Introducing our new fareboxes, Smart Ride Cards, Smart Ride Tickets and the Smart Ride App for mobile phones. These options will offer easy, convenient and cash-free fare paying options.

Our intuitive farebox helps you board buses faster with a contactless Smart Ride Card, Smart Ride Ticket or mobile ticketing option on the Smart Ride App. Free, unlimited transfers within two hours of paying your fare will still be offered when using the Smart Ride Card, but you will no longer need a transfer ticket.

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1. Tap Cards; 2. Swipe Cards; 3. Insert Coins; 4. Insert Bills; 5. Scan Phone

Easily pay for your Metro Bus fares on the go as well as at home using our online purchasing option or the free Metro Bus Smart Ride App for mobile devices. Purchased passes stored on your mobile phone can be activated when ready to ride. The Stored Value fare option allows you to load any amount of money you choose on your Smart Ride Card and fares are automatically deducted each time you ride.


Metro Bus Smart Ride Cards will offer Stored Value for regular fares, Stored Ride Passes and 31-Day Passes. Smart Ride Cards can be purchased for $3 at the Transit Center,  online or at ticket outlets. You can load funds to any Smart Ride Card at the Transit Center, online or on your mobile device.

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Ticket outlets

Purchase fare at the Metro Bus Transit Center as well as select partner outlets throughout our service area.

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On the Bus

Customers can pay fares directly at the farebox with cash. Please use the exact change. New fareboxes will not be able to make change.

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Purchase fares online at

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Call 320.251.7433 for information about Metro Bus fares.

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Mobile Ticketing

Download our Smart Ride App on your mobile device.

With the Smart Ride Card, transfer tickets are no longer necessary. When boarding just tap your card to the farebox and you’re all set!

Our step-by-step video shows how to use easy, convenient, cash-free fare paying options. See our new farebox at the Mobility Training Center in downtown St. Cloud, MN.


Protect your Metro Bus Smart Ride Card balance against loss, damage or theft, check card balance, usage and order history by creating a free online account and registering your card.

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Create an online account

Create an online account at

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Register an Existing Card

Select “Register an Existing Card” from the My Cards menu.

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Enter your card number

Enter the 10-digit card number and CVV number as they appear on the back of your card.

Registered customers can, check your Card’s balance, add value, view transaction history or enroll in Autobuy to automatically replenish your card’s value.

Your Smart Ride Card must be registered to transfer your Stored Value, Frequent Rider Passes or 10-Ride Passes if damaged, lost or stolen. The value on cards cannot be refunded or redeemed for cash. Cards reported lost or stolen are disabled and cannot be reactivated.


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System Map Download

See the complete map of all Metro Bus routes.

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Northstar Link

Commuter bus service to Big Lake, Minnesota Twins baseball games, and Minnesota Vikings football games is available from the Metro Bus Transit Center.

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Jefferson Lines

Offering service to destinations throughout the country’s heartland and connects from the Metro Bus Transit Center.