Golden Gate Transit and Ferry fare and minimum balance increases

On July 1, Golden Gate Transit and Ferry fares increased, which will draw down your Clipper card balance more quickly. Additionally, the minimum card balance to ride the ferry is now $4.20.

Don't get caught short!

  • Manage your transit benefits
    Contact your transit benefit provider or log in to your transit benefit account to make sure your benefits cover these fare increases.
  • Check your Autoload funding source
    Make sure your Autoload funding source has sufficient funds available to cover these fare increases. This includes transit benefit debit cards (see above). If you have not done so, Clipper recommends adding a backup credit card for your Autoload purchases. Log in to adjust your Autoload settings now.

Note: Clipper will not grant refunds for costs resulting from cards blocked due to insufficient funds.

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Using Clipper on Golden Gate Transit and Ferry

Clipper is available for all Golden Gate bus and ferry routes. Golden Gate Transit and Ferry customers automatically receive discounts by using Clipper instead of cash.

To use your card on Golden Gate Ferry:

You must have a minimum cash value balance of $4.20 on your Clipper card to ride Golden Gate Ferry.

Before entering the ferry terminal, look for the gate for your ferry route, and tag your card to the correct card reader 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.

If you're just visiting the area, we recommend purchasing a limited-use ticket instead of a Clipper card. You can purchase limited-use Clipper tickets from ticket machines at the Sausalito, Larkspur and San Francisco terminals. Tickets are available in adult, youth and senior/disabled fares. Available in one-way and round-trip denominations, you can only use these tickets on Golden Gate Ferry routes.

You cannot use a Clipper card or limited-use ticket for ferry travel to AT&T Park. You must pre-purchase tickets. Visit Golden Gate Ferry for information.

To use your card on Golden Gate Transit buses:

To use your Clipper card, locate the card reader on 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 cash value fare and show your remaining balance and transfer time.

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.

You must tag off when you exit the bus to ensure you are charged the correct fare.


Clipper automatically calculates the transfer period and transfer discounts, so you do not need a paper transfer when travelling on transit agencies that accept Clipper. Transfers between Golden Gate Transit and Marin Transit are allowed only to complete one-way trips. Golden Gate Transit/Golden Gate Ferry/Muni transfer discounts are valid for passengers using cash value only and are not available to passengers with Muni passes.

Find additional information on how to use Clipper at How to use your Clipper card and Ways to Add Value. Clipper also works with a variety of transit benefits programs.

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