A SmarTrip® card is a permanent, rechargeable farecard. It's plastic, like a credit card, and is embedded with a special computer chip that keeps track of the value of the card.
Using a SmarTrip® card is fast and easy. Instead of inserting a farecard through the Metrorail faregate slot, you simply touch the SmarTrip® card to the circular targets on top of or inside station faregates. Likewise, you can tap the SmarTrip® farebox on Metrobus to pay your fare with SmarTrip®.
SmarTrip® cards can be used directly on the following modes of transit:
Metro Train/Metro Bus
PRTC - OmniRide
ART (Arlington Transit)
DASH (Alexandria Transit Company)
CUE Bus System
TheBus (Prince George’s County)
Loudoun Commuter Bus
Montgomery County RideOn
REX (Richmond Highway Express)
SmarTrip® cards cannot be used directly on the following modes of transit. You must use a transit benefit allocation for service on the following transit providers (further details can be found at our website, Using your SmarTrip® Card):
MTA Commuter Buses (Dillon, Keller, Eyre Buses)
National Coach Works/ MARTZ