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  • Some Insider Tips For Riding The Bus

    Make your life easy by following these simple tips. They are guaranteed to make the ride go smoothly for you and the other passengers!

    Arrive at the stop early. It’s best to arrive at your bus stop at least 10 minutes ahead of time. Keep in mind that more than one bus route might service the bus stop where you are waiting. Always read the bus headsign before boarding.

    Have exact fare. You can use coins and/or dollar bills, but our fareboxes can’t make change. Of course, if you have a pass, you can just swipe it. NOTE: Pennies and no bills over $10 are NOT accepted.

    Have your OC Bus Mobile ticket ready. Launch your OC Bus mobile app and activate your ticket, or have your activated ticket ready to scan prior to boarding the bus.

    Organize your cash. Try to use quarters instead of small coins, and be sure to flatten out dollar bills, including corners, before you insert them into the farebox. If you are using a designated Senior/Disabled pass, have your reduced fare ID verification ready to show the driver when you get on the bus.

    Purchase a pass. If you plan on using the bus all day, you can buy a day pass from the coach operator. If you are paying a reduced fare, you will need to show proper identification to the coach operator. Review the reduced fares section for more details.

    Kids age 5 and under. Kids five and under ride free with a fare-paying customer. Limit: three kids per cash paying customer.

    Use the front door. Always board through the front door. All OCTA buses are accessible to persons with disabilities.

    Signal the driver. When the bus approaches your stop, pull the signal cord or ring the bus chime to notify the coach operator. Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop, then exit through the rear door.


    Sit down and enjoy the ride! Help make bus travel pleasant for everyone by riding smart.

    • All radios, CD players, iPods and cell phones must be used with headphones.
    • Service animals are welcome when accompanied by persons with disabilities. That person is responsible for the actions of the animal while on the bus.
    • Surfboards are permitted as long as they do not exceed 6 feet 6 inches long.
    • Strollers must be folded prior to boarding the bus.
    • No smoking, or eating on the bus. Electronic smoking devices, such as electronic cigarettes, are prohibited on any OCTA bus.
    • No gas-powered scooters, bicycles, car batteries or other combustible materials allowed on the bus.
    • Please keep front seats available for disabled people and senior citizens.
    • Have a bike? Bring it along! Racks are available on all large buses, plus you can take a folding bike on the bus!
    • Drinks must be in a spill proof or covered container. No alcohol allowed.
    • Distributing any written materials, solicitation, or other advertisements is not allowed.
    • Bus schedules can change. Watch for brightly colored riders' alerts in schedule racks on buses.
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