Fares & Passes

Fares & Passes


CARTS offers a rechargable pre-paid fare card that can be used instead of cash for fare, making travel easier for frequent riders & enabling caregivers to ensure their CARTS customers have a ride. CARTS pre-paid fare cards can currently be used on the Curb-to-Curb service, also known as the Country Bus.  CARTS is striving towards making this card available for use on all of its services in the very near future. This card can only be purchased by telephone or clicking on Go To The Card Service Center tab below in red to register on line.  This pre-paid fare card can not be purchased at the stations it must be purchased on line. The RideCARTS card is only valid on Interurban Coach and Country Bus services. No cash refunds on RideCARTS cards. You may also click on the Transit Options tab to see fares for each of the services CARTS provides.   

Country Bus Fares

                                               Full Fare                Half Fare*

Zone 1 - City                          $2.00                  $1.00

Trips wholly within a town or city

Zone 2 - Intra-county            $4.00                  $2.00

​Trips originating and ending within the same county

Zone 3 - Inter-county            $6.00                 $3.00

Trips with destinations outside the county of origin 

* Half fares for registered CARTS customers, seniors 65 and older, persons with disabilities and children under 12. 



Interurban Coach Fares

Zone 1 - Local/Intra-County $2.00 *

Trips wholly within one county  

Zone 2 - Regional/Inter-County $4.00 *

Trips anywhere in the CARTS district

Regional/All Day Pass $6.00 (all day)

Ride all day on any Interurban or Metro Connector Route

Monthly Pass $88.00

Ride all month on all Interurban Coach Routes 

* Zone 1 and Zone 2 fares quoted are one-way fares

Half-Fares are not applicable on the already discounted Interurban Buses.


 The San Marcos Municipal Bus Routes offer a Daily, Monthly and Reduced Monthly Passes.

One-Way $1

Daily Passes $2

Monthly Passes $30

Reduced Monthly Passes $15 (for eligible passengers)

MediCare Cards are accepted as proof of eligibilty for half-fare.


Go to the Card Service Center

Or purchase passes at one of our stations