Using Clipper on Golden Gate Transit and Ferry

Clipper is available for all Golden Gate Transit and Ferry routes, except for ferry travel to AT&T Park.

Visit Golden Gate Ferry for information about pre-purchasing tickets for the AT&T Park service.

To use your card on Golden Gate Transit buses:

To use your Clipper card, locate the card reader at the front of the bus. Tag your card by holding it flat against the Clipper logo on the reader, and wait for the beep and green light. The card reader will deduct the maximum cash value fare and show your remaining balance.

If your card balance is low, the reader will beep twice and display a yellow light. You can still board the vehicle, but you will need to add value to your card before your next trip. If you do not have enough value on your card, the reader will beep three times and display a red light, and you will not be able to pay your fare with Clipper.

Important!
You must tag off when you exit the bus to ensure you are charged the correct fare. 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. Note that each bus only has one card reader, located at the front of the vehicle. Clipper customers will need to exit at the front of the bus to tag off.

To use your card on Golden Gate Ferry:

You must have a minimum cash value balance of $4.45 on your Clipper card to ride Golden Gate Ferry. Each customer must have his or her own card to pay the fare.

To use your Clipper card, tag your card by placing it flat against the Clipper logo on the card reader and holding it there until you hear the beep and see the green light. The card reader will show the remaining balance on your card. You only need to tag your card once when you ride Golden Gate Ferry. If you are departing from the San Francisco Ferry Building or Larkspur terminal, you will tag before boarding your ferry. If you are traveling from Sausalito or Tiburon, you will tag when you exit the ferry at the San Francisco Ferry Building.

If you're just visiting the area, you can pay your fare with a limited-use ticket instead of a Clipper card. You can purchase adult, youth and senior/disabled tickets in one-way and round-trip denominations at the Sausalito, Larkspur and San Francisco Ferry Building terminals. You can only use these tickets on Golden Gate Ferry. (You cannot use limited-use tickets to pay for AT&T Park service or the Tiburon service provided by Blue & Gold Fleet.) To pay your fare, tag your ticket to the Clipper card reader at the ferry terminal.

Find additional information about how to use Clipper and ways to add value. Clipper also works with a variety of transit benefits programs.

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