The following products are available for purchase on board RIPTA fixed-route and Flex vehicles: one-way cash fare, transfer, 1 Day Pass, 7 Day Pass, and 10 Ride Pass. Cash only. Drivers cannot make change.
Cash Fare for Buses & Trolleys
1 Day Pass (for unlimited travel until 2am next day)
7 Day Pass
Reduced Fare Pass
*Children under five years old ride free when accompanied by an adult (limit of three children per adult).
Wave is RIPTA’s smart fare collection system. It’s a convenient way for passengers to ride RIPTA with either a smart card or their smart phone.
Full Fare (1 hour of unlimited rides)
Day Pass (for unlimited travel until 2am next day)
Once you add value to your Wave account, the Wave reader will deduct $2 from your stored balance when you tap your card or scan your app when you board. The $2 fare entitles you to one hour of unlimited rides! Don’t forget, with Earn As You Go, you will never pay more than the cost of a Day Pass in a day or the value of a Monthly Pass in a calendar month. You do not have to pre-purchase a Day Pass or Monthly Pass.
All Day Pass
• Unlimited travel until 2am next day.
RIPTA’s smart fare collection system is an easy way to ride RIPTA with either a smart card or their smart phone.
• Available onboard all RIPTA fixed-route vehicles.
• Good for unlimited, statewide travel on RIPTA buses, trolleys and Flex Service for the month and year indicated on the pass.
Reduced Fare Pass
• Reduced Fare Bus Pass Program for Seniors and People with Disabilities. Passes that include your picture, are not transferable and will be confiscated if used by another individual that is not the person in the picture.
• Valid for one trip on the RIde Paratranasit Program.
• Ticket valid on RIde service only.
• You must qualify for the RIde program in order to purchase this pass.
Once you complete your purchase on our website, you will receive your fare product in the mail.
** Please note that during this COVID-19 public health crisis, we’re temporarily waiving our shipping and handling fees. We want to ensure our passengers have access to the fare products they need.”
Products can also be purchased at our transit hub in Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence, at our administration building at 705 Elmwood Avenue, at automated ticket vending machines in Kennedy Plaza and at the Newport Transportation and Visitors Center, and at many major supermarkets. Click here for details.
Reduced Fare Bus Pass Program for Low-Income Seniors and People with Disabilities
RIPTA offers a special Reduced Fare Bus Pass Program that allows qualifying low-income seniors (age 65 or over) and low-income persons with disabilities to travel at no cost.
RIPTA also complies with federal transit guidelines and offers half-fare boarding to seniors and persons with disabilities, regardless of income, during OFF PEAK hours. These passengers pay full fare during RIPTA peak service hours (7am-9 am and 3pm-6pm) on weekdays. They can also use a Medicare Card to board.
For more information on how to apply for this programs, please click here.
RIPTA also complies with federal transit guidelines and offers half-fare boarding to seniors and persons with disabilities, regardless of income, during OFF PEAK hours. Passengers enrolled in this program are issued “Valid Off Peak” photo identification cards. These passengers pay full fare during RIPTA peak service hours (7am-9am and 3pm-6pm) on weekdays. They can also use a Medicare Card to board.