Paying With a Hop Card
How it works
You can get a Hop card and load money on it at Fred Meyer, Safeway and New Seasons stores. You can use a credit/debit card or cash to load your card. A Hop card costs $3, and there’s a $5 minimum load. Learn more about loading money on your Hop card.
Tap to board
Tap your card on the green Hop reader as you board. The screen will show a confirmation that you paid your fare and you will hear an audible chime. You’re good to go!
With Hop, instead of buying passes in advance, you earn them as you go. Your first tap is good for 2½ hours. If you tap again after 2½ hours, you’ll be charged for a second fare. You’ll also automatically earn a Day Pass, which means you can ride as much as you want until the end of the service day (3 a.m.) for free.
After paying the equivalent of a Month Pass in a calendar month ($100 for Adult riders or $28 for Honored Citizen and Youth), you can ride for free for the rest of the calendar month. No matter how much you ride, you’ll never pay more than a Month Pass in a month.
Tap every time
Remember to tap the Hop reader every time you board a bus or train (including when you transfer). You won’t necessarily be charged every time you tap, but your tap is your proof of payment.