Monthly Pass and Monthly Pass Plus Muni: Monthly Passes can be purchased on the 21st of each month for the coming month through the 15th day of the valid month. This change also means that customers who Autoload their Caltrain monthly passes will be able to load their new pass by tagging on and off Caltrain until the 15th of each month.

Clipper is available to all Caltrain customers. Customers can pay for rides on Caltrain by adding a Monthly Pass, 8-ride Ticket or cash to their cards. Please see the "Fares and Passes" page for more information on the types of value available. You can add value to your card online, by calling customer service or by visiting a retailer, like a participating Walgreens. Please note that if you add value online or over the phone, it can take up to 3-5 days for the value to be available to be added to your card. For more information on the timing for adding value, click here.

Important reminders for using Clipper on Caltrain:

  • You must always have $1.25 in cash value on your card.
  • Please remember to tag off. Learn more about these tips.
Close up of hand holding Clipper card

To use Clipper on Caltrain, locate the Clipper card reader on the station or platform. Tag your card by holding it to the Clipper logo on the reader, making sure to hold the card flat. Wait for the beep and the green light. You must tag off at your destination station by holding your card to the Clipper logo on the card reader. Doing this ensures that you are not overcharged for your trip and that any passes or tickets on your card are properly acknowledged.

You will tag your card at the beginning and end of each ride if you are paying with cash or an 8-ride ticket. If you are using a monthly pass, you will tag at the beginning and end of your first ride of the month.

Download the Clipper on Caltrain guide.

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