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Two ways to Pay your Fare Before you Board*

You pay your fare at the stop at either the MetroCard Fare Collector or Coin Fare Collector machine BEFORE boarding.

Keep your ticket for the duration of your trip.  Fare inspectors randomly check for them. Anyone who cannot produce a valid ticket could be subject to a substantial fine.

You don't give or show your ticket to the bus operator UNLESS you paid with coins and need a transfer. Please board at the front of the bus if you need a transfer.

*Except on the S79 SBS where you continue to pay on board.

MetroCard Fare Collector

MetroCard Fare Collector

Pay here with:


MetroCard (Value or Time), Reduced-Fare MetroCard, transfers, single-ride tickets, and Student MetroCard (but NOT Half-Fare Student MetroCard).
  1. Press the start button.
  2. Insert your MetroCard, transfer or ticket face up into the slot.
  3. Your ticket will be issued automatically.

Paying for more than one person: Only a value-based MetroCard can be used to pay the fare for more than one person. Insert the MetroCard into the machine up to four times for a maximum of four people, and SBS paper tickets will be issued for each person.

Transferring to another SBS bus: You must obtain a new ticket at the bus stop where you plan to board. At the bus stop, insert the same MetroCard you used to pay for your previous trip and a new ticket will be issued.  Multiple tickets will be issued if a value-based MetroCard was used to pay for more than one person.

Coin Fare Collector

MetroCard Fare Collector

Pay here with coins, exact change ONLY (No dollar bills, pennies, or half-dollars accepted).
Full-Fare Customers:

  1. Press black button to start.
  2. Insert exactly $2.75 in coins; if you overpay, no change will be returned.
  3. Your ticket will be issued automatically.

Reduced-Fare Customers and Half-Fare Student MetroCard users:

  1. Press yellow button first
  2. Insert exactly $1.35 in coins; if you overpay, no change will be returned.
  3. Your ticket will be issued automatically.
Transfers: Use your transfer for other local and limited routes, but to transfer to another SBS bus route, insert your SBS transfer into the MetroCard Fare Collector at the SBS bus stop where you plan to board; a ticket will be issued automatically.
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