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Youth Ride Free Passes


Ride for free throughout OC.

No stress. No hassle. Your child rides OC Bus for free – making life easier for you!

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Ride for free throughout OC.

No stress. No hassle. Your child rides OC Bus for free – making life easier for you!

Youth ride free
What is a Youth Ride Free Pass?

The pass provides youth aged 6 to 18 with free travel on safe, clean and reliable buses.

Youth Ride Free passes are available from your child's participating Orange County school. Your signature is required.

If your child’s school is not distributing the Youth Ride Free pass, you may request a pass here.

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Your Child's Safety is Our Priority

With nearly 60 routes and more than 5,400 stops, OC Bus is a great way to get around Orange County making it a convenient option for anyone who wants to travel within the region. More importantly, we constantly monitor our bus service to ensure safe transportation for all our riders. You can use the Transit App to track your child's bus in real time, anywhere in the county.

Safe Drivers
Our drivers have passed rigorous background checks; our driving training program is one of the best in the country.
Code of Conduct
When passengers are boarding and riding, we enforce our Code of Conduct policy to help ensure behavior that promotes a safe, secure, comfortable, and inviting atmosphere.
Transit App
Transit App shows accurate next departure times, tracks buses on the map, and displays upcoming transit schedules.

What Do Parents Say about OC Bus?

More than 30,000 youths in Orange County are already using the pass. Here’s what their parents have to say.
“We are glad that our 10th grader is growing as a more socially sensitive and responsible person while commuting to school and various places by OCTA bus over a year.”
Maria L., Santa Ana
“I would like to share our experience with the Youth Ride Free program. Our son rides the OCTA bus daily to and from school and has done so since 7th grade. Now he's a senior and enjoys traveling all over southern California when not in school. Our key concern is safety and he pays attention to his surroundings.”
Patrick Z.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Every school year, a new pass is required along with a new parental request form.

You can pick one up from your child’s school or visit the OCTA Store.

If your child’s school is not participating in the Youth Ride Free program, you may request a pass here, or come to the OCTA StOCTA Store.

Yes. Each child requires a separate parental request form, and the form must be resubmitted each year.

The Youth Ride Free pass is good for one school year. The current pass is valid until Sept. 30, 2024. OCTA will issue new passes to schools before the existing passes expire. A new parental request form is required every year.

With nearly 60 routes and more than 5,400 stops, OC Bus makes it easy to get to school, work and fun. Rider tools such as the Transit App make it simple to figure out when the bus will arrive and how to plan trips. We also offer transit training to promote bus riding confidence.
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Request a Pass Today

Youth Ride Free passes for the 2023-24 school year are now available from your child’s Orange County school. If your school is not participating, you may request a pass here. Get a pass for your child today and make life easier for your whole family.

Grant Funds Offer Many Benefits

The program is grant-funded by the California Department of Transportation and the California Air Resources Board through California Climate Investments which help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the economy, and improve public health and the environment.

California Climate Investments