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 grace period to the October 1, 2019 date that all student riders must use the Youth Cruiser card for free rides is in effect. School IDs can still be used. There will be an announcement 30 days prior to having the Youth Cruiser card being mandatory.

We encourage all students to use their Youth Cruiser cards and obtain one.


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

Need more information?

For information about

  • Ride On bus service, call the MC311 Information Center by dialing 311 (from out-of-county: 240-777-0311).
  • SmarTrip® cards, including lost or stolen cards, see the SmarTrip® Q&A page or call 1-888-762-7874.

Get email or texts about Ride On news and updates, including Kids Ride Free.

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