SF Bay Ferry Fare and
Minimum Balance Changes

On July 1, 2016, SF Bay Ferry fares are increasing. Additionally, the required minimum balance to ride SF Bay Ferry is increasing as follows:

Minimum Balance
Fare Type Prior to
July 1, 2016
As of
July 1, 2016
Adult $1.50 $1.60
Youth, Senior, RTC $0.75 $0.80

Don’t get caught short! Prepare for these changes:

Manage your transit benefits
Contact your transit benefits 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: No refunds will be granted for costs resulting from blocked Clipper cards. Please manage your Clipper card account to prepare for these upcoming fare increases.

Questions about these fare changes? Visit SF Bay Ferry for details.

Using Clipper on SF Bay Ferry

Clipper is accepted on the following SF Bay Ferry routes:

  • South San Francisco/Alameda/Oakland
  • Alameda Main Street/Oakland/San Francisco
  • Alameda Harbor Bay/San Francisco
  • Vallejo/San Francisco

SF Bay Ferry does not accept Clipper on its AT&T Park or Angel Island routes. Please visit SF Bay Ferry website to find out how to purchase tickets for these routes.

You can use cash value on your Clipper card to ride the ferry. You must have a minimum balance of $1.60 on an adult card or 80 cents on a Youth, Senior or RTC Clipper card. Clipper automatically figures out the cost of your ride, including all discounts and transfers.See Fares and passes for more information.

Tagging On and Off

To use Clipper on SF Bay Ferry, locate the Clipper card reader at the ferry terminal. Tag your card by holding it flat against the Clipper logo on the reader, and wait for the beep and green light. Then continue to board.

When you exit the ferry, tag off at a card reader at your destination terminal. This ensures Clipper charges you the correct fare.

At Pier 41, a ferry employee will help you tag on and off with a handheld card reader when boarding and exiting.

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.

Download the Clipper on SF Bay Ferry guide.

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