How do transfers work for BATA bus transportation?

If you’re planning on transferring between buses, you must request a printed transfer from the driver when boarding the bus. If you don’t, you’ll need to buy another ticket for your connecting bus. Drivers will not be able to issue transfers to riders exiting the bus. Transfers printed when boarding Village Loop and all Link buses are valid for 90 minutes (an hour and a half) from the time of issue. Transfers printed when boarding City Loop buses are valid for 40 minutes from the time of issue.  If your transfer from that day expires and is not accepted into the fare machine, do not despair, show your driver the card.  We may be able to help.


How do I use my reduced fare card for my BATA bus trip?

When boarding a BATA bus, all you have to do is show the bus driver your reduced fare card and they will enter the proper amount in the system. After the bus driver has entered the correct amount you can use the flash fare system by paying with cash, Zip Ticket or Zoom Card. We offer reduced fare cards for seniors, veterans, active military, students, individuals with disabilities. 

For more information regarding reduced fare look at our reduced fares page here!


What’s the Difference between a Zip Ticket and a Zoom Card?

• Both Zoom Cards and Zip Tickets offer an added value of $3.75 for each $30 purchased ($33.75, $67.50, etc.). 

• Zip Tickets are paper tickets that show the printed balance on the card.  They are not refillable. 

• Zoom Cards are a durable, plastic, stored-value card that can be sometimes be sensed on the bus scanner from inside wallets and small purses without the need to insert the card. The Zoom Cards can also be “recharged” with added value. The balance is displayed on the scanner when boarding the bus.


*Look at our tickets and passes page here for more information*


Where can I purchase tickets/cards with debit or credit cards?

Tickets and or cards can be purchased with a debit or visa card at the Cass Road Station or the Hall Street Transfer Station. We accept Visa or Mastercard.


Download the Journey app and pay for your fares right from your mobile device.  See for more information.


Please note that Zip Tickets and Zoom Cards are nonrefundable. BATA is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets or cards.