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San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans)


San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans)

Operates and maintains the public bus system in the county.


SamTrans operates and maintains the public bus system in the county. In addition to local service, some routes extend into San Francisco and Palo Alto and others connect to BART and Caltrain stations in the county, including the San Francisco International Airport. The regular fare of $2 covers adult travel on local routes. The regular fare for youth (age 17 or under) is $1.25. The regular fare for seniors, patrons with disabilities and Medicare cardholders is $1. The Express route between San Mateo County and San Francisco charges $5. Call for information on pass programs and exact fares. Disabled persons holding a Regional Transit Connection discount card may ride all local SamTrans routes for $1. Senior Citizens also may ride at the discounted fare. Although it is not necessary that senior citizens carry a Regional Transit Connection discount card to receive a discount, cards will be issued to any senior citizen who wants one. The Regional Transit Connection discount card can be used on all Bay Area public transit systems. Seniors age 65 or over with proof of age, and disabled persons with an application signed by a physician, may obtain the photo identification card at a cost of $3 by coming to the SamTrans office in San Carlos on Tuesday or Thursday, 9 am-4 pm. Phone for details on eligibility. SamTrans contracts for the operation of Redi-Wheels and RediCoast, the paratransit service for the mobility impaired, described separately. Redi-Wheels serves the bayside of the county, while RediCoast serves the coastside. SamTrans has a Citizens Advisory Committee to represent and articulate the needs of transit users.


Public Transit:

SAMTRANS stops within 1 block, CALTRAIN Station within 2 blocks.
1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos, CA 94070 37.5065349 -122.2619399 Government

Service Options

Languages Spoken:

  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Accessibility Options:

  • Wheelchair



$2 regular adult fare (See description of services for special fares). Cash, pass, tokens, Clipper accepted.


None for fixed route. Certification of mobility impairment for discounts on fixed-route or to use paratransit (Redi-Wheels) service

How to Apply:

For Redi-Wheels: call to arrange appointment and get application.

Service Wait Estimate:

Fixed route - no wait.

Service Areas:

  • Palo Alto
  • San Francisco County
  • San Mateo County