Resolve to Use Clipper on Muni and Save, Save, Save!

  • Starting January 1, if you use cash value on Clipper to pay your Muni fares instead of cash or a limited-use ticket, you’ll save 10 percent off your fares!
  • Youth, seniors and passengers with disabilities save 20 percent!
Single-Trip Fares
January 1, 2017
Clipper Cash / Limited-Use Ticket
Adult $2.25 $2.50
Discount: Youth (5-18), Seniors (65+),
People with Disabilities
$1.00 $1.25

Youth discounts extended! Muni also is making it easier for young people to ride at a discount – if you have a Youth Clipper card, you’ll get the youth discount until you turn 19. Find out more!

One more reason to use Clipper: All-night rides after 8:30 p.m.! If you use cash value on Clipper to pay your Muni fares, you can take advantage of free transfers between 8:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. Learn more!

For more information about the January fare changes, including pass price changes, please visit SFMTA.

Using Clipper on Muni

You can use Clipper on all Muni bus, historic streetcar, Muni Metro light-rail and cable car service. Clipper automatically figures out the cost of your ride, including all discounts and transfers. See Fares and passes for more information on the types of value available.

If you are paying for your ride with cash value, you must have a minimum balance of $1.75 on an adult Clipper card or $1 on a Senior, Youth or RTC Clipper card. Otherwise, no minimum cash value balance is required.

To use your Clipper card on most Muni services, locate a card reader on the vehicle or fare gate. 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 either verify you have a valid pass and display the expiration date, or it will deduct the cash 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, but you will need to add value to your card before you pay your next fare. 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.

When you board a cable car, the conductor will use a handheld card reader to deduct the correct fare from your card or confirm that you have a valid pass.


You must tag your Clipper card to the card reader on a Muni vehicle or at a station fare gate every time you board, regardless of whether you are paying with cash value or a pass, except as noted below. Fare inspectors conduct random checks with handheld card readers to ensure that Clipper customers have tagged their cards properly. Your tag is your proof to operators and fare inspectors that you have either paid your fare or are within the free transfer period.

NOTE: 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 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 no station agent is present, enter the automatic gate next to the booth.

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

Download the Clipper on Muni guide.


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