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    Enjoy a stress-free commute when you join us for our limited-stop express service. Turn your attention toward relaxing rather than the cars ahead of you.  To make life even easier, our express routes now offer mobile ticketing.

    These routes begin at park-and-ride facilities where you can leave your car and travel to popular business centers in Los Angeles and Orange County. These routes use freeways, have fewer stops and operate only during peak morning and afternoon times Monday through Friday. Mobile ticketing is available for all Express and OC Express routes so you can easily buy and display your bus pass on your phone. No need to hassle with paper tickets or cash.

    Express Routes
    Two routes offer express service to Los Angeles.

    • Route 701 begins at the Goldenwest Transportation Center in Huntington Beach and travels along the 405, 605, 105 and 110 freeways to a final destination at the Patsaouras Transit Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. 
    • Route 721 begins at the Fullerton Park-and-Ride and travels along the 91 and 110 freeways, to its final destination at the corner of 5th & Beaudry in downtown Los Angeles.
    • Route 794 travels between Riverside and Corona to the South Coast Metro area.  

    OC Express Routes
    Providing express bus service within Orange County, choose from five OC Express Routes:

    • Route 206 – Santa Ana to Lake Forest
    • Route 211 – Huntington Beach to Irvine
    • Route 212 – Irvine to San Juan Capistrano
    • Route 213 – Brea to Irvine
    • Route 216 – Costa Mesa to San Juan Capistrano

    Payments on Board the Bus

    Fareboxes accept most coins and dollar bills, but do not accept pennies or $20 bills and larger. Please have exact fare ready, as fareboxes do not make change. If paying a senior or disabled reduced fare, you must show identification each time you board a bus.

    Express Routes – 701, 721 & 794
     
    Regular cash fare $7.00
    — Additional fare when combined with any valid OCTA bus pass $5.00
    Seniors (60 & older), persons with disabilities and Medicare cardholders* $6.00
    — Additional fare when combined with any valid OCTA bus pass $5.25
    Day Pass (Sold onboard; valid until 11:59 pm on date of purchase) $14.00
    — Seniors (60 & older), persons with disabilities and Medicare cardholders* $12.00

    OC Express Routes – 206, 211, 212, 213, 216
     
    Regular cash fare $4.00
    — Additional fare when combined with any valid OCTA bus pass $2.00
    Seniors, persons with disabilities and Medicare cardholders * $3.50
    — Additional fare when combined with any valid OCTA bus pass $2.75
    Day Pass (Sold onboard, valid until 11:59 pm on date of purchase) $8.00
    — Seniors, persons with disabilities and Medicare cardholders * $7.00

    Prepaid Bus Passes

    Prepaid 30-Day passes are available for sale by OCTA either online, from the OCTA Store located at 600 S. Main St. in Orange, or by mail at: OCTA Pass Sales, PO Box 14184, Orange, CA 92863-1584.
    Express 30-Day Pass (Routes 701, 721, 794)   $210.00
    — Senior/Disabled Express 30-Day Pass (60 & older, Persons w/disabilities & Medicare cardholders)* $180.00
    OC Express 30-Day Pass (Routes 206, 211, 212, 213, 216)   $120.00
    – Senior/Disabled OC Express 30-Day Pass (60 & older, Persons w/disabilities & Medicare cardholders)* $105.00

    Notes

    Local Multi-Day Passes
    When using an OCTA prepaid fare pass to board an Express or OC Express route, an additional cash fare, per boarding is required. The value of these passes toward the boarding fare of an Express or OC Express route is $2.00 or $.75 for seniors (60 & older), persons with disabilities and Medicare cardholders. Click here for a full list of multi-day passes.

    RTA Passes
    OCTA also honors Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) passes on Route 794. When using a valid regular RTA day pass or monthly pass, an additional $4.00 cash fare per boarding is required. When using a valid senior/disabled RTA day pass or monthly pass, an additional $4.25 cash fare per boarding is required.


    * MUST SHOW PROOF OF AGE, DISABILTIY, OR MEDICARE CARD TO OPERATOR. Senior citizens (age 60 & older) must show a valid driver’s license, California DMV card, Medicare card or OCTA Reduced Fare ID card as proof of age. Persons with disabilities must show an OCTA Reduced Fare ID card, Medicare card, Braille Institute ID card, Service Connected Veteran ID card, other transit agencies’ “persons with disabilities” including ACCESS cards, or DMV Disabled Person Placard ID.
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