Fare reform

What’s new with the fare reform?

In July 2021, the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) launched the first phase of the fare reform. The first stage included harmonizing free travel for children and student fares across the metropolitan area, as well as launching the All Modes fares in the southern and northern suburbs.

In effect as of July 1, 2022

The ARTM will begin implementing the second phase of the fare reform in July 2022. The new steps that may affect you include:

  • Launching the All Modes A and AB* fares
  • Launching the Bus and Out-of-Territory Bus fares
  • Withdrawing the All Modes C and D fares, some former TRAM, RTL, STM, STL fares and several fares for exo sectors

The new fare schedule will come into effect on July 1.

View all passes and their fares

*Since December 1, 2021, the All Modes AB fare has been available when paying in cash.

How are you affected?

Select or enter the municipality that corresponds to your starting point

  • Agglomeration of Montréal
  • Agglomeration of Longueuil
  • Laval
  • Northern suburb
  • Southern suburbs
  • Outside the ARTM limit

Zone A

Agglomeration of Montréal

  • Launch of the All Modes A fares as 1-trip, monthly, 4-month and weekly passes 

Zone B

Agglomeration of Longueuil

  • Launch of the Bus fares
  • Launch of the All Modes AB fares as 1-trip and monthly passes

Zone B

Municipality of Laval

  • Launch of the Bus fares
  • Launch of the All Modes AB fares as 1-trip and monthly passes

Zone B

Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville

  • Launch of the Bus fares 
  • Launch of the All Modes AB fares as 1-trip and monthly passes 

Zone C

Northern suburbs

  • Launch of the Bus and Out-of-Territory Bus fares 
  • Withdrawal of the All Modes C fares 

Zone C

Southern suburbs

  • Launch of the Bus and Out-of-Territory Bus fares 
  • Withdrawal of the All Modes C fares 

Zone D

Outside the ARTM limit

  • Launch of the Out-of-territory Bus fare
  • Withdrawal of the All Modes D fares

New fare zones

The entire metropolitan area now has four zones instead of eight.

To see the municipalities in a zone, move around the map and select a zone.

Zone A Agglomeration of Montréal
Zone B Agglomeration of Longueuil and Laval
Zone C Northern and southern suburbs
Zone D Outside the ARTM limit
ARTM territory

Zone A

List of municipalities with paratransit services
  • Agglomeration of Montréal
    • Baie-D’Urfé
    • Beaconsfield
    • Côte-Saint-Luc
    • Dollard-des-Ormeaux
    • Dorval
    • Hampstead
    • Kirkland
    • L’Île-Dorval
    • Montréal
    • Montréal-Est
    • Montréal-Ouest
    • Mont-Royal
    • Pointe-Claire
    • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue
    • Senneville
    • Westmount
View the specific information for zone A

Zone B

List of municipalities with paratransit services
  • Agglomeration of Longueuil
    • Boucherville
    • Brossard
    • Longueuil
    • Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville
    • Saint-Lambert
  • Laval
View the specific information for zone B

Zone C

List of municipalities with paratransit services
  • Northern suburb
    • Blainville
    • Boisbriand
    • Bois-des-Filion
    • Charlemagne
    • Deux-Montagnes
    • L’Assomption
    • Lorraine
    • Mascouche
    • Mirabel
    • Oka
    • Pointe-Calumet
    • Pointe-des-Cascades
    • Repentigny
    • Rosemère
    • Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines
    • Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-lac
    • Sainte-Thérèse
    • Saint-Eustache
    • Saint-Jérôme
    • Saint-Joseph-du-Lac
    • Saint-Sulpice
    • Terrebonne
  • Southern suburbs
    • Beauharnois
    • Beloeil
    • Calixa-Lavallée
    • Candiac
    • Carignan
    • Chambly
    • Châteauguay
    • Contrecoeur
    • Delson
    • Hudson
    • L’Île-Perrot
    • La Prairie
    • Léry
    • Les Cèdres
    • McMasterville
    • Mercier
    • Mont-Saint-Hilaire
    • Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot
    • Otterburn Park
    • Pincourt
    • Richelieu
    • Saint-Amable
    • Saint-Basile-le-Grand
    • Saint-Constant
    • Sainte-Catherine
    • Sainte-Julie
    • Saint-Jean-Baptiste
    • Saint-Lazare
    • Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu
    • Saint-Mathieu
    • Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil
    • Saint-Philippe
    • Terrasse-Vaudreuil
    • Varennes
    • Vaudreuil-Dorion
    • Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac
    • Verchères
View the specific information for zone C

Zone D

List of municipalities with paratransit services
  • Outside the ARTM limit
    • Marieville
    • Rigaud
    • Saint-Clet
    • Sainte-Marthe
    • Saint-Placide
    • Très-Saint-Rédempteur
    • Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu
    • Saint-Charles-sur-Richelieu
    • Saint-Marc-sur-Richelieu
    • Rougemont
    • Saint-Césaire
    • Sainte-Angèle-de-Monnoir
    • Pointe-Fortune
    • Sainte-Justine-de-Newton
View the specific information for zone D

New transit fare categories

Since the fare reform was implemented in July 2021, the number of transit fares has been reduced to simplify fares in the greater metropolitan area.

As of July 1, 2022, 332 fares are being withdrawn, including STM, STL, RTL and exo fares, as well as some TRAIN and TRAM fares. All of these fares are being replaced by the All Modes fares or Bus fares.

Along with these withdrawals, the ARTM is launching 29 new fares that fall into two fare categories: All Modes and Bus fares.

All Modes fares for zones A, B, C and D

All Modes A

This fare allows you to travel on paratransit vehicles and by metro, REM (once in service), train or bus within zone A.

All Modes AB

This fare allows you to travel on paratransit vehicles and by metro, REM (once in service), train or bus within and between zones A and B.

All Modes ABC

This fare allows you to travel on paratransit vehicles and by metro, REM (once in service), train or bus within and between zones A, B and C.

All Modes ABCD

This fare allows you to travel on paratransit vehicles and by metro, REM (once in service), train or bus within and between zones A, B, C and D.

Bus fares for zones A, B, C and D

Bus

This fare allows you to travel on paratransit vehicles within and between zones B and C on the same shore.

  • Between the Agglomeration of Longueuil and the southern suburbs
  • Between Laval and the northern suburbs

If you want to travel to zone A or travel from one shore to the other, you must purchase an All Modes fare.

You can also travel on certain buses in the regular network with this fare. Please note that this fare is not valid on all bus lines. View the list of excluded bus lines.

Out-of-Territory Bus

This fare allows you to travel on paratransit vehicles and on some buses in the regular network within and between zones B, C and D on the same shore.

  • Between the Agglomeration of Longueuil, the southern suburbs and out-of-territory municipalities located on the South Shore
  • Between Laval, the northern suburbs and out-of-territory municipalities located on the North Shore

Please note that this fare is not valid on all bus lines in the regular network. View the list of excluded bus lines.

Find out how the Out-of-Territory Bus fare works when it is used in the regular network.

Good to know

You must have a valid fare for the zone you are departing from, the zones you will travel through and the zone you will arrive in. 

To understand how the fare reform will affect you, view the specific information for your zone.

Fare Selector

Fares valid as of July 1, 2022

* The age 6-11 fare applies to children traveling alone. These children can travel for free on public transit if they are accompanied . Conditions apply.

This tool presents transit fares for a trip between selected municipalities. Other transit fares may be suitable under certain conditions.

Please remember that this is not a trip planner.

Paratransit fare schedules

Public transit fares in the Greater Montréal area are set by the ARTM.

Schedule in effect until June 30, 2022

View passes and fares

Schedule comes into effect on July 1, 2022

View passes and fares

An accessible version of the fare schedule is available upon request. Please send your request to reception@artm.quebec

Good to know

You will be able to purchase your monthly pass for July as of June 20, 2022. If you are a subscriber, you will be contacted by your subscription manager with instructions on how to proceed for July 1, 2022.

If the fare you used to purchase is not included in the new schedule, view the specific information about the withdrawal of certain fares in the zone your municipality is located in.

Implementation phases

2021
2022
2023 – 2025
  • Launching the All Modes ABC and ABCD fares
  • Harmonizing free travel for children
  • Harmonizing the student discount
  • Starting the gradual withdrawal of old transit fares
  • Launching the 1-trip cash pass for All Modes AB
  • Launching the All Modes A fares
  • Launching the monthly and 1-trip (paper) passes for All Modes AB
  • Launching the Bus and Out-of-Territory Bus fares
  • Continuing the gradual withdrawal of old transit fares
  • Continuing the harmonizing of fares
  • Continuing and completing the phasing out of old transit fares
2021
  • Launching the All Modes ABC and ABCD fares
  • Harmonizing free travel for children
  • Harmonizing the student discount
  • Starting the gradual withdrawal of old transit fares
  • Launching the 1-trip cash pass for All Modes AB
2022
  • Launching the All Modes A fares
  • Launching the monthly and 1-trip (paper) passes for All Modes AB
  • Launching the Bus and Out-of-Territory Bus fares
  • Continuing the gradual withdrawal of old transit fares
2023 – 2025
  • Continuing the harmonizing of fares
  • Continuing and completing the phasing out of old transit fares

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Promotional fares

Since July 1, 2021, two promotional fares have been harmonized in the metropolitan area: the student discount and free travel for children.

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Student discount 

The student discount allows full-time students aged 18 and up to obtain a 40% discount on monthly passes.

 

Free travel for children (11 and under)

Children aged 11 and under can travel for free* on paratransit at all times in zones A, B, C and D while under the supervision of a person aged 14 and up. This person must have a valid transit pass.

*Conditions for free travel for children

Please note that certain conditions apply to free travel for children, in accordance with the Québec government’s Paratransit Eligibility Policy. Some conditions apply:

  • You may travel with an accompanying person if you obtain authorization to do so upon being granted access to paratransit.
  • You must mention that someone will be accompanying you when making your reservation.
  • The maximum number of children allowed is limited to those registered in your user file.
  • If necessary, please contact your paratransit service for more information on applicable conditions.

Progressive fare increases

The fare reform aims to simplify and harmonize public transit fares for the benefit of all residents of the Greater Montréal area. Therefore, in order to avoid a sudden increase in prices, fares for some transit passes will increase gradually.

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Progressive fare increases 

In order to avoid a sudden increase in prices, the fares for some passes will be gradually increased over a period of four years until they are similar to an All Modes or Bus fare.

To learn about the new fares, view the fare schedule.

Points of sale

You can purchase your transit fares at various locations throughout the metropolitan area. If you require additional assistance before your purchase or have additional questions, we suggest you contact your transit agency’s customer service department.

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Find a point of sale near you among the hundred or so locations in the Greater Montréal area. Inquire about passes before travelling, as some passes are not available everywhere.

  • Northern and southern suburbs and commuter train network – exo
  • Agglomeration of Longueuil – RTL
  • Laval – STL
  • Agglomeration of Montréal – STM

Information capsule

Learn more about the main principles of the fare reform and the new features of the 2nd phase of implementation.

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Learn more about the main principles of the fare reform and the new features of the 2nd phase of implementation.

Watch the information capsule (in french only)

Frequently asked questions

Find out more answers to your questions in the FAQ about fare reform.

No. Due to technological constraints, it is not possible to load all your passes on the same OPUS card.

As of July 1, 2022, the OPUS card will be able to support the following fares or passes:

  • All Modes A fares
  • Bus fares
  • Monthly All Modes AB, ABC and ABCD and Out-of-Territory Bus fares
  • Unlimited Evening and Unlimited Weekend passes
  • Old transit fares being phased out as part of the fare reform

 

All Modes AB, ABC, ABCD and Out-of-Territory Bus 1-trip, 2-trip and 10-trip passes may be purchased on non-reloadable smart cards (available at regular fare only) or on a new, specially marked, free OPUS card. Ask your transportation agency for information on obtaining your new OPUS card.

The current fare schedule is the result of combining 17 fare schedules (for the former intermunicipal boards of transport and the current public transit agencies) and more than 700 fares. They were particularly confusing in the northern and southern suburbs. The last major reform was carried out in 1998, and the situation has changed significantly since then, including the creation of the ARTM, which is responsible for fares for the metropolitan area. Fare reform became even more necessary with the integration of public transit across the metropolitan area. It will greatly simplify the user experience.

1 fare schedule instead of 17 (once the reform is complete)
4 fare zones instead of 8
About 100 transit fares compared to more than 700
Harmonized reduced fares for children and students

No. The fare reform will be implemented gradually.

  • In July 2021 – already completed:
    • Launch of “All Modes” ABC, ABCD, C and D (formerly zones 4 to 8) fares
    • Harmonization of free travel for children (6 to 11 years old)
    • Harmonization of the reduced fare for students (40% discount when purchasing a monthly pass)
    • Start of the gradual withdrawal of old transit fares
  • In December 2021, to meet the travel needs of teleworkers – already completed:
    • Launch of the “All Modes AB” 10-trip booklet
    • Downward adjustment of the “All Modes ABC” and “TRAM 3” multi-trip fares
  • Scheduled for July 2022:
    • Launch of “All Modes” A and AB (formerly zones 1, 2 and 3) fares
    • Introduction of the “Bus” and “Bus Outside ARTM Limit” multi-zone fares
    • Introduction of special bus passes related to the REM (South Shore branch)
    • Withdrawal of the “All Modes” D fares
    • Continuation of the gradual withdrawal of the old transit fares
  • Between now and 2025:
    • Continuation of the harmonization of fares and fare payment practices
    • Continuation and completion of the gradual withdrawal of the old transit fares

Yes. The fare reform covers all public transit services in the Greater Montréal Area. That includes the paratransit network (e.g., replacement of double fare on paratransit, alignment of free access for children aged 11 and under, alignment of the reduced fare for students).

The transit organizations’ customer service departments are in the best position to answer users’ questions.

As of July 2021, there are four large fare zones:

  • Zone A: Agglomeration of Montréal (formerly zones 1 and 2)
  • Zone B: Agglomeration of Longueuil and Laval (formerly Zone 3)
  • Zone C: North and South Shores (formerly zones 4 to 7)
  • Zone D: Outside ARTM service area (formerly Zone 8)

Following our public consultations in 2020, we decided to base the new zones on city boundaries and geographic regions. This approach takes distance into account and has the added benefit for riders of being easier to understand and to work with, since there are fewer zones.

Zone D represents the municipalities outside of the ARTM territory, but with which the ARTM has concluded agreements in order to offer public transit services to the citizens of those areas.

The All Modes fare gives users access to all regular and adapted modes of transportation available throughout the ARTM’s territory and in a few municipalities outside the ARTM’s territory in one or more zones. For example, if you have an “All Modes AB” pass, you can use it on buses, the metro, commuter trains and the REM (when it is put into service), for travel within or between zones A and B.

  • The “Bus” fares allow the use of bus services in or between zones A, B and C.
  • The “Out-of-Territory Bus” fares allow the use of bus services in or between zones C and D, as well as on the exo bus routes operating in zone B.

However, the “Bus” and “Out-of-Territory Bus” fares are not accepted on certain bus lines. In such cases, you must purchase an appropriate “All Modes” fare for your trip.

Yes. Except for Unlimited Evening and Unlimited Weekend fares, which will be maintained, only All Modes, Bus and Out-of-Territory Bus fares will be available after the reform. These will allow you to travel in or between Zones A, B, C or D, depending on the fares you purchase. None of the other fares that were available before the first phase of the fare reform was rolled out in July 2021 will be retained.

All Modes fares are primarily sold as monthly passes and for cash payment.

  • For All Modes A, the weekly passes, 4-month passes and 1-trip tickets (magnetic card) are added to the basic options.
  • For All Modes AB, the 1-trip tickets (paper) are added to the basic options.

Yes. Bus fares allow you to use paratransit services in or between Zones B and C on the same shore.

  • For paratransit trips in or to Zone A (Montréal) (or passing through Montréal), users must have the appropriate All Modes fare.
  • For paratransit trips in or between Zones B, C and D, an Out-of-Territory Bus fare is required.

As soon as the REM South Shore branch is in service, some RTL and exo buses from the southern suburbs will be diverted to one of the REM stations instead of going to downtown Montréal.

Since the current fares of these transit agencies as well as the new “Bus” and “Out-of-Territory Bus” fares only allow for the use of bus services, and in order to mitigate an abrupt fare increase for customers by requiring the purchase of the appropriate “All Modes” fare for the rider’s trip, new fares will be introduced starting in July 2022.

  • The “RTL/REM Transit” fare will allow the use of all RTL bus services in addition to providing access to the REM’s South Shore branch when it is put into service.
  • The “CRC-SJU-VR” fare will allow the use of all bus services circulating in and between zones A, B and C of the Chambly-Richelieu-Carignan, Sainte-Julie and Vallée-du-Richelieu sectors, in addition to providing access to the REM’s South Shore branch as soon as it is put into service.
  • The “LR-ROUS” fare will allow the use of the bus services running in and between zones A, B and C of the Le Richelain and Roussillon sectors, in addition to providing access to the REM’s South Shore branch as soon as it is put into service.
  • The “VR Saint-Hyacinthe” fare will allow the use of the bus services circulating in and between zones A, B, C and D of the Vallée-du-Richelieu sector, in addition to providing access to the REM’s South Shore branch as soon as it is put into service.
  • The “CRC Marieville” fare will allow the use of the bus services circulating in and between zones A, B, C and D of the Chambly-Richelieu-Carignan sector, in addition to providing access to the REM’s South Shore branch as soon as it is put into service.

All subscribers affected by the fare reform rollout will receive email communications from exo or the STM (depending on the program) with instructions on how to change their transit fare. This change will have to be made directly in their customer account.

A fare check may be requested at any time during your trip. Inspectors or other authorized individuals may check if your fare is valid or ask you to confirm how you paid for it.

If you can’t prove that you paid your fare, you may get a ticket and be subject to a fine under our by-law on the conditions regarding the possession and use of transit fares for public transit services in the metropolitan area (French only).

Yes, tickets withdrawn from the fare schedule on July 1 can still be validated after that date.

Only municipalities that offer public transit services to their citizens through the following transport organizations are included: exo, Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL), Société de transport de Laval (STL) and Société de transport de Montréal (STM).

The digital tool may offer you both All modes and Bus fares. It is important to confirm the modes of transport you will be using to make your journey with the help of a journey planner, such as the Chrono mobile application.  

If your journey can be made by bus only, you can opt for a Bus fare which is cheaper than an All modes fare. Conversely, if more than one mode of transport is required to make the journey (e.g. bus and metro), you will need an All modes fare. 

 

Once you have determined the category of transit fare suitable for your trip (i.e. All modes or Bus), select the type of fare (e.g. single, 2-pass, 10-pass, monthly, etc.) that is most cost-effective based on the frequency of use you are considering. To help you decide, you can visit the webpage Fares and Fares schedules.

This digital tool helps public transport users to select their fares, but it is not a journey planner. It is therefore important to ensure that you can make the journey by bus only before purchasing a Bus fare.

Several mobile applications allow you to obtain a public transit route. The ARTM is developing, in collaboration with public transit organizations, the Chrono mobile application that allows you to plan a trip and much more. 

To simplify the life of users and pricing in the metropolitan area, two categories of Bus fares have been created (Bus fare and Out-of-territory bus fare). Bus fares can be used for travel in one or more zones, at a single attractive fare.

The tool is certainly accessible via the following browsers: Chrome, Edge, Safari and Firefox. Note that it could also be accessible through other browsers, although they have not been specifically tested.