Fares & Passes

Information on fares, discounts for senior, disabled, low-income and student riders, and details on where to buy passes.

Cash-Only Fares

  • Fare boxes accept both bills and coins
  • Please have exact change when boarding
  • Drivers are unable to provide change

For more info, visit our FAQs page 

 

Pricing

  • Fixed Route One-Way: $2.00 per ride 
  • Express One-Way: $3.50 per ride 
  • $0.50 Transfers 

Children

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

For more info, visit our FAQs page  

Looking for low-income, senior, disabled or student discount fares?

Passes

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

One Day Pass : $7.00
Three Day Pass: $14.00
Ten Trips Pass: $16.00
Forty Trips Pass: $56.00
Thirty-One Day Pass: $57.00
Express 31-Day $99
Plan Your Trip

*When used onboard CARTA Express, passenger is required to pay a $1.00 up-charge.
**If a transfer is needed, it is advised to pay the transfer fare; using the pass deducts a ride each time used.

Where to Buy Passes

DOWNTOWN

Charleston Visitor Center
375 Meeting Street
Mon-Sun, 8:30am-5pm
843.724.7174

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

HANAHAN

Price Wise
1270 Yeamen’s Hall Rd
Mon-Sat, 7am-10pm
Sun, 8am-9pm
843.747.6373

Transfers

When boarding the bus and paying your fare, pay the additional $.50 and ask the driver for a transfer. Transfers can be made to another bus routed of the same type or same direction. Transfers are not allowed from DASH Shuttles. Transfers between bus types are not allowed.

Customers may need to use more than one route to complete their trip. Customers paying a one-way fare with cash or a pass may purchase a transfer to complete their trip. *One transfer allowed. Must be paid for and requested when purchasing fare while boarding.

Plan Your Trip

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Track A Bus

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Next Stop Times

See when CARTA buses will arrive next at your stop.

Charleston Rider Alerts

Get the latest alerts on CARTA bus routes and schedules.

expect delays on#rte7
The #rte7 will be running on Meeting St. to East Bay, and take Calhoun St. back to Meeting St.
The #rte104 is detouring from McMillan to St. John Ave. which turns into O'Hear. They will continue on O'Hear to Montague.
The following routes have resumed normal service: #rte30, #rte40, #rte12, #rte211, #rte210, #rte31, #rte42, #rte41,… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
All #expressrt1, #epressrt2, and #expressrt3 are scheduled to run their routes as designed.
At this time, we are still experiencing delays and/ detours on several routes. #rte10 and #rte11 are not able to go… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
expect delays on all routes
Expect delays on #rte42.
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expect delays on #rte20
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expect delays on #rte13 and #rte104
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expect delays #rte10,#12
expect delays #rte11,#rte12,#rte103,#rte3
Expect delays on #rte10.
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# Expect Delays on RTE 12
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