Clipper Basics | Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit

Clipper Basics

SMART uses Clipper®, the Bay Area’s all-in-one transit card, for payment and does not accept cash fare. You can use the following types of value on Clipper to ride SMART:

  • Cash value – accepted on all participating Clipper transit agencies.
  • SMART 31-day pass – good for unlimited rides on SMART for 31 consecutive days from the date of first use.

Get a Card: You can get an adult card at any SMART fare machine, online at, or at participating transit agency ticket offices and retailers. Discount Clipper cards and discount fares and passes are available for passengers with disabilities. Visit for information on how to apply for a discount card. Discount Clipper cards are not available at SMART stations.

Youth (ages 0-18) and seniors (ages 65+) ride fare free on SMART.

Adults (19-64) living in the Bay Area who meet low-income limits qualify for a 50% discount on single-ride fares through the Clipper START program. To apply, visit

Add Value: Add cash value or a 31-day pass to an adult, youth, senior or RTC Clipper card at any fare machine at SMART stations, online at, or at participating transit agency ticket offices and retailers.


Transfer Discounts: SMART passengers who pay with Clipper receive a $1.50 discount ($0.75 for youth, seniors and passengers with disabilities) when transferring to Golden Gate Transit, Marin Transit, Petaluma Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus or Sonoma County Transit. The same discount applies when you transfer from one of these public transit providers to SMART and pay with cash value. Transfers are not available with the SMART mobile app.