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Where can I buy fare products?

Fare products are sold through approximately 275 retail distributors throughout the City along with about 275 schools. Find these locations at Where to Buy.

Changes in store ownership, payment types, sales levels and other business considerations beyond the control of ETS may result in changes to the availability in a particular area. If you find that ETS fare product is difficult to purchase in your community, use our ETS Commendations or Concerns form to send your suggestions to ETS and we will follow-up with a review of the area.

For added convenience, most fare products can also be purchased through our online store. Online purchases will be delivered to your location of choice within 3-5 days for a nominal fee.

When will ETS introduce an electronic fare?

The introduction of electronic fare equipment will enable new payment options.  We are currently working toward implementing such a system and hope to award a contract in the near future. More information about SmartFare can be found under Future Transit.

Why doesn’t ETS offer an Annual Adult Pass?

As part of the introduction of the smart fare system, ETS is researching annual adult passes. Under a SmartFare system, customers would be protected from the financial loss if their annual pass was lost or stolen.

As our current system uses physical products, customers would be out the money they paid for the pass if it was lost or stolen; and the financial loss associated with an annual pass would be significantly larger than for a monthly pass. A smart fare system will also allow Edmonton Transit to introduce other payment options that customers might find attractive, for example a five-day pass or a 30 day pass that begins on the first day of use rather than a defined calendar period.

Why do ETS bus tickets have expiry dates?
The expiration date helps protect against the potential counterfeiting of transit tickets, in addition to making routine design changes. Tickets are produced with an expiry date of at least two years out and are pulled from the shelf a year in advance. This provides ample time (a year or more) for the purchaser to use any tickets they have purchased. As a courtesy and a sign of good faith, Edmonton Transit also allows expired tickets to be exchanged for new tickets for the first 30 days after the expiry date.
Why does Route 747 use different fare product than regular ETS service?
Route 747 is provided in partnership with the Edmonton Airports Authority. The transit fares charged on this route help offset the operating costs. The rates are comparable to other inter-municipal fares throughout the region.

For business travellers looking for a receipt for transportation costs to the airport, we recommend that you purchase a strip of adult tickets. Tickets can be purchased via our online store. ETS is currently unable to provide receipts for one-time fare purchases.
Why is there a difference between regional and local fare prices?

 Edmonton Transit works with each municipality to coordinate transit services. However, each municipality has authority over their own fare policy since transit fares help offset the operating costs and the tax levy that subsidizes the service provided.

The fares for inter-municipal transit trips are typically higher than local fares because of the longer distances and the higher operating costs to provide these services. Most ETS fare products can be used to travel to surrounding areas with an additional cross border surcharge. The surcharge is necessary to ensure that the sale of regional fare product is not undermined.

The introduction of electronic fare equipment will is supported by the Capital Region Board and will enable better and more convenient integration of transit fares throughout the region. For more information on each individual region, see Regional Service.

I would like to claim transit expenses for income tax purposes, how can I do so?

Canada Revenue Agency allows a tax deduction on Monthly Transit Passes. This deduction currently only works on monthly transit passes, not tickets, day passes, convention pass or any other special event fare. The retailer where a pass purchased should provide a receipt for purchase. In combination with the pass itself, which should also be kept, the purchase receipt provides sufficient support for the tax claim. Further information can be found at the CRA website.

Schools will provide receipts for Youth Monthly Passes purchased through that school. Post-Secondary institutions will also provide a receipt for the U-Pass, post-secondary discounted pass and our regular monthly Adult pass.

What’s the first day I have to be using that month’s pass?

You need to present your new pass on the 1st of that month. Your pass is valid from the 1st to the last day of that month. There is no grace period policy. All patrons boarding a transit vehicle are expected to present valid fare. Bus Operator's however are encouraged to use their discretion regarding fare enforcement; the driver’s decision is final. Be sure to have your proof of payment on you, or you may incur a fine. Your pass, ticket or transfer is your proof of payment, receipts will not be accepted as valid proof of payment.

How long is my transfer good for?

ETS transfers (or time stamped tickets) expire 90 minutes from time of issue. Currently, the longest single unlinked trip on ETS takes about 75 minutes. A 90 minute transfer therefore allows sufficient time to transfer between vehicles for those that need to do so to complete their trip. Unlike in many other cities, transit users in Edmonton can use their transfer to make a return trip so long as they board within the 90 minute transfer period.  ETS continually monitors trip times and will reevaluate the transfer period as trip distances and times increase with the City’s growth.

How old do I need to be to qualify for a seniors pass?

For a “Senior” fare product, Edmonton Transit uses the commonly accepted industry standard of 65 years. For more information on the Seniors pass, check Seniors Fare.

What is the U-Pass?

The U-Pass provides eligible students at participating institutions with unlimited travel on regular ETS service (including DATS), as well as on St. Albert Transit and Strathcona County transit systems. For more information about the AISH pass, visit U-Pass.

Will there be a low income pass/fare?

The subsidized monthly transit pass program for low income Edmontonians begins on September 1, 2017. For more information see the Ride Transit Program.

Why are tickets cheaper per ride than cash fare is?

On a per trip basis, ticket users pay less than cash users and pass purchasers pay less than ticket users. ETS offers a discount to riders purchasing a strip of tickets, as they are pre purchasing ten trips.

What can I do if the store I purchase my fare product through is charging an additional fee?

Authorized ETS Outlets are not permitted to charge more for ETS Fare product than the price set by the City of Edmonton. However some outlets have implemented fees to offset the cost of processing credit and debit card payment. While we discourage retailers from charging these extra fees, we are unable to directly control this inconvenience. If you encounter an outlet charging such fees, you are encouraged to purchase your fare product elsewhere.

Are there travel options for a family?

ETS currently has a Day Pass available to families that accommodates one adult and up to four children twelve and under to travel. If there is more than one adult traveling at a time, those adults will be required to purchase an adult fare. The Day Pass allows for unlimited travel on all ETS buses and LRT for one full service day. See Day Pass for information.

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