Fares & Passes

Information on fares, discounts for senior, disabled, low-income and student riders, plus deets on where to buy passes. That’s the ticket!

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Passes are great if you ride regularly, prefer not to carry exact change, or are visiting and plan to use CARTA services to get around Charleston. Passes are accepted on all regular fixed route buses, while premium services like Express will require a up-charge.

Note: Update 11/2019–Weekly passes for fixed route and Express routes NOW AVAILABLE. 

For questions regarding eligibility and requirements, email askcarta@ridecarta.com or call (843) 724-7420.

Please note: CARTA does not replace or refund lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed passes. If you have questions or concerns regarding your pass purchase, please contact administration at (843) 724-7420.

Mobile Passes

Mobile Passes are NOW AVAILABLE!

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Buy your passes anywhere anytime and use instantly! CARTA customers can now purchase individual trip and ride passes on their smartphones and use that digital pass to board the bus using the Token Transit app. The app also allows you to buy digital passes or tickets and send it directly to a smart phone of your choice. (App must be downloaded to use the digital ticket).

Buy Online

Up to 10 passes can be purchased in a single order; if you are interested in ordering more than 10, or if you have any questions about an order, please contact Rainee Kearney at rkearney@ridecarta.com or calling at (843) 737-8272.

Contact Rainee Kearney at rkearney@ridecarta.com or calling at (843) 737-8272 with questions or order updates.

Not sure which pass to purchase? Plan your trip below to see where CARTA can take you.

Buy In Person

Mt. Pleasant
Mt. Pleasant Visitor Center
99 Harry M. Hallman Blvd
Mon – Sun, 9am-5pm

North Charleston
Main Office
3664 Leeds Ave.
Mon-Fri, 8:30am – 5pm
(843) 724-7420

North Charleston
SC Works Career Center
1930 Hanahan Road
Mon – Fri, 8:30am-5pm
(843) 574-1800

North Charleston
Piggly Wiggly
8780 Rivers Ave
Mon-Sun, 7am – 11pm
(843) 764-3039

Piggly Wiggly
1270 Yeamans Hall Rd
Mon-Sat, 7am-10pm
Sun, 8am-9pm
(843) 747-6373


Cash-Only Fares

  • Fare boxes accept bills and coins
  • Have exact change when boarding
  • Drivers cannot provide change
  • Visit FAQs for More Info


  • Fixed Route One-Way: $2.00/ride
  • Express One-Way: $3.50/ride
  • Transfers: No charge


  • Regular routes and flex service free for children under 6
  • Must be accompanied by a paying passenger
  • Visit FAQs for More Info

Low-Income Fares

Low-income fares are available to those who qualify. Qualified individuals will receive a CARTA ID that they will need to show when paying the discounted fare. Qualifications must be re-verified every 6 months to be eligible to use the discount fare. Low-Income tickets are available at CARTA Administrative offices and at The SC Works Charleston Career Center.

Low-Income Fare: $1.25 per ride
Low-Income Ticket: $1.25 each

Low-Income fare and determinations are made at:
The SC Works Charleston Career Center
1930 Hanahan Road
North Charleston, SC 29406
Phone: (843) 574-1810
Phone: (843) 574-1800

ID cards are issued between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm, Monday–Friday (Closed for lunch 12noon-1pm)

Senior Fares

CARTA takes you to most hospitals, libraries, grocery stores, shopping centers and service agencies throughout the Charleston area.

Regular fare information:

As of Monday, July  15, 2019, Seniors ride for a discounted fare (over 50% off regular prices) of $1 during all hours of service.  Seniors are considered 55+.

Drivers may request proof of age. Medicare cards or I.D. card with date of birth will serve as identification for the fare.

Want to ride, but not sure how? Simply call (843) 724-7420 and let our operations staff pair you with a CARTA Ambassador! Learn the ropes and make a new friend. If you’re interested in becoming a CARTA Ambassador, or wish to be paired with one, please call (843) 724-7420 or email us at cruze@ridecarta.com.


Senior FREE Ride Day-Annual promotion to encourage seniors (55+) to learn about the system and as a thank you to our regular senior riders.

Every year CARTA has one day per quarter that seniors riders 55+ can ride all routes for free.  This is the perfect opportunity to get some shopping done, visit friends or family or simply explore the city and our different routes. If you have any questions, please call (843) 724-7420 for more info.

  • Monday, February 19th (Presidents Day/National Senior Independence Month)
  • Wednesday, May 29th (National Senior Health and Fitness Day)
  • Wednesday, August 21st (National Senior Citizen Day)
  • Friday, December 20th (Happy Holidays)

Regular Fixed Route Fare

A discount fare is available to the disabled and can be used on all Fixed Routes, all day, every day.

Disabled Fare — Regular Fixed Routes: $0.75 per ride

To use the disabled fare, you must receive a Disabled Fare ID Card issued at the SC Works Charleston Career Center. Passengers with a Tel-A-Ride I.D. card can ride fixed-routes for free.

The SC Works Charleston Career Center
1930 Hanahan Road
North Charleston, SC 29406
Phone: (843) 574-1810
Phone: (843) 574-1800

Schools & School Groups

All students K-12 only ride for free in the CARTA service area.  Students should have a official current student ID with their name and the school name to present to the driver as they board the bus (all High School students should have a school issued ID).  Please check back periodically for any changes to the policy.

Best Value Pass

Student passes are valid for an entire semester (6 months-period), all for only $80 per semester.

Student passes allow unlimited use on all regular fixed routes and can be used on premium services like CARTA Express with an additional $1.00.

Student passes are available for student attended eligible institutions. For eligibility requirements, please call (843) 724-7420.

Students will be required to show a current school ID.

Passes can be purchased at the CARTA offices located at 3664 Leeds Ave. in North Charleston. Several institutions throughout the Charleston area work with CARTA to provide students with passes on campus.

Programs and cost vary for each institution. Passes are available on campus at the following:

  • Trident Technical College
  • Miller Motte Technical College
  • Charleston Southern University

For more information, please call (843) 724-7420.

Discounts may be available if you have a school group that would like to use CARTA for a field trip or area outing. Large groups should always contact CARTA administration offices to make sure that services are monitored to ensure an effective trip.

Here’s a few thing to keep in mind:

  • An existing route must be used.
  • CARTA can not come to your location or detour from regular route service for your trip.
  • Please plan your trip along regular route lines and regular route times.

If you need trip planning assistance, please refer to our trip planner or call (843) 724-7420 to speak to administration.

**If your school would like to find out more about CARTA’s pass programs, contact us by email at askcarta@ridecarta.com or call (843) 724-7420.


As of Monday July 15, 2019 passengers will be allowed one transfer at no change.  Transfers will be issued in the same manner; passengers will need to ask the driver for a transfer when they board the bus and pay their fare.  Transfers can be made to another bus routed of the same type or same direction.

Transfers are not allowed from DASH Shuttles. Transfers between differing bus types are not allowed.

Transfers are timed and travel on all routes to complete your trip should be conducted during the time allotted on the transfer ticket.

Passengers will only be issued one transfer per trip.  Passengers can not receive a transfer using a transfer.


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