Discount Fares

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Helping You Get You There for Half the Price

When it comes to paying COTA fares, we want to make certain everyone is able to ride COTA. To help ensure that more people are able to get to and from their destinations, we offer discounted fares to select groups. This includes riders with disabilities, seniors, students and others.

Persons eligible for half-price fares include:

  • People 65 years of age or older. A Senior ID is valid for three years and requires only a photo ID with your birth date.
  • Persons with disabilities who are, according to Federal and State law, “unable without special facilities or special planning or design to utilize public transportation facilities and services effectively.” [49 USC 1608 (c)(4), Section 99206.5, CA PUC]. Learn more about accessibility for disabled riders.
  • Medicare card holders who have a Key ID, which can be acquired by presenting a Medicare card, a photo ID and by completing the reduced fare application.
  • Present your Veteran ID Card (VIC) to the Guest Services counter in the Customer Experience Center. The discount card is valid for two years. To learn more, read the discount fare brochure.
  • Enrolled students at The Ohio State University, Capital University, Columbus College of Art and Design, and students attending Columbus City Schools, who have an ID displaying the COTA logo. Students must be currently enrolled and swipe a valid ID when boarding the bus. To get more details, read about our student discounts.
Fare Option Regular Fares Reduced Rate Fares
Standard and Frequent $2.00 $1.00
Transfers Free* Free
With ADA Card Free Free
DayPass $4.50 $2.25
31-Day Pass $62.00 $31.00

*Free transfers are available upon request and are valid for up to two hours.