Fares and Passes

THE 12 DAYS OF CELEBRATION FREE FARE EVENT BEGINS ON THURSDAY DECEMBER 17TH! Join us for a free ride on transit from the 17th - 31st of December. Our holiday thanks to our fantastic community, provided via a Low Carbon Transit Operations Program grant.

Debit and Credit Cards Now Accepted!

The Transit Services Division is now able to accept debit and credit card payment for the purchase of bus passes. Passes may be purchased the first three (3) business days of the month at Tinloy Transit Center and at the Gold Country Stage office at 12350 La Barr Meadows Rd., Grass Valley, Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Please note that there is a $2.50 processing fee when using a debit or credit card for purchasing bus passes. Effective October 25, 2019.

Monthly Pass Sales

Monthly bus passes may be purchased at the Tinloy Transit Center (118 Tinloy St., Grass Valley) on the first 2 business days of the month between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM. 

Monthly passes may also be purchased at the Gold Country Stage Transit offices, located at 12350 La Barr Meadows Rd., Grass Valley (the Nevada County Airport) Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Discount cards are also available during the same time frames for those who are qualified. Please see Discount Fare Eligibility Requirements section below. Discount cards must be shown in order to receive discount fares.

Gold Country Stage “Golden Ticket”

The Golden Ticket is a Lifetime Pass for seniors aged 80 and over. The Golden Ticket will provide the pass holder with unlimited free rides on all Gold Country Stage routes (1 – 6) for the lifetime of the pass holder. Eligibility is open to all Nevada County seniors with proof of age (valid California ID card or Driver’s License).

In addition Gold Country Stage will be partnering with Connecting Point to offer Travel Training to any interested persons seeking assistance in utilizing the fixed route bus system (Gold Country Stage).

**The Golden Ticket pass is not for use on Gold Country Lift paratransit services.

System Changes Effective March 1, 2018

Discount Fare ID cards

In order to improve service efficiency, Gold Country Stage (GCS) will begin issuing Discount Fare Picture ID cards to eligible users. Discount Fare ID cards will be available starting February 14, 2018 at the Transit Services office or the Tinloy Transit Center at the dates and times noted above. The application is located on our web site on the Fares and Passes page along with the accepted documentation for eligibility. ALL DISCOUNT FARE USERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A DISCOUNT FARE ID CARD.

Change in check acceptance policy

GCS will no longer accept personal checks under $20.00.


Gold Country Stage provides service in two zones; Zone 1 fares apply to passengers traveling within the local bus zone only (Grass Valley, Nevada City and the Brunswick Basin). Zone 2 fares apply to passengers traveling on regional routes 5 (Auburn) and 6 (Penn Valley). The route 5 zone 2 boundary is Alta Sierra Drive. The route 6 zone 2 boundary is Bitney Springs Road.

Cash Fares

  Zone 1 Zone 2
Adult (18+) $1.50 $3.00
Discount (Seniors 65+/ Disabled/Youth (6-17) $.75 $1.50
Children (5 and under) FREE FREE
Transfers FREE FREE


One-day Pass (Non-transferable)    
(Unlimited rides) Adult (18+)  $4.50 $7.50
Discount (Seniors 65+/ Disabled/Youth (6-17) $2.25 $3.75
Monthly Pass (Non-transferable)    
Adult (18+)  $45.00 $90.00
Discount (Seniors 65+/ Disabled/Youth (6-17) $22.50 $45.00

Discount Fare Card application

In order to improve service efficiency, Gold Country Stage (GCS) will begin issuing Discount Fare Picture ID cards to eligible users. The Discount Fare Card will be required in order to receive a discount fare on our system. 

Click this link Discount Fare Card Application to fill out your application. Print your application and bring both pages and the required documentation to the address listed on the form on or after February 14, 2018.

Discount Fare Cards may also be obtained at the Tinloy Transit Center on the first three business days each month between the hours of 8:00am - 5:00pm.

Discount Fare Eligibility Requirements

The following forms of identification are required in order to be eligible for discounted fares. All applicants must have and show a valid photo ID.

  • Senior (65+)
    • A valid state Driver's License or picture/age ID card
    • A valid Medicare card (not Medi-Cal)
  • Disabled
    • DMV printout showing name for DMV Disabled placard
    • A valid Medicare card (not Medi-Cal)
    • ADA Paratransit eligibility card issued by County of Nevada Transit Services
    • ADA or Disabled ID eligibility document issued by another transit agency
    • Veteran's ID card with "SERVICE CONNECTED" or a Dept. of Veterans Affairs disabled veteran letter
  • Youth (6-17) fare is subject to age and photo identification. (School or age ID)
  • Single PCA fare waived when accompanied passenger has approved Travel with PCA-ADA Paratransit Eligibility Card

Transfers (Non-transferable)

Please obtain transfers upon boarding the bus. Transfers are ONE-WAY and must be used on the next available connecting route, traveling in the same general direction, with route indicated on transfer. TRANSFERS MAY NOT BE USED FOR ROUND TRIP TRAVEL! * Additional fare may be charged if traveling within two zones and using a transfer.

Purchasing Passes

The first two working days of each month, passes may be purchased at the Tinloy Transit Center from 8:00am - 5:00pm

Passes may be purchased with cash or personal check (made payable to Gold County Stage) at the following location:

Gold Country Stage
12350 La Barr Meadows Rd.
Grass Valley, CA 95949