Fares and Passes
To use your Clipper® card on BART, you can add a High Value Discount (HVD) ticket, cash or a Muni "A" Fast Pass® for fare payment. For more information on fares, please click here.
High Value Discount (HVD) ticket: Clipper customers can load BART's HVD tickets to their cards to receive a discount on BART rides. Just like the paper tickets, BART HVD tickets are only valid for fare payment on BART and you'll receive a 6.25% discount ($45 for a $48 ticket or $60 for a $64 ticket). HVD tickets can be loaded to your card through Clipper Autoload and many transit benefit programs. HVD tickets for your Clipper card are not available for purchase at any Clipper retailers or self-serve machines. The HVD balance on your Clipper card cannot exceed $250.
HVD tickets through Clipper Autoload: Clipper will automatically load a $48 or $64 HVD ticket to your Clipper card when your HVD ticket balance falls below $10 and charge your enrolled credit/debit card or bank account.
- Clipper discourages using a transit benefit debit card to pay for Autoload of BART HVD tickets.
If your transit benefit debit card doesn't have enough money on it to pay for the Autoload, your HVD ticket will be blocked from further use until you provide an alternate payment method and we are able to process payment (may take 3-10 days, depending on your payment method).
HVD tickets through transit benefit programs: You can now load HVD tickets onto your Clipper card through many transit benefit programs. To find out if your program is participating, please contact your company's benefits administrator.
To place your order, select the ticket denomination ($48 or $64) you would like to purchase. Multiple HVD tickets can be ordered, however they must all the same denomination. For example, an order can be placed for three $48 tickets or three $64 tickets, but not one $48 ticket and two $64 tickets. Your HVD order will load directly to your Clipper card the first time your card tags a Clipper device in the benefit month.*
*$2 administrative fee may apply. Check with your company's benefits administrator.
If your Clipper Cash balance is negative, you will not be able to enter the BART system, even if you have a valid Fast Pass or BART HVD ticket on your Clipper card.
Clipper Cash: Clipper Cash works just like cash on all transit agencies that accept Clipper. Load Clipper Cash onto your Clipper card and the fare for each trip will be deducted from your Clipper Cash balance. Clipper will automatically calculate any applicable discounts when transferring to another transit system (e.g., Muni or AC Transit). You can also set up Autoload to reload Clipper Cash when the balance falls below $10.
PLEASE NOTE: Clipper Cash and BART HVD balances are separate and cannot be combined to pay a fare (e.g. $1 of BART HVD and $0.75 of Clipper Cash). The full BART fare will be deducted from either BART HVD or Clipper Cash.
Muni Fast Pass Users
Fast Passes loaded onto a Clipper card are accepted as fare payment for trips on BART between the following stations in San Francisco:
- Civic Center
- 16th Street/Mission
- 24th Street/Mission
- Glen Park
- Balboa Park
For travel outside of these stations, the appropriate fare will be deducted from the High Value Discount ticket or cash balance.
Travel from Glen Park station to Montgomery station = Valid travel with Muni Adult "A" Fast Pass. No deduction from High Value Discount ticket or cash.
Travel from 24th Street/Mission to Coliseum/Oakland Airport station = Travel outside the San Francisco stations and full fare will be deducted from High Value Discount ticket or cash.
Clipper will automatically calculate transfer discounts between AC Transit, VTA or Muni and BART - no need to stop at the transfer machine! Just tag your Clipper card to the card reader when boarding the vehicle or entering the station.
You can use your Clipper card to pay for parking at BART stations. If you currently use your EZ Rider card for parking, you can link your Clipper card number to your parking account. Just go to https://ezrider.bart.gov/ezrider/pre_registration.jsp to link your Clipper card to your existing account. If you don't yet have a parking account, go to https://ezrider.bart.gov/ezrider/pre_registration.jsp and sign up for an account. During the signup, you'll be asked for your Clipper card number. Just enter your card number and complete the form. You'll need to provide your credit card information because the parking charges go through the BART EZ Rider parking program. Then, once you receive your parking hang tag in the mail (in approximately 2-3 business days), you'll need to follow the instructions to activate your account. Your account should be ready to use the next business day.