Reduced Fares

A VIA Reduced Fare ID or Student ID is required and must be presented when boarding in order to pay reduced fares or use discounted passes (children and active-duty U.S. military in uniform are not required to show ID). Senior citizens, Medicare recipients, and disabled veterans can obtain their Reduced Fare ID at VIA’s Customer Service Centers. This service is not currently available at the Randolph, Ellis Alley or Ingram locations.

reduced fare eligibility documentation

Senior Citizens (62 & older)

Seniors age 62 and older must present a government-issued ID with date of birth (state ID, driver’s license, veteran’s ID, or passport).


Veterans who hold a disability rating for aide and attendance, housebound or permanent and total disability rating at the 80-percent level must have written documentation from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying their disability rating.

Medicare Recipients

Medicare recipients must present a valid Medicare Card and government issued ID.

Persons with Certain Disabilities

Persons with certain disabilities can download the Reduced Fare Application, or acquire one from VIA’s Information Centers.


All students (high school, college and trade school) must present a school-issued Student ID. Students attending schools that do not issue student IDs, should inquire at their respective school office or visit a VIA Information Center to obtain a Reduced Fare Card. Contact VIA Customer Service at (210) 362-2020 for details on reduced fare eligibility. Elementary and Middle School students are not required to have a Reduced Fare Card effective Aug. 1, 2017.

Active-Duty U.S. Military

Active-duty U.S. military who are in uniform or who present a VIA Reduced Fare ID my pay a reduced fare or use a Reduced Fare pass.


Children 5-13 years old are not required to show ID effective Aug. 1, 2017. Children 4 years and under ride free.

  • Reduced Fares for Active-Duty Military

    Reduced Fare Passes can be purchased at any VIA Information Center and online. Day Passes can be purchased on the bus. Reduced fare 31-Day Passes are available at several retail stores, including most H-E-B locations (Reduced fare 7-Day Passes are currently not available at H-E-B).

    VIA offers convenient routes that serve destinations throughout the region, including JBSA-Lackland (Route 16) and JBSA-Fort Sam Houston (Route 65) to the USO Downtown. To plan your trip or for bus schedules, visit Trip Planning or call (210) 362-2020.

    Fares Reduced
    7-Day Pass $6.00
    31-Day Pass $19.00
    Day Pass $1.35
    Bus Fare (Regular) $0.65
    Bus Fare (Express) $1.30

    A VIA Reduced Fare ID may be obtained by providing proof of active-duty military status at any of the
    following VIA Information Centers:

    Crossroads Park & Ride
    151 Crossroad Blvd., 78201


    North Star Transit Center
    7538 San Pedro, 78216


    Downtown Information Center
    211 W. Commerce, 78205


    Kel-Lac Park & Ride
    7183 Highway 90 W., 78227


    Centro Plaza at VIA Villa
    909 W. Houston St., 78207


    Medical Center Transit Center
    5330 Medical Dr., 78240


    VIA Metro Center
    1021 San Pedro, 78212


  • Fares for Students

    With a VIA Semester Pass you can save money, study for class, and surf the web. We’ll drive. It’s Economics 101. With VIA’s Semester Pass, you pay $38 and get all this:

    BusUnlimited Rides All Semester

    Use your pass and ride anytime on any regular service bus throughout the system.

    parking feesNo Parking Fees

    Save money. Save time. With a Semester Pass, you spend just pennies a day and never worry about parking.

    WIFIFree 4G LTE WiFi

    Surf the web, work, keep connected, and stay social with free WiFi on every bus.

    Who qualifies for a VIA Semester Pass, and what’s needed to get one?

    Students enrolled in grades K-12 qualify with:

    • A valid school or VIA student photo ID, and

    • Proof of registration, or

    • Semester Pass application.

    Students enrolled at a local college, university or trade school qualify with:

    • A valid school or VIA student photo ID,

    • Proof of registration/enrollment in an accredited college/university degree plan, or trade school curriculum program, and

    • Proof of paid tuition.

    Student Reduced Fare

    Student Reduced Fare Cards are available at no cost for qualifying students if the school does not provide student IDs.

    With this card students can buy VIA passes (excluding Semester Pass) at half the price or pay half fare each time you ride regular bus service or Special Event Park & Ride Service.

    A valid card must be shown when boarding the bus to receive the discount.

    Elementary and Middle School students are not required to have a Reduced Fare Card effective Aug. 1, 2017 to receive the student discount.


    Where can I get a VIA Semester Pass?

    UTSA and Alamo Colleges* students can get their pass on campus.

    • Semester Pass is included in the tuition for Alamo Colleges students.

    • Passes are available at any VIA Information Center.

    No school photo ID? Get one at any of the following locations for just $2:

    VIA Metro Center, 1021 San Pedro Ave., 78212

    Crossroads Park & Ride, 151 Crossroads Blvd., 78201

    Centro Plaza, 909 W. Houston St., 78207

    Downtown Information Center, 211 W. Commerce St., 78205

    Kel-Lac Transit Center, 7319 U.S. Hwy. 90, 78227

    Medical Center Transit Center, 5330 Medical Dr., 78240

    North Star Transit Center, 7528 San Pedro Ave., 78216

    * Semester Pass is included in the tuition for Alamo Colleges Students

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