Fairfax Connector Fares and Transfers

Effective June 25, 2017

Fares (PDF) I Tarifas (PDF)

  • Children: Up to 2 children ages 4 and under (traveling with an adult paying full fare) travel FREE
  • Students: Fairfax County High School and Middle School students with valid Free Student Bus Pass travel FREE between hours of 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Transfer: Passengers transferring from the VRE system to a Fairfax Connector bus will be allowed a free, one-way transfer when boarding at a VRE station. Passengers must display valid VRE fare media (passes, tickets). Passengers returning on a Fairfax Connector bus to a VRE station are required to pay the full, applicable bus fare.

Policies and Guidelines

Fares and Policies Brochure (PDF)


  • Please have your fare media (SmarTrip® cards, cash, passes) ready when boarding the bus.
  • Exact fare is required when paying by cash. Pennies are not accepted.
  • Drivers do not carry cash and do not make change.
  • Fairfax Connector no longer issues paper transfers. However, paper transfers from other systems will be honored.
  • Swipe your SmarTrip® card separately from other electronic-readable media to avoid malfunctions and misreads, including reading of information embedded in other media.
  • Fare media may be purchased at Connector Store locations.
  • Bus passes issued by regional bus systems, including VRE passes, VRE Transit Link Cards, DASH Pass or MetroAccess ID cards can be used as valid fare media. Transfers using a SmarTrip® card are valid for making an unlimited number of bus-to-bus transfers, including round trips, within two hours of the first boarding. An additional fare may have to be paid when transferring between transit systems.
  • Full fares are discounted to the amounts on the fare chart for customers 65 years of age and older and persons with disabilities.
  • Seniors can receive a reduced fare by showing the bus operator a Medicare or Medicaid card and paying the fare in cash. However, the preferred method is to utilize a Senior SmarTrip® card. Individuals can acquire a Senior SmarTrip® card at any Connector Store or WMATA Commuter Store by showing proof of age and paying the $2.50 card purchase fee.
  • For information on receiving a reduced fare for persons with disabilities, visit WMATA's reduced fare program.

Travel Cheaper and Easier with SmarTrip®

  • A SmarTrip® card provides for up to two hours of free bus-to-bus transfers, and $0.50 discounts for bus-to-rail transfers.
  • SmarTrip® cards can be purchased at Connector Stores, Metrorail Stations, and most CVS and Giant Food locations.

More Information on Fares and Policies

If you have questions on fares or policies, you can email us at fairfaxconnector@fairfaxcounty.gov or call our Telephone Information Center (TIC) at 703-339-7200, TTY 703-339-1608 (Monday - Friday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday - Sunday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

You can also get more information by visiting one of our Connector Stores at six convenient locations:

Franconia-Springfield Metro Station
6880 Frontier Drive, Springfield, VA 22150
Monday - Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride
12530 Sunrise Valley Drive, Herndon, VA 20171
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 6:30 - 10:30 a.m., 3 - 7 p.m.

Reston Town Center Transit Station
12051 Bluemont Way, Reston, VA 20190
Monday - Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Stringfellow Park and Ride
4920 Stringfellow Road, Centreville, VA
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 6:30 - 10:30 a.m., 3 - 7 p.m.

Tysons West*Park Transit Station
8300 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22102
Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station
11389 Reston Station Boulevard, Reston, VA 20190
Monday - Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.


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