Fares and Passes

Welcome to
CARTA Transit System

CARTA stands for: Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority. CARTA offers Fixed-route, Flex Service, Express commute service, and Paratransit service throughout the Charleston Metropolitan area, including The Trolley (DASH) service in the Historic Peninsula area of the Charleston.

This site provides information about how the system can take you almost anywhere your life takes you in the Charleston Metro area including work, shopping, hospitals, schools, and much more.


We want to make your ride simple and easy. There are several options available to pay for your trip. There are also several programs available that offer special and discounted rates for eligible individuals, including seniors and the disabled. Click on one of the pages below for more info.

General Fares and Passes
Learn about how much it cost per trip, how to pay for your trip, and the passes available that make riding even more convenient.

Special/Discount Fares
Find out about senior fares and discount fares for low income and for the disabled.

Where to Buy Passes
CARTA passes are sold at locations throughout the Charleston area. View this list to find a location near you.

Purchase Passes Online
An even easier & more convenient way to purchase passes is online. Click on this page to place your order today.

Students on CARTA
Find out more about student passes and pass programs at various schools in the Charleston area.

School Groups
School interested in taking groups on CARTA for outings & field trips, click on this page to find out the process and possible discounts.

Pass Programs
Businesses throughout the area often encourage their employees to ride CARTA. Find out about businesses that participate in CARTA’s pass program.