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How to Pay the Fare on SBS Routes

An array of off-board fare payment machines used to pay the fare for select bus service

 

There are two ways to pay before you board SBS

MetroCard Fare Payment

If you're paying with any of the following:

  • Value or Time-based MetroCard
  • Reduced-Fare MetroCard
  • Transfers
  • Single-ride ticket
  • Student MetroCard (but NOT Half-Fare Student MetroCard),

Follow these steps:

  1. Press the start button.
  2. Insert your MetroCard or transfer ticket face-up into the slot.
  3. Your SBS paper ticket will be issued automatically.

Paying for more than one person

Only a value-based MetroCard can be used to pay the fare for more than one person. You can use the same value-based MetroCard up to four times at once.

Transferring to another SBS bus:

You must obtain a new ticket before you board.

At the next SBS bus stop, insert the same MetroCard you used to pay for your previous trip and a new ticket will be issued. Multiple tickets will be issued if a value-based MetroCard was used to pay for more than one person.

Click here  if you had trouble with a MetroCard machine.

Coin Fare Payment

You can only pay with coins, and it must be exact change. If you overpay, no change will be returned.

No dollar bills, pennies, or half-dollars accepted.

Full-Fare Customers:

  1. Press the start button.
  2. Insert exact fare in coins.
  3. Your SBS paper ticket will be issued automatically.

Reduced-Fare Customers and Half-Fare Student MetroCard users:

  1. Press yellow button first.
  2. Insert exact fare in coins.
  3. Your SBS paper ticket will be issued automatically.

To CANCEL the transaction, turn the red knob before you finish depositing your last coin.