Please find below tips and helpful information about the fares, fare policies and bus passes for riding public buses and trolleys in Manatee County.

Local Fixed Route Fare
Regular Bus Fare
  • Regular Bus Fare
  • Longboat Key Shuttle Fare (no discounts)
Discounted Fare (Half Fare) Categories
  • Students
  • Disabled (Must present Mobility Card)
  • Seniors age 60-79
  • Medicare Card Holder
  • Active Duty and all Military veterans
Free Fare Categories
  • Children age 5 and younger
  • Seniors 80 and older
  • Anna Maria Island Trolley
  • Beach Express Sundays/Holidays
Free Fare
M Card 1 Day Regular $4.00
M Card 1 Day Discount $2.00
M Card 7 Day Regular $12.00
M Card 7 Day Discount $6.00
M Card 31 Day Regular $40.00
M Card 31 Day Discount $20.00
Regional “R” Card 30 Day Regular $60.00
Regional “R” Card 30 Day Discount $30.00
Skyway ConneXion One Way Fare $5.00
Skyway ConneXion Express Fare $3.00
Skyway ConneXion Unlimited Day Fares $10.00
Summer ConneXion Fares (Age 19 and younger) $25.00

Exact Fare: U.S. coins/currency/M Cards/R Cards only or you will receive a change card. Our operators cannot make change.

M Cards and R Cards are good for unlimited rides during the time period imprinted on the back of the card. Transfers are not required when using an M Card or R Card. Swipe your card every time you board an MCAT bus. M Cards and R Cards are the property of MCAT and are non-refundable, non-transferable and/or non-replaceable if lost, stolen, altered, rendered inoperable or destroyed and are for transportation on MCAT fixed-route buses only. Unauthorized use, reproduction or sales of cards are subject to deactivation, confiscation and/or legal prosecution.

Discount Cards and Fare Eligibility

Discount cards can be purchased when certain documentation is provided at time of sale. Examples of this documentation can be as follows:

  • Senior (ages 60-79): Current valid photo ID with age
  • Medicare: Current valid photo ID with Medicare card
  • Disability: Letter from physician identifying medical condition falls under Part 37 of Transportation Services for Individuals with Disabilities (ADA)
  • Active Duty and All Military Veterans: Valid photo ID
  • Student: Currently enrolled with valid student ID.

NOTE: With discount cards documentation may be requested at any time by the driver. MCAT will provide a Mobility Card to those who receive a discount card due to disability.

Mobility Card

A Mobility Card will be provided to the rider by MCAT when a disability or Veteran status is present to serve as documentation and proof for the discount card. The Mobility Card will alleviate the need to carry medical or Veteran documentation that qualifies the rider for the discount card. This is a separate card from the M Card and will need to be carried with the M Card in case verification is needed. Mobility Cards can be obtained by presenting a letter from a physician or Veteran eligibility paperwork to the Downtown Station and Desoto Station Ticket Sales Offices. For more information, please call Transit Information at (941) 749-7116.

Mail-In Pass Purchase Application

The 7 and 31-Day Discount M Cards and 30-Day Discount R Cards are only available at the MCAT Ticket Booth and by mail (photocopies of eligibility documents by mail are required). You must show proof of eligibility at the time of purchase.

Token Transit Pass

Mobile Fare Payment

Manatee County’s Transit Division has partnered with Token Transit for mobile fare payment. Simply download the Token Transit application on your smartphone, use a credit card to purchase your MCAT tickets (all types are available) and show your purchased and activated ticket to the bus driver when you board.

Sales and Information Offices

Downtown Bradenton
601 13th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205
M-F, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

DeSoto Station
820 301 Boulevard West
Bradenton, FL 34205
M-F, 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sales and Information offices hours are subject to change. M Cards and R Cards purchased with checks returned for insufficient funds will be deactivated.

Goodwill Store
2715 51st Ave East
Bradenton , FL 34208

Goodwill Store
8750 State Road 70
Bradenton, FL 34202

Goodwill Store
3465 Cortez Road West
Bradenton, FL 34205

Discount Fare Cards not available at Goodwill Store locations.