Save Money with Clipper

Golden Gate Transit and Ferry accepts only cash value for all fares, but you will always get a discount on the bus when traveling within Marin County or on the ferry when using a Clipper card rather than cash. For a complete list of fares, visit Golden Gate Transit and Ferry

Minimum Balance

You must have a minimum cash value balance of $4.45 on your Clipper card to ride Golden Gate Ferry.

Limited-use Tickets

You also can purchase limited-use Clipper tickets from ticket machines at the Sausalito, Larkspur and San Francisco ferry terminals for use on Golden Gate Ferry routes. Tickets are available in one-way and round-trip denominations for adult, youth or senior/disabled fares. If you're just visiting the area, we recommend purchasing a limited-used ticket instead of a Clipper card. If you are a regular or semi-regular ferry rider, we recommend getting a Clipper card, which gives you benefits such as frequent rider discounts, the ability to set up Autoload, and card and balance protection.


Clipper automatically calculates transfers when transferring within Golden Gate Transit or between transit services that accept Clipper. You must tag your card each time you transfer, so the card reader can confirm the transfer period is still in effect. The card reader will display the remaining transfer time that you have left on your card.

Within Marin County and Golden Gate Transit

Local riders receive free transfers between all Marin Transit and Golden Gate Transit routes within Marin County. When transferring between Golden Gate Transit buses, Clipper applies the highest discounted fare when tagging on the second bus, but credits the full amount back when you tag off at the end of your ride.

To and from other transit agencies

Golden Gate Transit and Ferry customers paying with cash value receive a 50-cent discount off the Muni adult cash value fare when transferring to a Muni bus, light-rail vehicle or street car (discount does not apply to customers who have a Muni monthly pass). Customers who pay their Muni fare with cash value and transfer to Golden Gate Transit and Ferry receive a 50-cent discount for adults and 25-cent discount for senior, disabled or youth customers (the discount on the Golden Gate Transit and Ferry fares does not apply to those paying with a monthly pass on Muni).

AC Transit accepts Golden Gate Transit transfers from routes 40 and 580 as full payment of local fare for continuing local travel on the first AC Transit bus boarded in the East Bay. Golden Gate Transit accepts AC Transit transfers for adult, senior, disabled and youth fare credits on routes 40 and 580.

To transfer to transit agencies that do not yet accept Clipper, you will need to ask the driver for a paper transfer.

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