Kids Ride Free

Effective July 1, 2019, all Montgomery County youth ages 18 and under ride FREE all the time on Ride On buses, including Ride On Flex.

  • Children under 5 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • All children ride at the discretion of their parents or guardians.
five teens holding Youth Cruiser SmarTrip cards

How to ride free on Ride On buses

for Montgomery County residents ages 5 to 18 (older if still in high school)

A valid school ID is acceptable through September 30, 2019.
Effective October 1, 2019, all student riders must use the Youth Cruiser SmarTrip® Card for free rides.
July 1 through September 30, 2019 is the transition period for all Youth riders to obtain and use the Youth Cruiser SmarTrip® Card.


See the list of Metro bus routes that are covered under the Kids Ride Free program.

Lose an item on a Ride On bus? Contact our Lost & Found.