UPass (Students)

U-Pass - discounted student unlimited transit pass

Metro Transit recently announced some great fare incentives. For Fall 2021, the cost of U-Pass will be half the price - that's only $57 for the entire semester!  U-Pass, a deeply-discounted metro-area transit pass for students, will go back to $114 a semester in Spring 2022.

NOTE: Fall 2021 U-Pass sales started on August 12 - always re-order BEFORE the new semester starts to avoid a gap in service.

 

Order Fall 2021 U-Pass   

The buspass system is unavailable each night from 1-5 am for server maintenance.

Terms & On-Sale Dates

Summer 2021: May 13 - August 30, 2021 (on sale April 26, 2021)
Fall Semester 2021: August 31, 2021 - January 17, 2022 (on sale August 12, 2021)
Spring Semester 2022: January 18 - May 11, 2022 (on sale December 14, 2021)

Features
  • Unlimited rides – 24/7 
  • Renewable online each semester
  • Good on all regular route bus lines and light rail
    • Additional fare may be needed for Northstar #888
      • Stored value MUST be added to U-Pass to cover the difference in fare between the $3.25 that U-Pass covers and the actual fare price
      • Without stored value added to U-Pass, the reader will not accept U-Pass and the rider has to pay full fare
  • U-Pass can save you up to 71%
  • Qualifies you for the Guaranteed Ride Home program
Payment
  • Cost is $57 for Fall 2021 semester
  • Charges are automatically posted to your student account. (U-Pass charges are not eligible for the Installment Payment Plan. Payment must be made in full by the due date.) Student account information
Eligibility – Students must:
  • Be registered for a current semester credit-bearing course on the Twin Cities campus.
  • Have paid the transportation fee.
  • Possess a valid U Card with a valid student ID number.
    • It is NOT possible to get a U-Pass if you don't have a U Card.
  • Have an active U of M Internet account with ID and password. 
    U of M Internet account information
  • Work less than 30 hours if employed at a University staff/faculty position.
    (See the exceptions.)
Pass Delivery

Mail or in-person pick-up is available. Those who want the pass mailed to their permanent home address should order by August 23. Those who select in-person pick-up will need to visit the Transportation & Safety Building and follow the signs to the pick-up location (may vary by day).

Summer U-Pass

To qualify, students must:

  • Possess a valid U Card with a valid student ID number.
  • Have an active U of M Internet account with ID and password. 
    U of M Internet account information
  • Work less than 30 hours if employed at a University staff/faculty position.
    (See the exceptions.)
  • Register for a summer semester credit-bearing course and paid the transportation fee OR have been registered for the previous spring semester credit-bearing course and paid the transportation fee.
Damaged, Lost or Stolen Passes

Fill out the online form to obtain a replacement card. Replacements are mailed. Customers requesting a replacement for a lost or stolen pass will be assessed a $7 fee. Damaged passes will be exchanged for a new one. If you have questions, contact the U-Pass coordinator at buspass@umn.edu.

How to use a Bus Pass