Can I use my Clipper card on all Muni services?

You can use Clipper on all Muni bus, historic streetcar, Muni Metro light-rail and cable car service.

If I have a Muni pass, do I need to tag my card?

Yes, you must tag your Clipper card to the card reader on a Muni vehicle or at a station fare gate every time you board. Your tag is your proof of payment.

Do I need to ask for a paper transfer when I board a Muni vehicle?

Clipper automatically calculates transfers on Muni, so you do not need a paper transfer. Instead, just tag your Clipper card each time you transfer. The card reader will confirm your valid transfer with a beep and green light and display the time your transfer expires along with your cash value balance. Fare inspectors also conduct random checks with handheld card readers to ensure that Clipper customers have tagged their cards properly.

Muni offers unlimited free transfers between 8:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. If you use cash value on Muni, you only need to tag once after 8:30 p.m. to have valid proof of payment until 5 a.m. Do not tag your card again within this late-night free transfer period, or you will be charged another fare. If you enter a Muni Metro station, station agents will use a handheld card reader to verify that you tagged after 8:30 p.m. If station agent is present, enter the automatic gate next to the booth.

I see card readers on the back doors. Do I still have to board through the front?

You may board through the front and rear doors. If you use cash value on Muni, you only need to tag once after 8:30 p.m. to have valid proof of payment until 5 a.m. Otherwise, you must tag your Clipper card to the card reader on a Muni vehicle every time you board. Your tag is your proof of payment.

How do I use Clipper on the cable cars?

Simply hand your Clipper card to the conductor. The conductor will use a handheld card reader to confirm that your card has a valid pass or Passport or, if it doesn't, to deduct the appropriate fare from your card's cash value balance.

I use the elevator to enter the Muni Metro station platform. Where do I tag my card?

Shared BART/Muni stations (Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell, and Civic Center) have Clipper card readers located on poles within the path of travel from the elevators to the platforms. Tag your card on the Clipper card reader on the pole as proof of payment when entering the Muni platform.

What is Free Muni, and how can I apply for it?

Free Muni is a program that provides eligible low-to-moderate-income San Francisco residents free access to Muni when using a Clipper card. Visit SFMTA’s Free Muni to learn more.

 

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