How to Buy Passes

Accessing your pass to get on board is as easy as ever using our simple payment systems or a few clicks away when you buy now through our online marketplace.

Welcome to cashless, contactless payment! Not only can you now add cash to mobile via the CapMetro App, but our new Tap cards make paying your fare a seamless part of your ride. Rather than fussing with swiping or inserting your card at the farebox, this contactless payment is safer and can get you on the bus faster.

Tap cards are available through participating retailers and in our Transit Store.

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Should I Swipe, Tap or Scan?


If you have a card with a notch in the corner (the majority of physical passes), swipe the farebox when boarding at the front of the bus. You can also identify these cards as they have a magnetic stripe on the back.


New Tap cards (shown at right) with all round corners and a tap icon on the front can be used on the onboard validator as you board the bus with a quick tap. These passes are currently available for purchase at participating retailers as well as the Transit Store.


Use the CapMetro App to board the bus by scanning the QR code on your digital pass on the onboard validator.

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CapMetro App

Turn your phone into a pass! With the CapMetro App, you can buy and manage passes for all of our services.

Where to Buy Passes

You can buy a Single Ride or Day Pass with exact change or by using a Stored Value card at the front entrance of our vehicles with the help of the operator.

Purchase passes where you shop: 7-day passes, 31-day passes and more can be purchased at H-E-B, Randall's and other local grocery stores. View participating retailers here.

*Availability of passes may vary depending on location, so please contact your local store to find out what they carry.

Cash-to-mobile: Now you can also add cash to the CapMetro App at over 250 participating locations. Never worry about not having exact change at the fare box by adding cash to your mobile wallet or purchasing passes on the app!

**MetroAccess monthly passes are not available at H-E-B outlets.

Tap cards: Our new Tap cards are available for purchase at participating retailers as well as the Transit Store.

Commuter Single Ride and Day Passes are available at any MetroRail station. Look for one of our ticket vending machines (TVMs) located on the platforms.

*TVMs do not give exact change when using cash to purchase.

**Local Passes are not currently available in the vending machines.

Use the Online Marketplace (Notice: Internet Explorer is not supported, we recommend IE users switch to another browser). Passes are added instantly to your CapMetro App mobile account or mailed within 5 business days.

To buy passes in person, stop by our Transit Store, located in downtown Austin at: 209 W. 9th Street, Austin, TX 78701. We're open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and our phone number is 512-389-7454.