Fares & Photo IDs
HSR Fare Incentives
Fare incentives to ensure transit remains affordable & encourage more residents to use transit:
- Children ages 6-12 ride free with a PRESTO card.*
- Seniors ages 65+ get great discounts.
- Youth, adults & seniors enjoy free fare after 10 paid trips until October 1, 2023 with HSR’s enhanced PRESTO loyalty rewards.
* Visit any Hamilton Public Library branch and show your child’s library card to get a free child’s PRESTO card, while quantities last.
When boarding the bus, do one of the following to pay your fare:
- Tap your PRESTO card on the PRESTO device.
- Tap your debit or credit card (or your phone or watch)
- Show the driver your activated PRESTO E-Ticket.
- Put your cash fare or ticket directly into the farebox beside the driver. Coins go in the left slot and tickets and bills go in the right. If you’re paying with cash, you must have exact change.
- Show the driver your transfer.
HSR bus drivers do not handle money, tickets, passes or PRESTO cards. Learn more about paying with PRESTO
Payment options at customer service locations
In addition to cash, HSR accepts debit, MasterCard and Visa for all purchases over $5. There are no refunds permitted through direct debit. HSR does not offer cash back on debit purchases.
An HSR driver may take away any pass, ticket or identification card if they suspect fraudulent activity.
|Fare Category||Fare (effective September 1, 2022)||Fare (effective September 1, 2023)|
|Child - 5 and under when traveling with a paying customer||Free||Free|
|Child 6 to 12 years old||Free with PRESTO card||Free with PRESTO card|
|Youth 13 to 19 years old - single||$2.15 single ride with PRESTO||$2.25 single ride with PRESTO|
|Youth 13 to 19 years old - monthly||$94.60 monthly pass with PRESTO||$99 monthly pass with PRESTO|
|Adult - single||$2.60 single ride with PRESTO||$2.70 single ride with PRESTO|
|Adult - monthly||$114.40 monthly pass with PRESTO||$118.80 monthly pass with PRESTO|
|Senior 65+ single||$2.15 single ride with PRESTO||$2.25 single ride with PRESTO|
|Senior 65+ monthly||$38.50 monthly pass with PRESTO||$41.50 monthly pass with PRESTO|
|Senior 65+ annual||$385 annual pass with PRESTO||$415 annual pass with PRESTO|
|Senior 80+ years||Free with a Golden Age PRESTO||Free with a Golden Age PRESTO|
*Weekly frequent rider discount: You will not be charged an additional fare after 10 paid PRESTO trips in the same week (Monday 12:01 AM to Sunday 11:59 PM). Available on PRESTO cards only, not available on PRESTO E-Tickets. This offer excludes monthly passes, co-payment, extra passenger fares and transfers, and is only valid on HSR vehicles.
Children five years of age and under can ride the bus for free and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children 12 and under do not need a photo ID card.
To be eligible for a Youth fare you must:
- Be 13-19 years of age.
- Have a photo ID card from the government or your school. You can also purchase a photo ID card for $5.36 + HST ($6.06) at the HSR Customer Service Centre.
If you have a Youth PRESTO card, you must carry your photo ID card with you, the driver may ask to see it. If you do not have it with you, you will be required to pay the full adult fare.
If you have a Children’s PRESTO card, change the card to a Youth PRESTO card when you turn 13. If you do not, you will be charged the adult fare. You can do this by presenting your PRESTO card along with valid ID sowing date of birth in-person at the HSR Customer Service Centre, or at any Shoppers Drug Mart or Fortinos locations in Hamilton.
Proof of age is required to purchase and use senior fares. If you are a young-looking senior, you can purchase a photo ID for $5.36 + HST ($6.06) at the HSR Customer Service Centre.
The PRESTO Senior Annual Pass is valid for 12 months starting in the month of purchase if purchased by the 13th day of the month. If you purchase the annual pass after the 13th day of the month, the pass will be valid for 12 months starting the next month.
Choose the option that is the best value:
- Pay the single ride fare each time if you plan to take 17 trips or less in a single month, or approximately 4-5 trips or less per week.
- Purchase a monthly pass if you plan to take more than 17 trips in a month, for up to 9 consecutive months.
- Purchase an annual pass if you plan to take more than 17 trips each month for 10, 11 or 12 consecutive months.
Golden Age Pass
City of Hamilton residents 80 years of age or older can receive a Golden Age Pass for free. This includes one-time free PRESTO card (lost, stolen or damaged PRESTO cards will require a $6 replacement fee). You can pick up your PRESTO pass and photo ID card from the HSR Customer Service Centre. Proof of age is required, as well as proof of address in Hamilton. Acceptable ID would be a Driver’s Licence, Ontario Photo Card, Income Tax statement with name and address, Health Card that has address, etc. A photo ID will be issued to be used with your new PRESTO card.
If you are renewing your Senior Annual Pass and turn 80 years of age within the year, you should purchase a Senior Monthly Pass on PRESTO each month until you turn 80 years old. When you turn 80, you can get a Golden Age Pass for free. Golden Age Passes cannot be issued in advance of your 80th birthday.
- You must show your student card every time you get on the bus and tap your PRESTO card loaded with an HSR U-Pass.
- If you do not have your student card you must pay the full adult cash fare of $3.25.
If you’re an eligible student, your school will provide you with a PRESTO card and a voucher code. Once you’ve obtained your PRESTO card and redeemed your voucher, you can use your pass during the eligibility period for unlimited travel on any HSR bus, Trans-Cab (additional fee applies) or ATS/DARTS vehicle (if you’re eligible).
When boarding the vehicle, you must present your valid student ID card and tap your PRESTO card containing your validated pass.
These Colleges and Universities offer transit passes to students
- McMaster University: For more information, undergraduate students can visit msumcmaster.ca/hsr and graduate students can visit gsa.mcmaster.ca/services/hsr.
- Mohawk College: For more information, visit mohawkstudents.ca/transit.
- Redeemer University: For more information, contact Redeemer’s administration.
- Seniors (age 65-79) do not require photo ID; however, they must show proof of age if the driver asks.
- Golden Age Seniors (age 80+) require photo ID that you receive when you purchase your Golden Age Pass at the HSR Customer Service Centre. You will need to provide proof of age and Hamilton residency. Golden Age Passes cannot be issued in advance of your 80th birthday.
- You can get a new or replacement photo ID & photo pass card from the HSR Customer Service Centre.
- New photo IDs cost $5.36 + HST ($6.06) and replacement photo IDs cost $16.08 + HST ($18.17). Includes Support Person cards, Golden Age Photo ID, School Hour Only / PLUS passes, DARTS Senior Passes, EC Passes, Senior ID, HSR Student Photo ID, ATS Photo ID, etc.
Support Person ID cards are for customers who, because of their disability, require regular or occasional help when travelling on HSR buses.
- The Support Person ID card allows you to have a support person take the HSR with you for free.
- The cost for replacement of a lost card is $16.08 + HST ($18.17).
- You need to update your information and get a new card every three years.
Complete the Support Person application form which requires a Health Care Professional’s certification for Section C (Disability Information) and mail to:
Accessible Transportation Services
P.O. Box 340, 2200 Upper James Street
Mount Hope, ON L0R 1W0
A confirmation letter with details about how to get your Support Person ID card comes by mail when you are approved.