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 



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

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  • 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 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
  • Unlimited use for one day
  • Also purchased on board
  • No transfer needed
  • Purchase One Day Pass
Three Day Pass: $14.00
  • Unlimited use for three days
  • No transfer needed
  • Purchase Three Day Pass
Ten Trips Pass: $16.00
  • Ten one-way trips
  • Does not expire
  • Purchase Ten Trips Pass
Forty Trips Pass: $56.00
  • Forty one-way trips
  • Does not expire
  • Purchase Forty Trips Pass
Thirty-One Day Pass (Express): $99.00
  • Pass valid for unlimited use for 31 consecutive days upon first use
  • Pass is accepted with no additional up charge on all CARTA regular and premium services (excluding Tel-A-Ride)
  • Purchase Thirty-One Day Pass
Student Pass: $80.00*
  • Pass is good for 6 months (typically per semester)
  • Valid use dates are printed on cards
  • Can be purchased at CARTA HQ and participating institutions
  • Student pass requirements must be met
  • Purchase Student Pass
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*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


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


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


Main Office
3664 Leeds Ave.
Mon-Fri, 8:30am - 5pm


SC Works Career Center
1930 Hanahan Road
Mon - Fri, 8:30am-5pm 


Piggly Wiggly
8780 Rivers Ave
Mon-Sun, 7am - 11pm


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


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.

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