Bus fares (effective July 1, 2012)

Exact fare required. Help us provide you with faster service by having correct change ready when boarding. Drivers do not carry change.

  • Adults (18 years and up) - $1
  • Youth (K - 12th grade) – 75 cents
  • Children under 5 years old - Free (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Saturday Family Fare - $1 per family (Two adults max)

Discounted fares

Discount fares apply Monday through Friday during off-peak hours (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and after 6:30 p.m.) and all day Saturday.

  • Disabled/low-income elderly – Free 
    ​Special pass required. Must apply for and meet qualifications. Call Iowa City Transit at 319-356-5151) for details. Application forms
  • Elderly (60 years) - 50 cents 
    Special pass required
  • Medicare card - 50 cents
  • SEATS card holder – Free 
    Call Iowa City Transit at 319-356-5151 for information. Application forms

Bus passes

24-hour pass, Cost: $2 

A 24-hour pass is available to all passengers of Iowa City Transit (ICT). The 24-hour pass costs $2, is good for 24 hours upon purchase, can be used for an unlimited number of rides during the 24-hour period, and is sold on ICT buses.

You must first inform the bus driver in order to purchase a 24-hour pass.

  1. Tell the driver you wish to purchase the pass.
  2. The driver will adjust the farebox accordingly and, when ready, will
  3. tell you to put your $2 into the farebox, and then
  4. your pass will be issued.

Iowa City Transit drivers cannot make change so have the exact fee ready when you go to purchase the 24-hour pass. If you put your money for the pass into the farebox before the driver is ready, the pass will not be issued.

10-ride pass, Cost: $8.50 

This pass is good for a total of 10 rides to be used anytime during regular service hours. Discounted fare with this pass is 85 cents. Purchase at: Iowa City City Hall Cashier; Iowa City Parking, 335 Iowa Avenue; 1st Avenue Hy-Vee; Waterfront Hy-Vee; Hy-Vee Drug Store (Rochester/First Avenue) and North Dodge Hy-Vee.

31-Day adult pass, Cost: $32  

Valid for 31 days of unlimited rides from the first time it is used. Purchase a pass anytime during the month and use it for a full month. Purchase at: Iowa City City Hall; Iowa City Parking, 335 Iowa Avenue; First Avenue Hy-Vee; Waterfront Hy-Vee; Hy-Vee Drug Store (Rochester/First Avenue) and North Dodge Hy-Vee.

31-Day youth pass, Cost: $27 

Valid for 31 days of unlimited rides from the first time it is used. Purchase a pass anytime during the month and use it for a full month. Purchase at: Iowa City City Hall; Iowa City Parking, 335 Iowa Avenue; 1st Avenue Hy-Vee.

University of Iowa student U-Pass (12 months), Cost: $240 (prorated) or $168 is you don't have a University parking permit

Unlimited rides. Sold throughout the year (June 1 to May 31). Purchase pass at any time at prorated fee. Purchase at: UI Parking Office or at http://transportation.uiowa.edu.

Kirkwood semester pass, Cost: $100 (prorated)  

Unlimited rides. Sold during Fall (Aug. 1 to Dec. 31), Spring (Jan. 1 to May 31) and Summer (June 1 to July 31) terms. Purchase pass at any time at prorated fee. Purchase at Kirkwood Community College Bookstore. (Must show class schedule or ID).

Youth semester pass, Cost: $100 (prorated) 

Unlimited rides. Sold during Fall (Aug. 1 to Dec. 31), Spring (Jan. 1 to May 31) and Summer (June 1 to July 31) terms. Purchase pass at any time at prorated fee. Purchase at: City Hall Cashier or Iowa City Parking, 335 Iowa Avenue.

University of Iowa faculty/staff annual pass, Cost: $28 per month or $15 per month if you don't have a University parking permit 

These passes are available to UI Faculty & Staff starting every Jan. 1, good for one year of unlimited rides. They are paid with a pre-tax payroll deduction at a rate of $28 per month. Purchase at UI Parking Office. If you do not have a University parking permit, the University subsidizes the pass to $15 per month, pre-tax.

Low-income, Cost: $27 per month 

Contact Iowa City Transit at 319-356-5151 for eligibility criteria.

Field trip pass 

Can be used by Iowa City Community Schools and also by area day care providers. This pass allows for a large group to ride the bus and be billed at a later date. Call 319-356-5151 for details.

Bus and shopping coupon

With qualifying purchase ($15 minimum) from any participating downtown or Sycamore Mall merchant, you can obtain a bus ticket good for one free ride. Pass must be validated by merchant.