How are fares calculated?
When riding Golden Gate Transit buses, Clipper deducts the maximum fare from your starting zone and then refunds the difference when you tag your card to the card reader upon exiting. This means you must tag your card to the card reader upon entering AND exiting the bus to ensure you're only charged for the distance you travel and that Clipper applies any appropriate discounted fares and transfers.
When riding Golden Gate Ferry, you only need to tag your card to a card reader once.
What is the difference between a limited-use ticket and Clipper card?
- Can only be used on Golden Gate Ferrys Larkspur, Sausalito and Tiburon service
- Can be purchased for adult, youth and senior/disabled fares at the ticket machines
- Expire 90 days after purchase
- Are only available for one-way and round trips
- Do not provide transfer discounts
- Can be used on all transit services that accept Clipper
- Hold cash value, which does not expire
- Can be loaded and reloaded with cash value and passes for any participating transit agency (note that Golden Gate Transit and Golden Gate Ferry do not offer passes on Clipper)
- Offers transfer discounts where available
Golden Gate Ferry ticket machines only sell adult Clipper cards. You must apply for a Youth, Senior or RTC Clipper card to receive applicable discounts on fares.
Do I need a minimum balance on my card to ride Golden Gate Ferry?
Yes, you must have a minimum cash value balance of $4.45 on your Clipper card to ride Golden Gate Ferry. If you do not have the minimum balance, when you tag the card reader it will display a red light and beep three times. You will need to add value to your Clipper card to pay your fare. Set up Autoload to ensure you always have the minimum balance on your card. Learn more about Autoload
Can I add value to my Clipper card at a ferry terminal?
You can purchase a new adult Clipper card and add value to any Clipper card at the Sausalito, Larkspur and San Francisco Ferry Building terminals. Customers who take the ferry from Tiburon can purchase Clipper cards and value, as well as limited-use tickets, at the ticket machine located in the paid area of the San Francisco Ferry Building terminal. Learn more about ways to get a card and add value.
Can I purchase one Clipper card to pay the fare for my entire family or group?
No, each customer must have his or her own Clipper card to pay the fare on both Golden Gate Transit and Golden Gate Ferry.
How do transfers work?
Clipper automatically calculates free or discounted transfers when you transfer between Golden Gate Transit, Golden Gate Ferry and other transit services that accept Clipper.
When transferring to a Golden Gate Transit bus, Clipper deducts the maximum possible fare when you tag on, but credits the appropriate amount back when you tag off at the end of your ride as long as you complete your ride within 3 hours when traveling in a single county or 4 hours when traveling between counties.
Visit Fares and passes for more transfer information.