Clipper® is the Bay Area’s all-in-one transit card, with discounts for youth, seniors, people with disabilities and people with low incomes.

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Clipper is the Bay Area’s easiest way to pay for transit by bus, train or ferry. Accepted by all of the Bay Area’s 20+ different transit agencies, your Clipper card holds cash value, transit passes or a combination. Clipper can also be used to unlock Bay Wheels bike share bikes.


Learn more about Clipper, including how to get and use your card.

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Clipper cards can be reloaded online, at self-service machines in stations and at terminals, and in person at transit agency ticket offices and Clipper Customer Service Centers.

Access for More Riders

Youth, seniors, riders with disabilities or low incomes all get a break with reduced fares and discounted passes. Apply for your discounted card and save every time you ride.

Youth & Seniors

Youth and seniors can apply for reduced fares and access to discounted passes. Learn how to apply.

Youth & Senior Cards
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Low-income Riders: Clipper® START℠

Clipper’s innovative pilot program offers fare discounts to adults with low incomes.

Clipper START
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Accessible Transit: Regional Transit Connection (RTC) Clipper Card

The RTC Clipper Card brings discounted transit to disabled riders under age 65.

RTC Clipper
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Clipper BayPass Pilot Program

The Clipper BayPass pilot program is designed to measure how an all-system pass could impact travel in the Bay Area.

Learn more about Clipper BayPass.
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Clipper Two

The next generation of Clipper – known as Clipper 2 – is coming in 2024. View the presentation and video recording of the September 8, 2023 Regional Network Management Committee meeting, which includes which includes details on:

New Equipment

  • On-board card readers and driver units on public transit vehicles
  • Clipper card readers at rail gates
  • On-platform standalone card readers
  • Customer service terminals
  • Handheld retail and inspection devices

More Payment Options

  • Plastic Clipper card
  • Mobile wallet: Apple Pay or Google Pay
  • Major contactless credit/debit card

Customer Improvements

  • Account and fund balance management
  • Customer service by phone or chat
  • Discounts, promotions and equity programs
  • Group travel options
  • New ways to use Clipper as a payment option (paratransit, micromobility, etc.)

Clipper 2 Project Schedule

Milestone Rollout Period
Equipment Installation 2022-2024
Account-Based System Testing 2022-2023
Transition Pilot Test 2023-2024
Customer Transition from Clipper to Clipper 2 2024
How to Use Clipper on iPhone or Android Phones

Visit the Clipper Card Youtube channel for video tutorials on how to use Clipper on your phone.