Fares & Passes

Transit is an inexpensive way to get around Asheville and the surrounding area. Public transportation also helps cut down on global pollutants. Bus riders can board by paying cash fare or by using pre-paid tickets or passes. Please remember, all cash fares must be exact change. Vehicle operators cannot make change. All fare boxes can accept $1 bills.

As of July 1, 2010:

Cash Fare $1.00
Ticket Booklet (11 Rides) $9.00
Monthly Pass $20.00
Annual Pass $220.00
Cash Fare $0.50
Ticket Booklet (11 Rides) $4.50
Monthly Pass $10.00
Annual Pass $110.00

Discount Fares are available to:

  • Seniors - 65 years of age and older (only photo I.D. required). Also Mountain Mobility offers further discounts to eligible seniors, call (828) 250-6750, Option 5.
  • Individuals with disabilities - See Discounted Bus Pass Guidelines for further information. Complete ADA Discounted Buss Pass Application to determine eligibility. Forms are also available at the ART station.
  • Do you think you have been discriminated against or excluded or denied service by the ART (Asheville Redefines Transit)? If so, please use this ADA complaint form.
  • Medicare recipients (only Medicare Card required)
  • Students ages 6-19.

Partnership fares:

  • AB Tech - For discounted bus passes: financial aid students visit the bookstore, non-financial aid students visit the cashiers office, and continuing education students and GED students visit the Hemlock Building office or contact AB Tech for more details at 828-398-7900.
  • Buncombe County Employees – Ride free with valid employer I.D.
  • City of Asheville employees – Ride free with valid employer I.D.
  • Grove Park Inn Employees – Ride free with valid employer I.D.
  • UNC Asheville students, staff and faculty –Ride free with valid I.D.
  • Warren Wilson College - Ride Rt. 170 free with valid I.D.

To receive partnership fares for your institution contact us at: iride@ashevillenc.gov

General Notes:

  • Children ages five and under ride free with an accompanying adult.
  • Transfers are issued with any cash or ticket payment for unlimited trips for the duration of the transfer. Show the transfer to the driver each time you board the bus until the transfer expires. Transfers are valid for 90 minutes.
  • Ticket books, monthly passes, annual passes, and the latest maps and schedule information are available at the ART Station (formerly the Asheville Transit Center), located at 49 Coxe Ave., next to the U.S. Post Office and just steps away from most downtown locations.
  • Purchases can be made with cash, debit or credit.
  • Asheville Transit Passport Program. Employees of participating businesses and organizations ride by showing their ID (no cash fare), while the employer pays a reduced rate. No fumbling for change or having to buy a pass every month. Ask your employer about it! Or see link above for more information.

Security Note:

  • Buses may be equipped with a video and audio observance system.

ART Station (Asheville Transit Station)

49 Coxe Avenue, Asheville NC 28801

Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.,

Sundays & Holidays -  8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

(828) 253-5691 / E-mail: iride@ashevillenc.gov