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Fare Guide

IMPORTANT TICKET EXPIRATION POLICY UPDATE – Learn more here.

Ticket prices vary by route and distance traveled. Once you determine your itinerary, this guide will help you determine your fare and explain how to pay.

Simplified Instructions

A brief explanation for less reading and more riding:

Bus

$1.80-$55.75
(One-Way)

Fares are priced by number of zones traveled.

Step 1 Download the NJ TRANSIT App.
Step 2 Create an account and enter your credit/debit card information. (No card? No problem. You can use cash in the app.)
Step 3 Tap Buy Tickets, Bus, and Origin & Destination. If connecting between buses, buy a ticket for each leg of your trip.
Step 4 Activate your ticket when boarding and show it to the driver.

Consult full guide below if...

  • Your route, origin, or destination isn’t appearing.
  • You don’t have a smartphone.
  • You are transferring to light rail.

Light Rail

$1.80-$2.55
(One-Way)

Fares are priced by route.

Step 1 Download the NJ TRANSIT App. (Tickets are also available from vending machines on the platform.)
Step 2 Create an account and enter your credit/debit card information. (No card? No problem. You can use cash in the app.)
Step 3 Tap Buy Tickets, Light Rail and select your route of travel.
Step 4 Activate your ticket before boarding and retain it throughout your trip. (Insert in validator if using paper tickets.)

Consult full guide below if...

  • You are transferring to a bus.
  • You are traveling between underground stations on Newark Light Rail.

Rail

$1.70-$23.85
(One-Way)

Fares are priced by origin and destination.

Step 1 Download the NJ TRANSIT App. (Tickets are also available from vending machines on the platform.)
Step 2 Create an account and enter your credit/debit card information. (No card? No problem. You can use cash in the app.)
Step 3 Tap Buy Tickets, Rail and select your origin & destination stations.
Step 4 Keep your ticket with you and show it to a conductor when asked.

Consult full guide below if...

  • If you are traveling to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).
  • You are transferring between Newark Broad and Newark Penn via light rail.

The prices above are for passengers paying full fare. Passengers between 5-11 years or above 62 years of age pay a discounted rate, listed below.

Full Fare Guides

A detailed explanation of NJ TRANSIT’s fare system:

Bus Full Fare Guide

Paying Without a Smartphone

Bus tickets can be purchased at ticket vending machines located in bus terminals or at ticket windows in major bus terminals. Cash is accepted on board. On some routes (noted on schedules), drivers will make change when paying with $20 bills or smaller. Buses requiring exact fare will be indicated on their schedule. Passengers boarding at the Port Authority or GWB terminals must purchase tickets before boarding.

Tap & Ride
Riders can now pay with a credit card on all buses. Click HERE for more info.


Fare Zones

Bus routes are divided into fare zones. The number of zones on your ticket must match the number of zones you travel through on that leg of your trip. Your ticket must also be “interstate” for trips crossing state lines.

Graphic Explaining How Transfer and Override Fees Work

Determining Zones
If you can’t find your ticket by Origin & Destination, you can find the number of zones in your trip by consulting the route’s schedule or the trip planner. Once you know the number of zones, select Route & Zone, choose your route, and enter the number of zones you are traveling.

  • By Bus Schedule
    On the bus schedule page, select your route and open the PDF schedule. Go to the route diagram and count the dashed boundaries.
  • By Trip Planner
    On the Trip Planner page, enter your origin, destination, and time of travel. Select your itinerary and you will see the number of zones on each leg. (The Trip Planner is also available in the NJ TRANSIT app under Rider Tools.)

Fare Charts
Tickets with the same number of zones are priced differently for trips in North Jersey and South Jersey, and by whether the trip crosses state lines. There is also a special fare system for express trips between Central Jersey and North Jersey.

  • North Jersey Intrastate: Fare Chart
    Applies to trips within New Jersey on routes north of Lakewood or east of Princeton. Trips to Easton, PA also pay North Jersey Intrastate fares.
  • South Jersey Intrastate: Fare Chart
    Applies to trips within New Jersey on routes south of Lakewood or west of Princeton.
  • North Jersey Interstate: Fare Chart
    Applies to trips to or within New York State.
  • South Jersey Interstate: Fare Chart
    Applies to trips to or within Philadelphia
  • Intracommuter: Fare Chart
    Applies for express trips on routes 63, 64, 67, 68, and 319 between Essex and Hudson Counties and destinations south of the Raritan River.

Transfers

Some trips require connecting between different bus routes, called “transferring”. If you are transferring between two bus trip legs within New Jersey, you can purchase separate tickets for each leg. Or you can save $0.95-$1.00 on your trip by purchasing a transfer ticket on board. Transfers are not issued or accepted for Interstate trips.

Purchasing a Transfer Ticket
When you board the first bus of your trip, ask the driver for a transfer ticket and pay $0.85 if traveling in North Jersey or $0.80 if traveling in South Jersey. Transfers must be purchased in cash, and drivers will not make change on exact fare routes. Transfer tickets are valid on bus or light rail for two hours after purchase. Transfers are valid for traveling one zone on the second leg of your trip.

Traveling More than One Zone After Transferring
If traveling more than one zone after transferring, you will have to pay an override fee on the second bus when redeeming your transfer. The override fee is calculated by subtracting $1.80 from what the trip leg would have cost if purchased as a stand-alone ticket. (Passengers paying the discounted rate subtract $0.85.) Override fees must be paid in cash, and drivers will not make change on exact fare routes.

Trips With Two or More Transfers
You can’t use a transfer ticket to get another transfer ticket. This means if your trip has three bus legs, you can only buy a transfer for one leg.

Transferring to Light Rail
If you will be transferring from a bus route to light rail, follow the transfer purchase instructions above to purchase a transfer ticket when boarding the bus. When riding the light rail, keep the transfer ticket with you throughout your trip. Transfer tickets remain valid for two hours after purchase.

Continuing Trip Tickets 
Some transfers between specific routes allow customers to pay for multiple legs with a single ticket for no additional charge. Check your schedule to see if Continuing Trip Tickets are offered on your trip.


Route, Origin, or Destination Not Appearing

If your origin, destination, or route does not appear when buying tickets in the NJ TRANSIT App, tap the profile circle in the top left, select User Profile, and then change your zip code from one in North Jersey to one in South Jersey or vice versa. The NJ TRANSIT App uses the profile zip code to geographically filter which routes the customer can see. Zip codes inside the city limits of Philadelphia are treated as South Jersey while all other out-of-state zip codes are treated as North Jersey.

Light Rail Full Fare Guide

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail

Base Fare $2.55
Senior/Child/Disabled: $1.25

Unless transferring, select One Way. Once purchased, tickets remain active for 60 minutes and can be used to transfer between light rail trains.

Transferring to a Bus
Transfer tickets are available only from light rail ticket vending machines. On a machine. Select One Way with Transfer. Use the ticket to board your bus when transferring.

  • If traveling more than one zone after transferring, consult Bus Full Fare Guide.

Newark Light Rail

Base Fare: $1.80
Senior/Child/Disabled: $0.85

Transferring to a Bus
When transferring from Newark Light Rail to a bus, the number of zones on the ticket must match the total number of zones traveled in the trip. So if you transferred from Newark Light Rail to a bus and then rode two zones, you would need a three zone ticket to make the trip.

In the NJ TRANSIT App, select Buy Tickets, Light Rail, Newark Light Rail, then select the total number of zones you will travel. On a Newark Light Rail ticket vending machine, select More Light Rail Tickets in the bottom right of the screen. Follow checkout prompts, validate your ticket before riding the light rail and use your ticket when boarding your bus.

Underground Station Tickets
If traveling between two of Newark Light Rail’s underground stations (Warren St, Washington St, Military Park or Newark Penn), you can purchase a $0.85 underground station ticket. Underground station tickets are not available in the app and only available from ticket vending machines. Underground tickets are not accepted on outbound trips during evening rush hour (Monday through Friday, between 4-pm and 6-pm).


River LINE

Base Fare: $1.80
Senior/Child/Disabled: $0.85

Unless transferring, select One Way. Once purchased, tickets remain active for 75 minutes.

Transferring to a Bus
Select One Way with Transfer if transferring to reach destinations within New Jersey. Intrastate transfers are available only from ticket vending machines. If transferring to NJ TRANSIT buses in Camden for travel to Philadelphia, select One Way Philadelphia Continuing Trip. Interstate tickets are also available in the NJ TRANSIT App.

  • If traveling more than one zone after transferring, consult Bus Full Fare Guide.
Rail Full Fare Guide

Transferring in Secaucus Junction (MetLife Stadium Tickets Included)
Most transfers at Secaucus Junction require you to go through the station’s turnstiles. Hold your ticket under the scanner to your right to open the gate.

Change in Terminal Fee
If you purchased a ticket to/from Hoboken Terminal but wish to travel to/from New York instead, you may pay a flat $4.85 fee to change your ticket’s terminal. (If traveling to/from trains other than the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast or Raritan Valley lines, the fee is $3.45. Unless traveling from Denville or points west, in which case, the fee is $4.85.) Only cash is accepted on board.

“Via Secaucus” Tickets on Newark Light Rail
Tickets marked for travel "via Secaucus" between Morris & Essex or Montclair-Boonton lines and Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line, or Raritan Valley Line stations may be used on Newark Light Rail for connections between Newark Broad Street and Newark Penn stations at no additional cost. These tickets may not be used on other light rail lines or on buses.

Tickets to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
When you purchase a rail ticket to/from EWR, the Port Authority’s AirTrain fare will be included in your ticket. Keep your ticket with you to enter the AirTrain fare gates. If you don’t have a ticket, you can also pay at the turnstiles at the Newark Airport station.

Using Rail Passes for Bus and Light Rail Trips
All monthly rail passes (not flex passes) are valid for bus or light rail trips up to the number of zones printed on the ticket. Read more HERE.

Atlantic City Rail Line Cross-Honoring
Atlantic City Rail Line tickets are honored on bus routes 551 and 554 when traveling between the stations printed on the ticket.

Special Excursion Fares

NJ TRANSIT offers special fare packages for select trips:

Atlantic City Excursion Fares
Round-trips between Atlantic City and select cities can be bought at a discounted rate in the NJ TRANSIT App or from ticket offices.

Those traveling to Atlantic City from New York City, Jersey City or Newark on Bus Route 319 can purchase a round-trip for $48.30, with the tickets expiring 10 days after purchase.

Those traveling to Atlantic City from Philadelphia on Bus Route 551 can purchase a round-trip for $23, with the tickets expiring 10 days after purchase.

Cape May and Wildwood Excursion Fares
Passengers riding Bus Route 316 from Philadelphia can purchase round-trip excursion tickets for $34.50 for travel to Wildwood and $37.95 for travel to Cape May. Tickets are available in the NJ TRANSIT App or from ticket vending machines in Philadelphia.

Monmouth Park
The Monmouth Park Package provides riders with round-trip transportation and general admission to the Monmouth Park Racetrack for just $4.00 above the regular round-trip fare. Purchase the package from a Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) at any NJ TRANSIT train station by choosing “Beach/Monmouth Park Packages” and then selecting “Monmouth Park Racetrack,” or purchase at any ticket office. Monmouth Park Packages cannot be purchased aboard trains or with the NJ TRANSIT App. Check here for details.

Weekend Beach Package (Asbury Park & Ocean Grove)
Our special Beach Package includes round-trip transportation on rail and discounted admission to beaches at Asbury Park or Ocean Grove for just $4.00 above the regular round-trip fare. Tickets can only be purchased and used on weekends and holidays between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. Retain your tickets and present them at the beach admission gate. At Asbury Park, children 12 and under, and at Ocean Grove children 11 and under, have free beach admission when accompanied by an adult.

Bus Route 137 to Seaside Heights and Island Beach State Park
During the summer, Route 137 offers service from Port Authority Bus Terminal to Seaside Heights and Island Beach State Park. Round-trip tickets from New York can be purchased for $56.35. Round-trip tickets are also available from Jersey City for $37.95 and Newark for $36.80, via a transfer in Toms River.