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STM Montreal - Transit Fares and the OPUS Smart Card
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OPUS Smart Card

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Using STM public transit instead of a car can equal thousands of dollars in savings. The modest tax credit granted to commuters on federal tax returns doesn't hurt either.

OPUS, a smart card in circulation since April 2008 with transit technology comparable to that in San Francisco and Paris, is a convenient way to stock up on STM's fare plans, not to mention mandatory for access to monthly passes and reduced rates when purchasing 10 one-way trips in one shot. The OPUS card is built to last at least four years if handled with care, ask for a plastic OPUS casing at any metro station. It's designed to protect the microchip from damage thus extending the card's life expectancy.

The OPUS card costs $6. Special fare OPUS cards with photo I.D. vary from $6 for children under age 12 to $15 for students ages 12 to 25 and seniors ages 65 and over.

Full Fare Rates (full bus & metro access on the island of Montreal)*
OPUS Monthly pass: $79.50 ($77 in 2013, $75.50 in 2012, $72.75 in 2011, $70 in 2010, $68.50 in 2009)
Weekly pass: $24.50 ($23.75 in 2013, $23.50 in 2012, $22 in 2011, $20.50 in 2010, $20 in 2009)
OPUS Ten one-way trips: $25.50 ($24.50 in 2013, $24 in 2012, $22.50 in 2011, $21 in 2010, $20 in 2009)
Single one-way trip: $3 ($3 in 2013, $3 in 2012, $3 in 2011, $2.75 in 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007)
Two one-way trips: $5.50 ($5.50 in 2013 $5.50 in 2012, $5.50 in 2011)
24 hour pass: $10 ($9 in 2013) Unlimited evening pass (6 p.m. to 5 a.m.): $5 ($4 in 2013, $4 in 2012, $4 in 2011)
Unlimited weekend pass (6 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday): $13 ($12 in 2013)
Three-day Tourist Card: $18 ($18 in 2013, $16 in 2012, $16 in 2011, $14 in 2010, $17 in 2009)

Reduced Rates for Students Ages 6-17** and Seniors*** (full bus & metro access on the island of Montreal)
OPUS Monthly pass: $47.25 ($45 in 2013, $43.75 in 2012, $41 in 2011, $38.75 in 2010, $37 in 2009)
Four-month monthly pass: $180 ($175 in 2013, $164 in 2012, $155 in 2011)
Weekly pass: $14.75 ($14 in 2013, $13.75 in 2012, $12.75 in 2011, $11.50 in 2010, $11.25 in 2009)
OPUS Ten one-way trips: $15.50 ($14.50 in 2013, $14 in 2012, $13 in 2011, $12 in 2010, $10.75 in 2009) (only available with OPUS)
One one-way trip: $2 ($2 in 2013, $2 in 2012, $2 in 2011, $1.75 in 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007)
Two one-way trips: $3.50 ($3.50 in 2013, $3.50 in 2012, $3.50 in 2011)
Unlimited evening pass (6 p.m. to 5 a.m.): $4 ($4 in 2013, $4 in 2012, $4 in 2011)
24 hour pass: $10 ($9 in 2013) Unlimited evening pass (6 p.m. to 5 a.m.): $5 ($4 in 2013, $4 in 2012, $4 in 2011)
Unlimited weekend pass (6 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday): $13 ($12 in 2013)
Three-day Tourist Card: $18 ($18 in 2013, $16 in 2012, $16 in 2011, $14 in 2010, $17 in 2009)

*Parents, after presenting a valid transit pass, can bring along up to five kids ages 12 and under without additional charge on weekends and legal holidays.

**Students ages 18 to 25 benefit from monthly and weekly pass rebates identical to seniors and students under the age of 18 but all other fare packages are set at regular rates. Note that kids under 6 travel free. Kids ages 6 to 11 pay reduced rates but do not require proof of age whereas students ages 12 to 25 must use a Photo I.D. OPUS card to travel at reduced rates. Consult the calendar to find out when photo sessions are scheduled at your school and go to the OPUS card service centre with required identification and signed request form. Service fee ranges from $6 to $15.

***Seniors ages 65 and up must use an OPUS Photo I.D. card to travel at reduced rates. Go to the OPUS card service centre with required identification to have your picture taken and receive your card. Service fee $15.

Note that tickets cannot be purchased aboard buses. Pre-purchased tickets, passes or exact change are accepted on buses. Sources: STM, Voyagez futé

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