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Paying With Your Phone Using a Virtual Hop Card

A Hop card is not required to use TriMet or to pay with your phone (you can pay the $2.80 Adult fare by tapping your phone using a credit/debit card in your mobile wallet). But you’ll need a Hop card if you want to use our reduced fares.

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phone using a virtual Hop card

How it works

Get the app

First, download the Hop app and follow the instructions for adding a virtual Hop card to your mobile wallet. You can use the Hop app to manage your account and load money on your card (or set up Auto-Load).

Tap to board

Tap your phone 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!

Day Pass

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.

Month Pass

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.


Apple Watch users: Hop will recognize your Apple Watch and iPhone as two different payment types, even if they’re connected to the same card. Make sure you only tap one device throughout the day so you can earn passes as you ride.

Please note: At this time, only retail Adult, Honored Citizen and Youth Hop cards (those sold at grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies) can be added as virtual cards. Photo ID Hop cards for people who qualify based on income, disability or military status, LIFT cards, 1-Year passes and employer-issued Hop cards cannot be converted into virtual cards yet, but we’re looking into adding these in the future.