID with an "L" endorsement. Note that Medicare cards are valid as identification only for non-rush hour trips.**      
Disabled Veterans Non-Rush Hour Free Free
An ID issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs showing "Service Connected" or "SC" must be shown to the driver. Effective July 1, 2009. Rush Hour* Free Free

*Rush hour trips are designated on pocket schedules, generally from 6:00 to 9:00 AM and 3:00 to 6:30 PM.

**For information on certification, call Metro Mobility at (612)349-7415.

 ***Southbound Express trips departing Minneapolis and St. Paul are Pay as you Exit.


A passenger may transfer at no charge between buses and rail. When you pay your fare on the first bus, ask the driver for a transfer. Transfers are valid on MVTA routes as well as any other regional transit service.

Transfers are good for use on any route, in any direction, for a 2-1/2 hour period. (Additional fare is required when transferring from a local to express bus.) When using a SuperSaver card, transfer information is encoded on the card and no additional transfer is needed.

Transfers from MVTA routes to other regional services may be made at several locations, including the Mall of America, Downtown Minneapolis, Downtown St. Paul, the 46th St. LRT Station, and the Cedar Grove Transit Station. Note that in some cases, you may need to pay an additional fare when transferring to non-MVTA express buses when your trip begins in the off-peak and finishes in the peak period.