Ticket Vending

How to buy a rail ticket

How to use rail ticket vending machines

The ticket vending machine (TVM) display screen guides you through your 3 hour ticket or Day Pass purchase. You can choose to view instructions in either English or Spanish by pressing the audio buttons. You may input selections using the touch screen or the keypad.

Purchase tickets in 5 steps

  1. Make a ticket selection
  2. Select ticket type
  3. Select quantity of tickets
  4. Pay amount shown on screen
  5. Take your ticket and change

Step 1: Make a ticket selection

Purchase tickets:

Choose this option to purchase a 3 hour ticket or Day Pass. Monthly passes and 10-Ride ticket books are not available for purchase at TVMs.

All rail tickets are pre-validated with that day’s date and time. You cannot purchase tickets from a TVM for use on another day. Rail tickets are valid for transfers to bus service.

Quick ticket:

Choose this option to quickly purchase a 3 hour ticket from your current station to central and downtown Denver stations (fare zone A).

Airport and upgrades:

  • Airport: Select the Airport quick ticket option to purchase a one-way ticket to the airport.
  • Upgrade: Choose this selection when upgrading from a Local Day Pass to a Regional/Airport Day Pass. The cost for this upgrade is
    • full fare $7.50
    • discount fare upgrade $3.75
    • youth fare upgrade for $2.30
    for customers that qualify for discount fare.
  • Discount fares apply to seniors 65+, individuals with disabilities, and Medicare recipients. Youth discount fares apply to youth ages 6-19 (up to three children ages 5 and younger ride free with a fare-paying adult). Proof of eligibility is required for all passengers using discounted fare products. Active duty members of the U.S. military ride for free on all RTD services.

  • Day Pass: A Discount Local Day Pass may also be upgraded with this option.

Step 2: Select ticket type

You will have the option of choosing a ticket or Day Pass. You may also choose between full fare, discount fare, or youth fare for those that qualify (details below).

3 hour tickets:

Purchase a ticket, valid for up to 3 hours from the time of purchase. Rail tickets are valid transfers to RTD bus service.

Day Pass:

If you’re planning to make multiple trips on bus or train in a service day, our Day Pass may be your most affordable option. With a Day Pass you can ride all day for the price of a round-trip. Day Passes may be purchased at the Local or Regional/Airport fare level.

Special Event Services:

During major special events and sporting events, RTD may offer increased service on select rail lines, depending on anticipated attendance. Please be aware that the trains may be at capacity before and after these events. Special ticket windows may also be in service at select rail stations for special events. In addition to increased rail service, RTD offers BroncosRide (all home games) direct bus service from several metro area Park-n-Rides.

Discounted fares:

Discount fares apply to seniors 65+, individuals with disabilities, and Medicare recipients. Youth discount fares apply to youth ages 6-19 (up to three children ages 5 and younger ride free with a fare-paying adult). Proof of eligibility is required for all passengers using discounted fare products. Active duty members of the U.S. military ride for free on all RTD services.

Step 3: Select quantity of tickets

The TVM automatically displays your purchase price on the screen based on quantity of tickets chosen. Children five years of age or younger ride free. Youth age 6-19 must pay the youth fare.

Step 4: Pay amount shown on screen

The screen will show the type of ticket selected and the amount due. Insert bills and/or coins in the money slots or select the payment card option. The TVM will not accept pennies or bills larger than $20.00. Change will be given in coins.

Ticket vending machines accept all major credit cards, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard, VISA, and debit cards. At select rail stations where there are multiple TVMs, some machines may be credit-card only, but at least one TVM at each station will continue to accept cash and coins.

Step 5: Take your ticket and change

Your ticket and change are dispensed at the bottom of the TVM. Change will only be given in coins when paying with cash. No change will be given for a payment card purchase. The TVM does not allow for a cash-back option on payment card purchases.

Be sure to keep your ticket readily available while riding the train. RTD Fare Inspectors conduct random fare checks and may request to see a valid ticket at any time. Rail tickets are valid for transfer to RTD bus service.