Fares and Passes

Fares on the Dumbarton Express can be paid with Clipper or cash (exact change only). (If you’re an eligible Stanford University employee, you can ride free on the Dumbarton Express with a VTA Express Eco Pass sticker. Please visit the VTA website for details.)

DBX 202 Dumbarton Express Fares: Effective July 1, 2017

Basic Cash Fares Adult Youth Senior/Disabled1
Local (one way): $2.25 $1.10 $1.10
Transbay (one way): $4.50 $2.20 $2.20
Transbay Upgrade (one way)2: $2.20 $1.10 $1.10
Clipper Fares & Passes Adult Youth Senior/Disabled1
Local (one way): $2.15 $1.05 $1.05
Local Day Pass3: $5.00 $2.50 $2.50
Transbay (one way)4: $4.50 $2.20 $2.20
Transbay Upgrade (one way)2: $2.15 $1.05 $1.05
Local 31-Day Pass: $81.00 $26.50
Transbay 31-Day Pass: $162.00
Senior/Disabled Pass Senior/Disabled1
Local Monthly Pass: $26.50

1 Seniors: Passengers 65 or older must show proof of age with a valid driver’s license, DMV ID card, Medicare Card plus photo ID, Regional Transit Connection (RTC) Discount Photo ID, or passport.
Disabled: Passengers must show proof of disability with Medicare Card plus photo ID, RTC Discount Photo ID card, DMV Parking Placard ID Card plus photo ID, or disabled license plate registration plus photo ID.

2 Pay this amount with cash or Clipper when using a local pass (listed below).

3 Automatically applied on the third trip. Valid for unlimited local rides from time activated until 3:00 a.m.

4 Transbay-to-local transfer free and only available when using Clipper. Automatically applied on second bus when boarded within one and a half hours. Also applies to local-to-transbay transfer.

Passes5

These passes are accepted as full transbay fare:

  • AC Transit Transbay 31-Day Pass
  • VTA Express Eco Pass

These local passes are accepted as full local fare or partial credit for transbay fare when transferring to the Dumbarton Express:

(To achieve full transbay fare, passengers pay transbay upgrade listed under Basic Fares with cash or Clipper.)

  • AC Transit Local 31-Day Pass (transfer within 2 hours)
  • AC Transit Senior/Disabled monthly pass on RTC or Senior Clipper card (transfer within 2 hours)
  • AC Transit Local Day Pass (transfer within 2 hours)
  • SamTrans Monthly Pass (transfer within 2 hours)
  • Caltrain Monthly Pass (transfer within 2 hours)
  • Union City Transit Pass
  • VTA Monthly Pass (transfer within 2.5 hours)
  • VTA Day Pass (transfer within 2.5 hours)

Local BART-to-Bus transfers are free with paper transfer issued at BART. On Clipper, $0.50 discount applied on bus trip away from BART. Give transfer slip to operator upon boarding. Does not apply as partial transbay fare credit.

5 Please check with individual transit agency for details about purchasing passes.

Connections to Other Bus Service

Riding Dumbarton Express and AC Transit

Cash users:

  • Passengers who transfer from a local AC Transit bus to ride the DBX locally pay a full cash fare on both buses ($2.10 + $2.10), unless the passenger purchased a paper Day Pass on the AC Transit bus. In that case, the passenger flashes the pass on the DBX bus and rides locally at no additional charge.
  • Passengers who transfer from a local AC Transit bus to ride the DBX transbay pay a full cash fare on both buses ($2.10 + $4.20), unless the passenger purchased a paper Day Pass on the AC Transit bus. In that case, the passenger flashes the pass on the DBX bus and adds $2.10 to the farebox.

Clipper users:

  • Passengers who transfer from a local AC Transit bus to ride the DBX locally have the full fare deducted on both buses. These fares “accumulate” up to $5.00, at which point a local Day Pass activates and all local rides on AC Transit or the DBX are free for the remainder of the day.
  • Passengers who transfer from a local AC Transit bus to ride the DBX transbay have the local fare deducted on the first bus and the upgrade fare deducted on the second bus.

Transfers from DB Express to local service on SamTrans, Union City Transit, or VTA

  • Transfer is free if made from a DBX transbay trip to a local trip when using Clipper (except when transferring to Union City Transit, which costs $.25).
  • Customers paying with cash, or using a paper pass, must request an Inter-Agency Voucher on the DBX bus and give voucher to driver of connecting agency’s bus within two hours of time.
  • SamTrans does not accept paper transfers; transfer discounts are processed on Clipper only.
  • Clipper passengers, except those transferring to Union City Transit, do not need to request an Inter-Agency Voucher, as the appropriate transfer fee will be deducted automatically upon tagging the card on the connecting agency’s bus.