Fares

Determining Your Zone

Fares for Xpress routes are set by distance traveled and, in some cases, by route operator. Each route’s specific fare can be found on its route page along with links to purchase the proper passes.

Xpress Green and Blue Zone
The majority of Xpress routes are operated directly by GRTA will have a fare classification as either Green or Blue Zone, depending on the park-and-ride location the route serves. Routes serving park-and-ride locations further away from Atlanta are in the Blue Zone, while those routes serving locations closer to Atlanta are in the Green Zone

Xpress Price How to Purchase and Redeem
Product Xpress Green Zone Xpress Blue Zone Cash (Use exact cash on coach) Breeze (Load at Breeze Kiosk or online at www.breezecard.com) Xpress Passes (Purchase at xpressga.com or in GRTA offices)
One-Way $3 $4 use stored cash value
Round-Trip $5 $7 -must request from driver -must be used same day
10-Trip $25 $35
31-Day $100 $125

Cobb and Xpress Fares
Some Xpress routes are operated on our behalf by our transit partners at Cobb Community Transit (CCT). Those routes use CCT’s fares and pass products, and Xpress passes are not valid. Each route’s specific fare can be found on its route page along with links to purchase the proper passes.
CCT passes may be purchased at 463 Commerce Park Dr., between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Passes are also available at the Customer Service Center at the Marietta Transfer Center, 800 S. Marietta Parkway, from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday-Friday. If you have questions, please call CCT Customer Service at 770-427-4444

You may also purchase fares at the CCT website or www.breezecard.com

CCT Price How to Purchase and Redeem
Product CCT Cash (Use exact cash on coach) Breeze (Load at Breeze Kiosk or online at Breezecard.com) CCT Passes (Purchase on CCT’s website or in CCT’s offices)
One-Way $5 (use stored cash value)
20-Trip $65
31-Day $125

Picking Your Pass

To ride Xpress you may pay for your fare in one of three ways: Cash, Breeze, or Xpress pass. Customers also have several options for purchasing multi-ride passes on any of our routes. Xpress offers One-Way, Round-Trip, 10-Ride or 31-Day passes.

One-Way
One-Way fares may be paid onboard the coach using exact cash or by using “stored cash value” that has been loaded onto a Breeze card.

Round-Trip (valid only for the same day)
Round-Trip fares may be paid onboard the coach using exact cash or by loading a Round-Trip product onto a Breeze card. When paying with cash, please request a round trip from the driver before depositing your fare into the fare box. Round-Trip passes are only valid the same day as their first use.

10-Ride
Xpress 10-Ride passes are valid for 10 one-way trips.

31-Day
Xpress 31-Day passes are valid for 30 days after their initial use and do not follow a monthly calendar.


How to Buy and Redeem Your Fare

Paying with Cash
One-way and round-trip fares may be paid in exact cash (no change given). Please alert your driver if you intend to purchase a round-trip ticket.
Cash
Cash is recommended if:
You want to try Xpress for the first time
You are an occasional rider

Cash is NOT recommended if:
You need to transfer to or from MARTA
You don’t have exact change
You would like a multi-trip discount



Paying with Breeze
Using a Breeze card is the easiest way to pay your fare for metro Atlanta’s major transit agencies. It utilizes smart card technology to load, store and redeem numerous types of fare products as well as allowing transfers between transit systems. Xpress accepts Breeze cards on all of our routes, including those operated CCT.
MARTA Breeze Card


Breeze is recommended if:
You want a FREE transfer to or from MARTA
You want your pass available quickly
You only want to keep up with one card
You want to use more than one type of pass product

Breeze is NOT recommended if:
You obtain your pass through your employer

Pay-as-you-exit
There is a new fare collection method on our routes during the afternoon (NOTE: this change does not apply to Route 408). Customers will pay for their trip in the afternoons before exiting the bus at the park-and-ride lots. Why? This change allows you to board the bus faster in the afternoon and keep the buses from getting delayed along their routes


Products Available
Customers can use Round-Trip, 10-Ride, and 31-Day passes for all Xpress operated routes. Customers may also use “stored cash value” to pay a one-way fare or to pay fare differences between zones.

Using more than one fare zone or pass product
If you have a Green Zone pass and are traveling on a route designated as Blue Zone, an additional $1 (referred to as an “upcharge”) is required to board the coach. You may pay the upcharge by swiping your Green Zone pass and then placing $1 exact cash in the fare box.

A Blue Zone pass is valid on all Blue and Green Zone routes for the convenience of customers who regularly use more than one route. Please note: If you use a Blue Zone pass on a Green Zone route, you will be charged at the Blue Zone rate. We strongly recommend that customers who regularly ride both Green and Blue Zone routes buy Green Zone passes and pay any additional upcharges using cash. This is the most effective way to ensure customers are paying the proper fare.

Additionally, customers who wish to ride both GRTA Xpress routes and GCT or CCT routes can load each system’s fare product onto Breeze to avoid having to carry multiple fare products. All GRTA Xpress, GCT and CCT buses accept Breeze cards, and Breeze allows you to have up to four separate fare products at the same time. The correct fare product will automatically be used when a customer taps the card on the bus. Customers also have the option to add stored cash value on the card that will deduct either fare price.

All Sales Final
All pass sales are final. No refunds or exchanges are available. GRTA will not replace lost or stolen Xpress passes. Please sign the back of your pass and write down the serial number in case your pass is lost and located.


How to Buy
Visit breezecard.com or any Breeze Vending Machine at the MARTA rail stations to obtain a card, purchase passes, and load “stored cash value.”
Breeze_vending_machine

How to redeem
Each coach has a Breeze card reader next to the fare box, and customers can simply tap their card on the reader when boarding the coach in the morning and when exiting the coach in the afternoon.
How to Redeem

How to Transfer to and from MARTA
Customers who wish to transfer between Xpress and MARTA must use a Breeze card for their pass. When using a Breeze card to transfer between Xpress and MARTA, simply tap onto an Xpress coach or onto MARTA and a free transfer will automatically be loaded onto your Breeze card. You will then have 3 hours to transfer to the other transit system for free.

Expiration Dates
Products loaded onto Breeze cards never expire; however, only 4 different products may be loaded at one time.


Paying with Xpress Passes
Xpress passes are magnetic tickets, similar to what you might receive at a parking garage.
sample_passes
Xpress Passes are recommended if:
You prefer to order through the Xpress online store or visit our office
You obtain your pass through your employer

Xpress Passes are NOT recommended if:
You want a FREE transfer to or from MARTA
You want your pass available quickly


Products Available

Xpress Passes are available for 10-Ride, and 31-Day pass products.
How to Buy
1. Online: 10-Ride, and 31-Day passes may be ordered at our online sales website. Passes generally ship the next business day, but orders may take up to ten (10) business days to arrive.

2. In person: Passes may be purchased at the GRTA office located in Peachtree Center (Marquis One Tower, Suite 400, 245 Peachtree Center Ave., Atlanta, GA 30303) between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday-Friday. PLEASE NOTE: Cobb Community Transit (CCT) and passes are not sold at this location.

3. Mail or Fax: Passes can be purchased using our Mail/Fax Order form

How to redeem
Xpress passes are read by the fare box on the front of the coach near the driver. If you have a 31-Day Xpress pass, simply slide your card on the fare box just as you would your credit card at the grocery store. The fare box will read the magnetic strip and alert the driver that your pass is valid. If you have a 10-ride Xpress pass, slide your card into the card slot and the fare box will read the card, print the date and time on the back and return it to you. If you have trouble getting the fare box to read your card, let your driver know and he or she will be happy to help you.
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Expiration Dates
Xpress Passes have an expiration date printed on the back of the pass. Please contact Customer Service if you have any questions.


Discounted Fares

Children
Children may ride without paying a fare, provided:
1. The child is no taller than the fare box,
2. The child is 6 years old or younger, AND
3. The child rides in the lap of his or her parent or guardian.
All strollers and car seats not in use must be stored under the coach during trip. If the child is placed in a car seat on a coach seat, then the parent or guardian must pay the fare for that child.