"MetroBus" Saint Louis Transportation Tip by mjcCafe
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MetroBus is the name of St. Louis' local bus service. While it covers almost everywhere a visitor will want to go, most of the lines only run twice per hour. So planning your route & schedule in advance by consulting the maps & schedules on Metro's website is a must to avoid wasted time (unless you're a LOT more patient than I am). If you're arriving in St. Louis at Lambert-St. Louis airport, you'll be better served by starting your trip on MetroLink than MetroBus.
Single ride fares are $1.75. This is for one ride on one bus; no transfers. For trips requiring more than one bus line (or combining MetroBus with MetroLink) you'll need to buy the more expensive "Multi-Use Transfer" fare for $2.25. This fare provides unlimited travel in any direction of any MetroBus or MetroLink line for 2 hours from when it was purchased.
Fares are purchased from the driver when boarding the bus (through the front door). Change is not given, so plan ahead or be prepared to pay extra. No physical ticket is given for a regular fare; only for Multi-User Transfers.
If you are planning to make several trips in a single day (that can't be completed within the 2 hours of a Multi-User Transfer), then a One-Day pass can be a good value at $4.50. Unfortunately, you can't buy these on MetroBus buses; they're only available at a MetroLink station. There's also a 7-Day pass available if you're here for a longer visit, but again they're only available at a MetroLink station. The student fares advertised on Metro's website are only valid for students of participating schools and are not a general "student discount".
If you're really an advance planner and can determine how much you'll be riding, you can order One-Day passes and books of 10 Two-Hour passes (at a discounted price) online and have them mailed to you before your visit (Two-Hour passes are the same as Multi-Use Transfers).