Cash, Tickets and Passes

Fare increase effective September 1, 2016


Adult & cash fares
Cash (Adult, Student, Senior) - $3.00
Adult Paper Ticket or PRESTO - $2.30
Monthly Pass or PRESTO - $101.20

Student - Elementary/ Secondary
Person between the ages of 5 and 19 who attends an elementary or secondary school in the City of Hamilton. All secondary students must present their HSR photo ID when using a student fare.
Paper Ticket or PRESTO - $1.90
Monthly Pass or PRESTO - $83.60

Senior - Persons age 65+, PRESTO Only
PRESTO Single Ride - $1.90
PRESTO Monthly Pass - $26.50
PRESTO Senior Annual Pass - $265

Day Pass

Valid for two adults and 4 youth/children, or one adult and 5 youth/children - $13.80.  Valid on all routes from start of service to end of service on one day. Available at select vendors.

Learn about where you can buy tickets, passes and Presto cards.


Cost

No form of identification is required when using an Adult fare.

Payment Type Effective September 1, 2016
Cash $3.00

Ticket or PRESTO e-Purse

$2.30

Monthly Pass or
PRESTO Monthly Pass

$101.20

City of Hamilton residents over the age of 65 can purchase senior bus passes.

Payment Type Effective September 1, 2016
Cash $3.00
Ticket $2.30

PRESTO Senior e-Purse

$1.90

PRESTO Senior Monthly Pass

$26.50
PRESTO Senior Annual Pass $265.00
PRESTO Golden Age Pass FREE

You must have a PRESTO card to pay the reduced senior fare. Proof of age is required to purchase and use a PRESTO Senior Bus Pass. If you are a young looking senior you can purchase a photo ID for $5 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.

PRESTO Senior Golden Age Bus Pass

City of Hamilton residents 80 years of age or older can get a Golden Age Bus Pass for free with the purchase of a $6 PRESTO card. You can pick up your PRESTO pass and photo ID card from the HSR Customer Service Centre.

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 Bus Pass for free.

Children under five years of age can ride the bus for free and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Groups of more than four children who are under five years of age accompanied by a parent or other person having charge of them are required to pay a child fare for any child in excess of the ratio of four children per one adult.

To be eligible for a student pass you must:

  • Be 19 years of age or younger as of September 1st of the current school year
  • Attend a Ministry of Education inspected elementary or secondary school full time

Students under 13 years old do not need a photo ID card. If you are over 13, you will need a photo ID card. Purchase your photo ID cards for $5 at the HSR Customer Service Centre.

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 regular fare.

Payment Type Effective September 1, 2016
Cash $3.00

Elementary/Secondary Ticket
PRESTO e-Purse

$1.90

Elementary/ Secondary Monthly Pass
PRESTO Monthly Pass

$83.60

If you have a Children’s PRESTO card, change the card to a Student PRESTO card when you turn 13. If you do not, you will be charged the adult fare.

Learn more about the 2016 Summer HSR Youth pass 

PRESTO is now available for purchase at the following Fortinos Supermarket locations:

  • Fortinos Eastgate, 75 Centennial Parkway North, Hamilton
  • Fortinos Mall Rd, 65 Mall Road, Hamilton
  • Fortinos Upper James, 1550 Upper James Street, Hamilton
  • Fortinos Ancaster, 54 Wilson Street West, Ancaster
  • Fortinos Dundurn, 50 Dundurn Street, Hamilton
  • Fortinos Main St, 1579 Main Street West, Hamilton
  • Fortinos Waterdown, 115 Hamilton Street North, Waterdown
  • Fortinos Upper Centennial Pky, 21 Upper Centennial Parkway South, Stoney Creek
  • Fortinos Fiesta Mall, 102 Highway 8, Stoney Creek

Riders may obtain a PRESTO card from the Dundas Municipal Service Centre, 60 Main Street and/or Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main Street West as well as re-load e-purse and Month Passes, check PRESTO balances, and settle PRESTO overdrafts.

Fare class Single PRESTO fare Weekly frequent rider discount PRESTO Passes
Adult $2.30 Free after 11 PRESTO trips in same week (Monday to Sunday) Monthly: $101.20
Child (age 6 to 12) $1.90

Free after 11 PRESTO trips in same week (Monday to Sunday)

Monthly: $83.60
Student (age 13 to 19) $1.90

Free after 11 PRESTO trips in same week (Monday to Sunday)

Monthly: $83.60
Senior (65+) $1.90

Free after 11 PRESTO trips in same week (Monday to Sunday)

Monthly:$26.50
Annual: $265.00

Paying your fare

HSR bus drivers do not handle money, tickets or passes. You need to do one of the following:

  • Put your fare directly into the farebox beside the driver. Coins go in the left slot and tickets and bills go in the right. If you are paying with cash you must have exact change.
  • Show the driver your pass when you get on the bus.
  • Tap your PRESTO card on the PRESTO device.

Customers are able to use direct debit as a form of payment to buy bus tickets, monthly passes, day passes, Taxi Scrip, DARTS and senior's annual passes. There is a minimum $5 purchase required. Customers should be aware that there are no refunds permitted through direct debit and there are no cash back privileges being offered.

HSR accepts cash, debit, MasterCard and Visa for all purchases over $5.

Fare fraud
An HSR driver may take away any pass, ticket or Identification card if he/she suspects fraudulent activity.