Fareboxes & Local Period Passes

Golden Gate Transit (GGT) fareboxes accept the following as fare payment:

  • Cash (crisp bills work best) and coins
  • Period Passes – an easy way to pay for your local Marin County bus ride. Daily, weekly and monthly passes can be used for an unlimited number of trips within the designated time frame.
Clipper is accepted on GGT buses, and you'll still tag on and off using the Clipper card reader.



How to Use the Farebox

When boarding the bus, tell the driver your final destination so the appropriate fare can be charged. Show proper identification (your RTC card or youth ID, for example) to receive a discounted fare.


Using Cash to Pay Your Fare

Insert your cash and coins into the farebox. The location for the bill-slot and coin-drop is the lower right corner (see figure 1). The farebox will not accept bills over $20. Bills should be flat and unfolded. Drop coins one at a time.

If you do not have exact change, you will not receive cash back. If you are due more than $1 in change, you will instead be issued a Change Card that can be used on future bus rides. The value of the Change Card will be printed on the back.



figure 1


Using a Change Card
Insert Change Card in the activation slot on the top left of the farebox. The farebox will deduct the appropriate fare and the remaining balance will be printed on the back of the card. If the remaining balance on your card is less than your appropriate fare, you can use up to three cards (insert the lowest balance card first) to pay your fare. And you can combine the card(s) with cash.


How to Use Your New Period Pass

Passes are available for unlimited local bus rides for a day, a week or a month, and are available for adults, youth, and seniors/persons with disabilities. Day Passes are issued from the farebox onboard all GGT and Marin Transit Community Shuttles and Stagecoach buses operating within Marin County. Weekly (7-day) and Monthly (31-day) Passes can be purchased at local vendors.

Since Period Passes provide unlimited trips in a given time period, you no longer need to get transfers from the driver. Simply swipe your pass every time you board the bus. Passes cannot be used outside Marin County.


For the Day Pass:
1. Tell the driver that you'd like to purchase a Day Pass and if you qualify for a discount.

Insert exact fare ($5 for adults, $2.50 for youth/senior/disabled) into the farebox as usual, using the dollar bill and coin slot.

3. The farebox will eject a magnetic striped card. This is your Day Pass.
4. Take the Pass and move into the bus. Passes do not need to be swiped on your first bus ride.
For all Passes:
1. Passes need to be swiped through the farebox each time you board the bus to travel within Marin County.
2. The first time you use the pass, "dip" your Pass in the farebox so it will start the activation date (except for Day Passes). For all following trips, slide your Pass through the diagonal slot located at the top right of the fareox with the magnetic stripe facing you.

A BEEP will sound alerting you and the driver that the Pass has been accepted.

4. A WARBLE will sound when a Pass is misread, invalid or expired. If this happens, swipe it again. If a second WARBLE sounds, please pay the standard fare by another means.
Take Care of Your Period Pass: Period Passes should not get wet or be exposed to the sun; should not be wrinkled, torn or folded; and should not be written on.

Adult 7-Day


Youth 7-Day


Senior/Disabled 7-Day


Adult 31-Day


Youth 31-Day


Senior/Disabled 31-Day


Where to Purchase Period Passes

Period Passes are available at the Golden Gate Transit Customer Service Center at the San Rafael Transit Center. They are also available at Golden Gate's online store or over the phone (American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Discover accepted).

Watch a Video of the Farebox/Value Card in Use

Click here to watch a YouTube video of the farebox/Value Card in use!


For additional information, please call toll-free 511 (say “Golden Gate Transit,” then “operator”)/TDD 711.