Rio Metro Bus Fares

Alert Notice

Notice: Effective March 17, 2020, Rio Metro bus and Dial-a-Ride services in Valencia and Sandoval Counties will be fare-free until further notice to minimize face-to-face interactions with other passengers and transit staff in response to the spread of COVID-19.

Fare TypeCost
Full Fare One Way$1 per zone
Reduced Fare One Way$.50 per zone
Full Fare 10-Trip Pass$10
Reduced Fare 10-Trip Pass$5
Full Fare Monthly Pass$30
Reduced Fare Monthly Pass$15

Reduced Fares

Reduces fares are available for:

  • Students (with a valid student ID)
  • Youth ages 10 to 17 (children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Seniors ages 62 and older
  • Individuals with Disabilities
  • People that show a Medicare card
Valencia Bus

Fare Free

The following ride free:

  • Children 9 and under (must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Active Duty Military and Veterans that show
    • VHIC or VA medical card
    • Veteran’s ID (VIC card)
    • Driver’s License with a veteran’s designation
    • Department of Defense Active Duty & Dependent Military IDs
    • NMRX Freedom Pass
  • Show your valid one-way, day, monthly, or annual printed or mobile Rail Runner pass to ride Rio Metro general public Dial-a-Ride buses and fixed/commuter route buses (not valid on Rio Rancho Dial-a-Ride buses)
Sandoval Bus

Individuals with Disabilities

Individuals with disabilities need to be prepared to show one of the following:

  • NM Motor Vehicle Department notification
  • Letter from doctor indicating the disability (with expiration date)
  • An ABQ RIDE Honored Citizen Card
  • A Santa Fe Ride Card or Santa Fe Trails Half Fare Card

Paying on the Bus

  • Passengers are required to have exact fare when boarding the bus
  • One dollar bills and U.S. coins are accepted
  • Drivers do not carry money and cannot make change

Purchase a Monthly Passes

Purchase your monthly Rio Metro monthly bus pass at the following locations:

Valencia County Bus Routes
Los Lunas Transportation Center
101 Courthouse Road SE
Los Lunas, NM 87031 (map)
Phone: 505-352-3595

Sandoval County Bus Routes 
Sandia Shell
7801 Carr Way
Rio Rancho, NM 87144 (map)
Phone: 877-660-1110


Rio Metro does not issue refunds for bus fares.

View the Rio Metro Bus Web Page