- Mobile Ticketing
- Online fare media purchase
- Retail locations
- Are you older than age 65?
- Out-of-County fare information
Other Important Information
- CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS can be used in ticket vending machines and kiosks at Red Line stations, HealthLine stations and the Customer Service Center at Tower City. On the bus, there are cash purchases only.
- All Senior/Disabled cash fares, farecards and passes require passenger to show valid RTA Senior or Disabled ID (both of which include a photo), or a Medicare card, as well as a driver's license or other official photo ID.
- All-Day Passes are available for purchase on all RTA vehicles at the farebox, ticket vending machines, and at retail agents.
- Child fares apply to children age 6-12, when accompanied by a fare-paying adult. Children under age 6 ride free. In either case, a limit of three children per fare-paying adult applies.
- Effective Aug. 14, 2016, ADA-certified Paratransit passengers must pay senior/disabled fare on fixed-route service.
- Student farecards are for grades K-12.
Transit app allows riders to:
- Purchase fares with EZFare
- Add value to your digital wallet in Transit app by paying cash with VanillaDirect
- Plan a trip
- See when your bus or train will arrive
- Locate where you bus or train are
- Switch between upcoming trips by swiping right and left
- Use Go for walking directions
- Pin frequently traveled bus or train routes
- Receive service alerts
To learn more, visit Transit app's webpage.
If you are age 65 or older, you can pay a discounted Senior rate to ride RTA buses and trains.
Show a valid photo ID
Anyone can buy a Senior pass or farecard, but in order to use the pass, you must show a valid photo ID.
These forms of ID are accepted for use with a Senior pass or farecard:
- RTA Senior ID card
- State-issued photo ID
- Medicare card with photo ID
To obtain an RTA Senior ID card
- You can use our State issued ID or visit our ADA office at our Main office 1240 W. 6th St. Cleveland, Ohio 44113 to obtain RTA's Senior ID Card.
For more information
- Call 216-621-9500
Because some customers travel across county lines to reach their destinations, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has special fare policies to make this travel convenient and affordable.
If an RTA route extends more than one mile into an adjoining county, riders using the out-of-county portion must pay a $1 surcharge. This only affects 251 riders who board or get off outside Cuyahoga County.
Passengers transferring to RTA from a transit system outside Cuyahoga County receive one free ride on RTA, if they present a valid transfer from an adjacent transit agency.
Conversely, once a fare is paid on RTA for their return trip, there will be a credit offered to customers transferring to these agencies, in the amount of the RTA fare paid.
- Always pay the fare on the first system you board. A transfer is only valid for one ride on the adjoining system.
- Traveling into Cuyahoga County, ask your driver for a transfer to RTA.
- Leaving Cuyhoga County, ask your RTA driver for a non-valid fare receipt that serves as a transfer.
Interagency transfer privileges are provided only at places where passengers can reasonably make interagency transfers.
For more information, call the Community Connection Line at 216-621-9500.