Passes & Fares
The Rapid offers a number of different fare types and purchase options to best meet your needs when using the fixed-route system.
Start saving with The Wave!
Providing riders with a faster, easier and more convenient way to pay for your fare! Pay-as-you-go value makes travel on The Rapid buses easier than before.
Wave Card Types & Fares
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*10-Ride Wave cards do not feature fare capping or auto-load.
GO!Bus and PASS do not utilize The Wave.
Points of Purchase
Paper tickets are no longer for sale at the following locations:
- The Information Center at Rapid Central Station
- On buses
- Meijer Stores
- Spartan/DW/ Family Fare Stores
- Online at ridetherapid.org
On June 15, 2020, paper tickets will no longer be accepted as fare. Change cards and transfers will no longer be issued for those paying fares in cash.
This change does not impact GO!Bus or PASS riders. These tickets can still be purchased in the above locations.
Where to Purchase The Wave Card
Transfers were developed to help customers travel conveniently within our system on a single fare. With The Wave card, your transfer timeframe is 105 minutes and begins with your first tap. This means that you have 105 minutes to ride anywhere in the system, even on the same route!
Your first tap will charge a normal fare to your account. Subsequent taps within the 105-minute transfer timeframe will not charge your account.
If you are using a paper ticket or cash, transfers can be requested by asking the bus operator upon paying your fare. On June 15, 2020, transfers will no longer be provided when paying a cash fare.
In order to qualify for reduced fare on our fixed-route system, one must be age 65 or older, or have a current qualifying disability. All applicants not in The Rapid database must complete and submit a reduced fare application or visit Rapid Central Station. Learn more >
Replacement & Refund Policy
The Rapid will not replace Wave cards, tickets, transfer cards or change cards that have been damaged due to misuse or altered in any way. Wave cards, tickets
Silver Line No Fare Zone
The City of Grand Rapids and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. have partnered with The Rapid to create a No Fare Zone for the Silver Line, which encompasses all Silver Line stations from Wealthy Street northbound.
No fare is required to ride the Silver Line if you enter and exit within the No Fare Zone. If you begin your ride before entering the No Fare Zone and/or exit after leaving the zone, a valid fare is required.