A Hop card is not required to ride, but if you want to use reduced fares for seniors, youth, people with disabilities, people who qualify based on income, veterans and active-duty military, or if you use transit frequently and you want to save money by earning Month Passes as you ride, you should get a Hop card:
- Get a reloadable plastic Hop card from the grocery store. Cards cost $3 and you can choose from Adult (18-64), Honored Citizen (65+ or Medicare) or Youth (7-17, high school/GED). Honored Citizen and Youth fares are reduced fares (half the price of Adult fares) so proof of eligibility is required when boarding. Register and load money on your card at myhopcard.com or load money on your card at the grocery store.
- Tap your card on the green Hop reader as you board. The screen will show a confirmation that you paid your fare and you will hear an audible chime. You’re good to go!
Your fare is valid for 2½ hours, during which time you can board any combination of buses, MAX trains or Portland Streetcar to complete your trip. Remember to tap the Hop reader every time you board a bus or train (including when you transfer), as your tap is your proof of payment.