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Clipper Card San Francisco

Getting Around San Francisco

San Francisco Clipper is the all-in-one transit “smart card” for the Bay Area. The easy-to-use, re-loadable Clipper transit fare card can hold transit passes, cash value, parking value or any combination thereof. Monthly passes or cash value can be loaded on a Clipper Card which is accepted by all Bay Area public transit agencies (i.e, AC Transit, BART, Caltrain County Connection, FAST Golden Gate Transit & Ferry Marin Transit, Muni Petaluma Transit, SamTrans Santa Rosa CityBus, SF Bay Ferry, SolTrans Sonoma County Transit The VINE, Tri Delta Transit Vacaville City Coach, VTA WestCAT and Wheels.

Using your Clipper card is as easy as tapping the card on the card reader as you step into the vehicle. You will hear a loud beep once to register your payment and the balance remaining on your card will be shown on the reader.

When using a Clipper Card on cable cars, a conductor will tag your card on a hand-held Clipper reader.

Getting a Clipper card
Clipper Card

In Person
Clipper cards can be purchased at fare machines in all BART stations—there is a one-time $3.00 fee for the card. You must load fare on your card before entering. Clipper cards can also by purchased in person at:
Walgreens, Whole Foods and other retail locations
Transit agency ticket offices and Clipper Customer Service Centers
Muni Metro and Golden Gate Ferry ticket machines (minimum value required)

Order a Clipper Card by Mail
You can order an adult Clipper Card online or by phone at 877-878-8883 (TDD/TTY 711 or 800-735-2929 and type "Clipper"). Allow up to 10 days for delivery.

Note: Adult Clipper cards cost $3. Clipper waives this fee if you set up Autoload when you order your card online.
If you buy a card at a Muni Metro or Golden Gate Ferry ticket machine, you must add a minimum value to your card.

Clipper Card Mobile Payment
You can pay for BART using your smart phone or Apple Watch. BART fare gate readers supports Clipper payment via iPhone, Apple Watch and Android phones. Visit for instructions on how to add Clipper to your mobile wallet to pay fares. Funds loaded through Apple Pay and Google Pay are available for immediate use.

Clipper Card Mobile Payment with your phone
Google Play
Apple Pay

San Francisco Muni Fares & Passes

Muni Single Ride - Adult (ages 19-64)

MuniMobile - $2.50
Clipper Card - $2.50
Cash - $3.00
Metro Ticket Machine - $3.00
Adult single ride fare on Muni vehicles, good for 120 minutes of travel and can be used on a single route or a trip with multiple transfers across buses and light rail.

Muni Monthly Pass - Adult (ages 19-64)

Unlimited access to all Muni vehicles for a calendar month.

Clipper Card - $81.00
"M" Pass: Muni (includes Cable Car)

Clipper Card - $98.00
"A" Pass: Muni (includes Cable Car) + BART within SF

*Muni Single Ride - Discount Fare

Single Ride - discount fare is available to Seniors (65+), and people with disabilities good for 120 minutes of travel
MuniMobile - $1.25
Clipper Card - $1.25
Cash - $1.50
Metro Ticket Machine - $1.50
Note: Eligible Seniors must apply for and receive a Clipper card before they can purchase the discount monthly pass.

*Muni Monthly Pass - Discount Fare

Muni Monthly discount fare is available to Seniors (65+), and people with disabilities
Clipper Card - $40.00
Valid on all Muni vehicles including cable cars.

* - ID required

Clipper START

50% Single Ride Fare Discount for Adults (ages 19-64) on a Limited Income
Clipper® - $1.25

Day Pass

Unlimited rides on Muni buses, trains and historic streetcars for one day.
MuniMobile - $5.00
Farebox (cash fare on a Muni vehicle) - $5.00


Clipper automatically calculates free transfers on Muni buses, light-rail vehicles and historic streetcars. You must tag your card each time you transfer, so the card reader can confirm the 90-minute transfer period is still in effect. The card reader will display the remaining transfer time that you have left on your card.

When you transfer from BART to Muni within an hour using your adult Clipper card, you will automatically receive a 50-cent discount.

Muni Visitor Passport

Muni Visitor Passport gives you unlimited rides on Muni, Muni Metro light rail, historic streetcars, and cable cars for 1, 3 or 7 consecutive days.

Passports are the same price for all ages and abilities.

Muni Passports are good on Muni only. They are not valid on BART, other transit systems, tour buses, or for transportation to or from San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
Passports expire at 11:59 pm. on the first, third or seventh day of use, and must be used by January 31 of the year following the year printed on the cover of the Passport.

A new adult Clipper card costs $3.
Clipper will waive the fee if you order your card online and sign up for Autoload.

Clipper discounts for youths, seniors and customers with disabilities

Clipper offers discounts for youths, seniors and customers with disabilities.

Youth Clipper card

Senior Clipper card

RTC Clipper card (for customers with disabilities)

Cash fare discounts for Seniors (age 65 and over) and people with disabilities
Seniors (age 65 and over) and people with disabilities are eligible to pay the discounted cash fare to ride Muni. On buses, streetcars and light rail vehicles operating on the surface, you must show a valid ID to pay a discount cash fare. On the Muni Metro underground, you must purchase a reloadable discount ticket from a ticket vending machine to enter the system through fare gates or via the elevator.

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