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Fares

ART offers a wide range of fares for a variety of needs. Fares can be paid with a SmarTrip card, 7-Day Regional Bus Pass (loaded on a SmarTrip card), or cash. If you ride ART and Metrobus on a regular basis, you may consider purchasing a 7-Day Regional Bus Pass, which offers convenience and savings.

ART fare decal - fares and transfers in a table

Regular Fare $2.00

  • Payment types: SmarTrip® card or cash
  • Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington employees with hospital ID ride free on ART 51 and ART 52 only
  • Free transfers for two hours with SmarTrip card

Acceptable Cash Fare:

  • Coins: Nickels, dimes, quarters, half-dollars, dollar coins
  • Bills: $1, $2, $5, $10
  • No change is available on ART buses
  • No refunds or exchanges on fares

Where to Buy SmarTrip Cards and Passes

Purchase SmarTrip Card Online From CommuterDirect.com

Reload SmarTrip Card Online

Discounted Fares

Children Under Five Ride Free

  • Free ride for all children under five

Virginia Hospital Center Employees

  • Virginia Hospital Center employees with hospital ID ride Free on ART 51 and ART 52 ONLY

Senior Discount

  • The fare for Senior citizens and people with disabilities with a Senior SmarTrip card or proper ID is $1.00. The discounted fare will automatically be charged to the Senior/Disabled SmarTrip card. Senior citizens can also show any ID that shows their date of birth or a Medicare card.
  • Payment types
    • Senior SmarTrip Card (The discounted fare will automatically be charged
    • Senior citizens paying by cash can also show any ID that shows their date of birth, or a Medicare card

Persons With Disabilities Ride Free

  • Free ride with a MetroAccess Photo ID Card

iRide Student Discount

  • Arlington County elementary, middle and high school students receive a $1.00 discounted fare when paying with cash or using a Student iRide SmarTrip card. Students must have a school ID if paying by cash.
  • More about iRide

Transfers

Customers using SmarTrip cards get free or discounted transfers within a two-hour time period between ART buses, Metrobuses and Metrorail. Discounts are:

  • Transferring from ART to Metrorail or Metrorail to ART: 50 cent discount
  • Transferring from ART to ART or ART to/from Metrobus: Free
  • Transfers from Fairfax County, Loudoun County, DASH, OmniRide and DC Circulator may require an additional fare.