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Purchase Fares

The Rapid offers a number of different fare types and purchase options to best meet your needs when using the fixed-route system. 

*Please note, when purchasing a fare with a credit or debit card, the card must bear the cardholder's name. For example, The Rapid cannot accept "gift cards" in the form of a credit or debit card that does not have the purchaser's name on the card. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.


Single Ride Fares
Adult cash fare — $1.50
Children under 42 inches — free, with fare-paying adult
Senior/disabled cash fare — $0.75*

10-ride Farecards
Adult 10-ride card — $11.50
Student (K-College) 10-ride card — $9.00**
Reduced Fare 10-ride card — $7.50*

Unlimited Ride Passes
31-day pass — $40.00
31-day pass (senior/disabled) — $26.00*
4-day pass — $11.50
1-day pass — $4.60

If you do not have exact change, you will be issued a change card that is good toward future rides. Change cards will not be exchanged for cash and are valid one year from date of issue.

* Requires proof of disability or age 65+. Valid ID for persons with disabilities include a Rapid-issued photo ID card or Medicare card. The Rapid honors half fare for Medicare card holders. Seniors may use: Medicare card, driver's license, or other proof of age 65+. The half fare applies to single ride cash fares only.
**Students must present a valid school ID.

Purchase Options

All fare and ticket types are available. Credit cards only.

On Board
All 10-ride cards, as well as the 1-day and 4-day passes, can be bought at the farebox. Cash only.

At Rapid Central Station
All fare and ticket types are available. Cash, check, or money order only.

At Outlets
Farecards and tickets are available at the following locations. Payment options may vary by outlet.

  • All area D&W Food Centers, Family Fare, and Meijer stores
  • Grand Rapids City Hall Cashier's Office, 300 Monroe, NW
  • Grand Rapids Community College, Student Activity Center (31-day passes and 10-ride student farecards only)

Transfer Policy

Transfers are free. Passengers must request a transfer upon boarding. Transfers are good on any route, except the route on which the transfer was issued. They are valid for up to two hours (one hour for student 10-ride cards) from the time they are issued or a maximum of three transfers (one for student 10-ride cards), whichever comes first. Transfers are only issued to fare-paying passengers.

Replacement Policy

The Rapid will not replace farecards, transfer cards, or change cards that have been damaged due to misuse or altered in any way. Farecards are non-refundable and will not be replaced if lost, damaged or stolen.

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