Fares

RTD's newly redesigned fare structure makes it simple, convenient, and affordable to pay for your trip and get where you're going.

Fare Payment Options

Day Pass

Take unlimited rides on bus and rail all day for the price of a round-trip. Local and Regional/Airport Day Passes may be purchased on board any bus (cash-only), and at RTD ticket vending machines, sales outlets, and participating King Soopers and Safeway stores.

Learn more about Day Pass

One-way Cash

Bus riders have the convenient option of paying cash for their one-way trip when they board their bus. Exact change is required, credit/debit not accepted. One-way cash fares include a transfer, good for a one way trip within 3 hours on another bus or train.

Learn more about transfers

Tickets

Ticket vending machines at every rail and bus rapid transit station allow you to purchase one-way tickets, upgrades, and Day Passes using cash, credit card, or debit card. Be sure to allow enough time to make your purchase prior to boarding your train.

Learn more about ticket vending machines

Passes & ticket books

Frequent riders and commuters can save time and money by pre-purchasing a Monthly Pass, annual ValuPass, 10-Ride Ticket Books, or Day Pass books from our online pass store or by visiting any RTD Sales Outlet or participating King Soopers or Safeway store.

Pick the fare product that's right for you

Fare Prices

Local

  • $2.60 regular price / $1.30* discount price
    One-way, cash/credit
  • $2.35 regular price / $1.15* discount price
    One-way, MyRide Card
  • $26 regular price / $13* discount price
    Day Pass Book
    contains 5 day passes
  • $23.50 regular price / $11.75* discount price
    10-Ride Ticket Book
  • $99 regular price / $49* discount price
    Monthly Pass
  • $1,089 regular price / $539* discount price
    ValuPass (annual)

Services

  • Rail travel in 1 or 2 fare zones
  • Local/limited bus routes
  • Local service on Regional or SkyRide bus routes
  • Call-n-Ride service

Regional

  • $4.50 regular price / $2.25* discount price
    One-way, cash/credit
  • $4.25 regular price / $2.10* discount price
    One-Way, MyRide card
  • $45 regular price / $22.50* discount price
    Day Pass Book
    contains 5 day passes
  • $40.50 regular price / $20.25* discount price
    10-Ride Ticket Book
  • $171 regular price / $85* discount price
    Monthly Pass
  • $1,881 regular price / $935* discount price
    ValuPass (annual)

Services

  • Rail travel in 3 fare zones
  • Regional service on Regional bus routes
  • Regional service on SkyRide bus routes

Airport

  • $9.00 regular price / $4.50* discount price
    One-way, cash/credit
  • $8.75 regular price / $4.35* discount price
    One-Way, MyRide card
  • Airport fare is Included in the
    Regional/Airport Day Pass
    Upgrade required to use Local Day Pass
  • Travel to Airport Airport trips require an upgrade
    Pay the difference in cash
  • Airport fare is Included in the
    Regional/Airport Monthly Pass
    Upgrade required for Local Monthly Pass
  • Airport fare is Included in the
    Regional/Airport ValuPass
    Upgrade required for Local ValuPass

Services

  • Rail travel to/from the Airport fare zone (DIA)
  • Bus service to DIA
Legend: Full-fare / Discount fare*

* Discount fares apply to seniors 65+, individuals with disabilities, Medicare recipients and elementary, middle and high school students, ages 6-19. Provide proof of eligibility when boarding. Individuals with disabilities may obtain a Special Discount Card by calling 303.299.2667. Active duty members of the U.S. military currently ride for free on all RTD services.
Learn more about discount fares, proof of eligibility requirements and special discount cards.

Pick the fare product that's right for you

You ride RTD: Your best fare is:
Infrequently
  • Local cash fare per trip ($2.60)
  • Regional cash fare per trip ($4.50)
  • Airport cash fare per trip ($9.00)
2 or fewer trips per day, and fewer than 22 days per month
  • Local 10-Ride Ticket Book ($23.50)
  • Regional 10-Ride Ticket Book ($40.50)
3 or more trips per day, and fewer than 20 days per month
  • Local Day Pass ($5.20)
  • Regional/Airport Day Pass ($9.00)
2 trips per day, and 22 or more days per month
OR
3 or more trips per day, and 20 or more days per month
  • Local Monthly Pass ($99)
  • Regional/Airport Monthly Pass ($171)
To and from the airport on a single day
Regional/Airport Day Pass ($9.00)
To or from the airport more than 19 days per month
Regional/Airport Monthly Pass ($171)

Note: The examples above show RTD full fares. Discount fares are also available to those who qualify.

Rail Fare Zones

fare zone map
Learn more about rail zones

Additional Fare Information

  • Access-a-Ride :
    Access-a-Ride fares are $4.70 for Local trips, $8.50 for Regional trips, and $17.50 for trips to or from DIA. Access-a-Ride offers Local 5-Ride ticket books that provide a discount of approximately 10 percent, the most cost-effective option. Full-fare 10-Ride tickets will continue to be accepted as payment on Access-a-Ride. Passengers with a valid Access-a-Ride ID card can ride any RTD fixed route service for free.
    Get more information about Access-a-Ride fares
  • Buy online :
    The RTD Online Store allows you to place online orders using a credit card for Monthly Passes, 10-Ride Ticket Books, Day Pass Books, Access-a-Ride Ticket Books, and gift certificates.
    Please note: online orders are processed and shipped only twice per month so be sure to plan your orders in advance.
    Visit the RTD Online Store
  • Call-n-Ride :
    Call-n-Ride fares are always a Local fare within a single Call-n-Ride service area.
    Learn more about Call-n-Ride fares
  • Day Pass :
    RTD's Day Pass allows you to take unlimited rides on bus and rail within one service day (3:00 a.m. - 2:59 a.m. next day) for the price of a round-trip. The Local Day Pass and the Regional/Airport Day Pass are available for sale on buses (cash only, exact change), at RTD sales outlets and participating King Soopers and Safeway stores, and from ticket vending machines at rail and bus rapid transit stations. The Local Day Pass is valid for Local fare, and the Regional/Airport Day Pass is valid for Local, Regional, and Airport fare. Day Pass Books containing five individual Day Passes are available for purchase at RTD sales outlets.
    Learn more about the RTD Day Pass
  • Discount fares :
    Discount fares apply to all seniors 65+, individuals with disabilities, Medicare recipients, and students in elementary, middle and high school, ages 6-19. Proof of eligibility is required when boarding. Individuals with disabilities may obtain a special discount card. Children five years of age or younger ride free. Children age 6-19 must pay the discount fare. Active duty members of the U.S. military currently ride for free on all RTD services.
    Learn more about discount fares, proof of eligibility requirements, and special discount cards
  • Downgrades :
    In most cases the bus fare that you pay will correspond to the service level of the route (ie. Local, Regional, or Airport). However on Regional and Airport routes it is possible to take a partial trip that qualifies for a lower "downgraded" fare, depending on the route and where you board and depart. If you know your trip qualifies for a downgraded fare be sure to tell the driver before you pay your fare so that you get charged correctly.
    See Regional and Airport fare tables for more information
  • Fare evasion :
    It is against the law use RTD services without paying the fare (C.R.S. § 42-4-1416(2) Failure to Present a Valid Transit Pass or Coupon). Failure to present a valid transit pass or coupon could result in a fine of up to $106.50 including court costs. Fare evasion is now punishable under the Colorado traffic code and failure to pay may result in the loss of a person's driving privileges. Multiple fare citations will result in suspension from RTD services for a pre-determined amount of time.
    Learn more about RTD's fare evasion policies
  • MyRide :
    RTD's MyRide smart card is an electronic fare payment card that can be loaded with cash value and used to easily pay your fare. By tapping your card on the smart card validator when boarding the bus or prior to boarding the train the MyRide system automatically deducts the proper fare for your trip. MyRide makes it quicker and easier than ever to pay your fare. MyRide users automatically receive a $0.25 discount on full fare, and a $0.15 discount on discount fare whenever a MyRide card is used to pay the fare.
    Learn more about RTD's MyRide card
  • Pass programs :
    RTD offers several pass programs including EcoPass, FlexPass, CollegePass, and Neighborhood EcoPass. These programs give employers, educational institutions, and neighborhoods the opportunity to provide their employees, students, or residents with discounted or subsidized RTD transit passes.
  • Rail fare zones :
    The RTD rail system is divided into four fare zones: A, B, C, and Airport. Rail fares are based on how many fare zones you travel in during your one-way trip. Travel in one or two zones is a Local fare, travel in three zones is a Regional fare, and any trip originating or ending in the Airport zone is an Airport fare. When determining the fare for a rail trip, fare zones are not counted twice if your trip takes you out of one zone and back into the same zone during a one-way trip.
    See the fare zone map
  • RTD Nonprofit program :
    RTD's Nonprofit Program offers reduced fares to eligible 501(c)(3) non-profit or governmental community/social service organizations that provide assistance to low income and homeless individuals. To learn more about the program and how to apply, please contact RTD's Nonprofit Program Coordinator by email.
  • Sales outlets :
    RTD offers retail sales outlets at several RTD transit facilities, as well as more than 150 participating King Soopers and Safeway stores across the Denver metro area. These sales outlets offer a convenient option for purchasing RTD passes and tickets.
    Find a sales outlet near you
  • SeniorRide fares :
    SeniorRide fares range from just $2.60 or $4.50 depending on the level of service.
    Learn more about SeniorRide fares
  • SkyRide fares :
    One-way Airport fare and the Regional/Airport Day Pass are both just $9 (full fare). If you ride a SkyRide route without boarding or departing at DIA your trip will qualify for a downgraded fare. Depending on where you board and how far you travel you will pay either a Local or Regional fare instead of the Airport fare. Be sure to tell the driver when you board if you aren't going to DIA so that you are correctly charged the downgraded fare.
    View the SkyRide fare tables for more information
  • Sports & special events :
    Fares vary by boarding location and type of service for sports rides and seasonal special services. Refer to individual special services for fare information.
    View all seasonal special services
  • Tickets :
    Tickets can be purchased individually from ticket vending machines, or to save time and money you can purchase a 10-Ride ticket book at a discount of approximately 10 percent. Tickets from a ticket book must be inserted into the bus fare box when boarding a bus and will be exchanged by your driver for a printed transfer slip if you request one. If you're using a ticket from a ticket book to ride rail then be sure to validate the ticket prior to boarding by inserting it into the rail station's ticket validator, otherwise your ticket will not be considered valid fare payment. Tickets serve as your valid fare payment and as a transfer for three hours from the time of purchase or validation.
    Learn more about ticket books
  • Transfers :
    Due to its value and convenience, riders are encouraged to utilize the Day Pass rather than relying on transfers for making multiple trips. However, all one-way cash fares and tickets include a transfer allowing riders to complete a one-way trip within 3 hours on another bus or train. When boarding a bus and paying a one-way cash fare or using a ticket from a ticket book be sure to request a transfer from the driver if you need one. If you've purchased a ticket from a ticket vending machine or validated a ticket at a station's ticket validator, your ticket will serve as your transfer. Transfers will be issued for Local or Regional Fare Level and will be issued at the same level as the initial boarding. An upgrade is required to use a Local transfer to board a Regional or Airport bus.
    Read the full transfer policy
  • Upgrades :

    Due to its value and convenience, riders are encouraged to utilize the Regional/Airport Day Pass rather than relying on upgrades for making multiple trips at different fare levels. However, passengers may upgrade passes, tickets, and transfers to a higher fare level as needed on board the bus. Ticket vending machines offer the option to purchase an upgrade from a Local Day Pass, Local Monthly Pass, Local ticket, or Local transfer to a Regional/Airport Day Pass.

    Upgrade to Regional/Airport Day Pass:
    Passengers with a Local transfer, Local Day Pass or Local Monthly Pass will be able to upgrade to a Regional/Airport Day Pass (Full $6.40/Discount $3.20) with cash on the bus; or with cash, credit or debit at a ticket vending machine. Passengers with a Regional transfer or ticket will be able to upgrade to a Regional/Airport Day Pass (Full $4.50/Discount $2.25), but only on board bus when paying with cash.

    Upgrade to single Regional trip:
    Passengers with a Local ticket, Local transfer, Local Day Pass, or Local Monthly Pass will be able to purchase a single trip upgrade for a Regional bus trip (Full $1.90/Discount $0.95), only when boarding a bus and paying with cash. Passengers will not be issued a three hour transfer.

Still have questions about fares?

Contact RTD Customer Care at 303.299.6000, by email at customercare@rtd-denver.com, or on Facebook or Twitter @rideRTD