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

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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.


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Ticket/Pass Prices

Single Ride Ticket10-Ride TicketUnlimited 31-Day PassUnlimited 7-Day PassUnlimited 1-Day Pass
Child Under 42” Tall Free (with paying adult)
Student (K-College)*$10.50

* Students must present a valid school ID.

** Requires proof of disability or age 65+. The valid ID for persons with disabilities is a Rapid-issued photo ID 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.

Points of Purchase


All ticket and pass types are available online at any time, using credit cards only.

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Note: When purchasing a ticket or pass with a credit or debit card, the card must bear the purchaser's name, i.e., The Rapid cannot accept "gift cards" such as pre-paid VISA® cards if it does not have the purchaser's name on the card. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

On Board

One-Day passes, 7-Day passes, regular 10-Ride tickets and Student 10-Ride tickets can be purchased on fixed-route buses using cash only. 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.

At The Rapid Central Station Information Center

All fare and ticket types are available. Cash, checks, credit cards, debit cards, and money orders are accepted.  

At Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) 

TVMs are located at all Silver Line Stations, as well as Rapid Central Station. All fare and ticket types are available. Cash, credit, and debit only. View an instructional video about purchasing fares at The Rapid Ticket Vending Machines.
**10-Ride Tickets are not available at TVMs. 

At Outlets

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

  • All area D&W Fresh Markets (except Knapp's Crossing), Family Fare, and Meijer stores
  • Grand Rapids Community College, Student Activity Center (31-day passes and 10-ride student farecards only)

See GO!Bus or PASS for information on fares. You can purchase fares online at any time.


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. As of summer 2020, transfers will no longer be provided when paying a cash fare. 

Reduced Fares

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 and fare are non-refundable and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. Any value loaded onto a Wave card is non-refundable. 

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.

No Fare Zone Map