When to Pay
Pay when you enter the front of the bus or at a validator BEFORE you enter a light rail vehicle. At low-level stops where no validator exists, pay when you board the first car.
If you are in the free light rail zone and traveling outside the free zone, pay BEFORE you enter the vehicle.
How to Pay
Simply tap your ConnectCard on the orange pad on top of the fare box and be on your way. If your trip requires a transfer, simply tap your card on the farebox of your transfer vehicle and $1 will automatically be deducted from your stored value.
Port Authority buses also accept cash, however vehicle operators and off-board fare collectors do not carry change nor do they make change. Riders must pay with exact fare. All cash and coins must be deposited in the farebox by the rider. Our fareboxes accept bills up to $20 (excluding $2 bills) and all coins except for pennies and 50-cent coins.
Port Authority no longer provides paper transfers. Riders paying with cash will be required to pay for a full fare every trip.
Riders using passes or ID cards (such as senior citizens or students/staff in our university pass program) should show their pass to the vehicle operator, except for ConnectCard users and university smart card users, who should tap their cards on the orange pad on the farebox.
Fare Evasion Policy
All persons determined to be using fraudulent fare instruments will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.