FaresAfter more than a year of engagement with the community, RTD is pleased to introduce a simpler, more affordable, and more equitable fare system.
New Low Fares
Effective January 1, 2024
RTD’s new fare system brings lower fares, a reduced number of fare zones, consolidated Discount fares, and decreased costs for 3-Hour, Day, and Monthly Passes. Travel to and from the Airport is included in all Monthly and Discount Passes. We offer decreased costs for Access-a-Ride and introduce Access-a-Ride LiVE fares. The new fare system expands access to the LiVE program, introduces a transit assistance grant program as well as a new Semester Pass for post-secondary students, and much more.Click here to learn about RTD’s 2020-23 Ticket Book Exchange Program!
|Discount Fares* (Includes Airport)
|Airport Day Pass
*Discount fares apply to seniors 65+, individuals with disabilities, Medicare recipients, and customers enrolled in LiVE. All Discount fares and Monthly Passes include travel to and from the Airport Fare Zone. Learn more information
|Access-a-Ride LiVE (Effective March 2024)
New Fare Benefits
How to Purchase
Discount Programs and Fares
RTD’s 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.
Rail Fare Zones
Welcome aboard the RTD rail system, where convenience meets accessibility! RTD’s fare system is comprised of two fare zones: Local and Airport. For trips to or from Denver International Airport, customers will need an Airport Day Pass or Airport Upgrade. These options facilitate seamless travel throughout the entire network for Standard fare-paying customers. Notably, all Discount fare products include travel to and from the airport, ensuring affordability and ease for all customers.
Additional Fare Information
There are no refunds for purchases of any fare products. Fare media may carry an end-of-year expiration date; if so, they may be eligible for credit towards a new ticket book during a limited period.
It is against the law to 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, ticket, transfer or coupon could result in a fine of up to $106.50 including court costs. Fare evasion is 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.
To get the most value and convenience customers are encouraged to use the MyRide mobile barcode or MyRide card to pay for fares. When using these forms of payment trips accumulate and fares are capped to ensure you never pay more than you should. 3-Hour Passes automatically convert to Day and Monthly Passes based on travel, and if you take a trip to a higher fare zone you'll only pay the difference.If not using the MyRide barcode or card, customers are encouraged to purchase the Airport Day Pass rather than relying on upgrades for making multiple trips at different fare levels. However, customers may use an upgrade on a higher level of service.
Upgrade on a Trip to or from Denver International Airport:
Customers with a Standard 3-Hour Pass or Day Pass must pay for an airport upgrade ($7.25 from 3-Hour, $4.50 from Day) with cash on the bus or at a Ticket Vending Machine with cash, credit or debit at rail stations. All Discount fares include travel to and from the airport.
In most cases the bus fare that you pay will correspond to the service level of the route. However, on Airport routes it is possible to take a partial trip that qualifies for a lower fare, depending on the route and where you board and depart. If you know your trip qualifies for a non-airport fare be sure to tell the operator before you pay your fare so that you are charged correctly.
Passes and Ticket Books
Frequent riders and commuters can save time and money by pre-purchasing passes or ticket booksLearn more about Passes & Ticket Books
RTD counts on revenue from passengers to provide and improve transit services. That’s why it’s important for all passengers to pay the full fare when riding buses and light rail.Learn more about fare evasion
Use your mobile phone to scan and ride with RTD MyRide! RTD tickets and passes also available on the Uber and Transit apps.Learn more about mobile ticketing
RTD offers corporate and community pass programsLearn more about pass programs