Bus Fares

MET Transit One-Way Fares Unlimited Ride Monthly Passes
Description
Fees
Description
Fees
Adults (age 19-61 yrs) $2.00 Adult 31-Day pass (age 19-61 yrs) $28.00 
Youth (ages 6-18 yrs) $1.50 
Youth (age 6-18 yrs) and Student (must show valid student ID) 31-Day Pass

$21.00
Senior citizens (age 62 yrs and up) and Disabled citizens *
$1.00  Senior citizens (age 62 and up) Disabled citizens pass* 
 $12.00
Pre-school (under 6 yrs.) Free
Single day pass $4.00 / day
Transfers Free
10-ride ticket $18.00
 * Proof of eligibility includes Medicare card or other proof.

Overview

Riding MET is convenient and easy. All buses accept CASH for single-ride fare payment. Simply deposit exact change for the one-way fare when boarding the bus. If you need a transfer slip, request one from the driver.

Passes, 10-ride tickets and digital single-ride fares can be purchased online by visiting TouchPass, by downloading the TouchPass app from Google Play or the Apple App Store, by contacting the the MET office at 406-657-8218, or by visiting the MET office in person. Passengers may opt to use their smartphone to pay transit fares or may use a TouchPass smartcard obtained from MET Transit. If you are unable to visit in person to pickup a transit smartcard, office staff are able to sell you a card over the phone and send it to you via the United States Postal Service. Purchases can also be made at City Hall. K-12 students may also purchases a smartcard or reload their pass or account balances at participating school offices; please check with your student's school to verify availability. When boarding the bus, simply touch your TouchPass smart card to the card reader or hold your phone in front of the reader camera.  The reader will give a green light for valid fares and a red light for invalid fares.  When using your phone, please hold the phone 6 - 8 inches from the reader camera and line the barcode up in the square that will appear on the reader screen. Transfers are automatically credited to the Touchpass account for the transfer period. 



Discounted Fares

All passengers age six or older must either pay the appropriate fare, or use a ride pass or transfer. Citizens who are age 62 and above or who have a disability may ride by paying a discounted fare. Citizens of qualifying age must present proof of age (such as an ID displaying a birthdate); individuals with a disability will be required to obtain a Disability Identification Card from MET Transit in order to pay the discounted cash fare.  TouchPass users may have their account updated to display discounted fares once verification of age or disability is complete. To verify eligibility for a Disability Identification Card or a discounted fare, a passenger may present their Medicare card or other proof of eligibility. Students age 19 or older must present a valid student ID to pay the decreased fare.  Proof of eligibility may be provided in person at the MET office or by completing this form and uploading a copy of the verification. 



For more information, click here or call the MET office at (406) 657-8218.

Unlimited-Ride Passes

Buying one of the various unlimited ride passes allow for unlimited rides in a defined period. A day pass allows unlimited rides in a single day while a 31-day pass allows you unlimited rides for a 31-day period.  Both periods start when passes are first activated.

Fare-Capping

 
Passengers who choose to utilize TouchPass and use the "Stored Value" option to pay single-ride fares are subject to an additional benefit called "Fare Capping."  Fare capping allows a rider who pays for individual one-way rides to be automatically upgraded to an unlimited ride pass once they have paid for enough rides to equal the cost of the unlimited ride pass.  For example, an adult passenger who purchases two (2) one-way rides at $2.00 each would automatically be upgraded to a "Day Pass" unlimited ride pass for the duration of the day since they have already paid $4.00 for two rides (the same cost as a day pass).  Another example would be a passenger who qualifies for the Senior/Disability rate paying for twelve (12) one-way rides at $1.00 each; this passenger would be upgraded to a 31-day unlimited ride pass upon reaching the $12.00 value by paying for single rides.  The fare capping unlimited ride pass begins from the moment the individual makes the first single fare payment.  For further information, please contact the MET at 406-657-8218.


TouchPass Electronic Fares Frequently Asked Questions:

DO I NEED A SMARTPHONE TO USE THE SYSTEM? NO. You may choose to use a TouchPass smartcard that can also be managed and reloaded online. 

HOW DO I GET A CARD?  You can purchase a pass and receive a smartcard by visiting the MET at 1705 Monad Rd, by visiting Billings City Hall, or by calling the MET at 406-657-8218. Middle-school and High-school students can also purchase passes and cards at participating schools. Cards normally cost $3.00 to purchase but this fee is waived until February 01, 2021.

IS THE CARD REUSABLE?  YES.  The TouchPass smartcard is a permanent card and can be re-loaded with passes and fares.  

CAN I BUY A PASS OVER THE PHONE? YES. You may call 406-657-8218 and speak to a MET Transit representative. Passes and cards can be bought over the phone and the representative will mail you the card.

CAN I STILL PAY FOR MY FARES WITH CASH?  YES.  All buses continue to accept cash payment for single-ride fares.  Cash or check can be used to purchase fares or passes for both the smartphone app and smartcard at the MET or by visiting Billings City Hall. 

HOW DO I RELOAD MY ACCOUNT WITH CASH OR CHECK?  Both smartphone passes and smartcard passes can be loaded with a pass by paying cash or check at the MET or by visiting Billings City Hall. 

WHAT IF I LOSE MY CARD?  You can get a replacement smartcard by visiting the MET, Billings City Hall, or by calling the MET at 406-657-8218. The lost or damaged card replacement fee is $3.00. Please register your card on TOUCHPASS.COM to tie it to your pass account. (DO NOT register your card in the smartphone app as it will deactivate). 

CAN I USE BOTH A SMARTCARD AND MY PHONE AT THE SAME TIME?  NO. Smartcards registered via the phone app will be converted to a “phone only” pass and the card will be deactivated.  You must choose to use EITHER the card OR the phone.

DO I NEED TO REGISTER MY CARD ON TOUCHPASS.COM? To track your account, you should register your smartcard by visiting Touchpass.com.  Once registered, passengers you can reload the card on the website.  By registering, MET Transit can also replace your card if you lose it or damage it.  If you choose not to register, we CANNOT issue a replacement and you would be required to purchase a new pass. (DO NOT register your card on the smartphone application or it will deactivate your card.)