Our fare boxes accept COTA issued passes and transfer as well as cash only – both bills and coins. Be sure to have exact change when boarding. Free transfer available upon request, valid for two hours.
Customers who purchase a single-trip bus fare can transfer to another bus line of the same type or same line in the same direction without charge. Transfers are valid for two hours from time of issue. Transfers between bus types, such as from a Local to an Express route, are subject to an up-charge. Ask your bus operator for transfers when you board the bus.
If you plan to ride regularly, COTA offers one-day, seven-day and 31-Day bus passes.
You can buy an adult one-day pass on the bus.
Buy 7-Day and 31-Day Passes, at participating Kroger and Giant Eagle stores and at the William J. Lhota Building, COTA Pass Sales, 33 N. High Street.
Summer Youth Passes
and OSU Opt-In Passes
sold at 33 N. High Street.
Click here for a complete list of COTA pass outlets
Multi-Use Bus Ticket
Use COTA's new Ticket Vending Machine
located at COTA's Office, 33 N. High St. in Downtown Columbus to buy multi-trip tickets anytime. You can also buy multiple tickets and passes at one time
and activate them when you want to.
The machine accepts cash and credit cards and provides you your ticket immediately. Simply take your ticket, receipt and change.
Look on the back of your ticket to confirm the number of trips purchased. The next time you hop on a bus, activate your ticket. Each time you ride, the fare box will stamp your ride. Once all rides are used, the ticket will be stamped "EXPIRED TICKET".
For a Complete Listing
Click here to download our Rate Card for a complete listing of bus fares.
Rate card is also available in Spanish and Somali.
Read about COTA's procedures for public input on service changes and fare changes.