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Buy Passes

All tickets for The COMET are available at the main downtown Transit Center at the corner of Sumter and Laurel Streets. Cash, checks and major credit/debit cards are accepted there.

You can also purchase passes using the Catch The COMET smartphone app.

There are several fare options available for The COMET fixed route bus service:

Fares:

  • Standard one-way: $1.50
  • Special Needs: $0.75 (Special Needs Card with Valid Photo ID)
  • Senior Citizens: $0.75 (for those 65 & over with Valid Photo ID)
  • Medicare Recipients: $0.75 (Medicare Card & Valid Photo ID)
  • Agency Discount: Please call 803-255-7133 ext. 5 for details.

Agency Discount:

  • They can be picked up between the hours of 8:30am-11:30am & 1:30pm-3:30pm Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays

Half-Pass Program:

Eligible persons may get  The COMET Half-Fare ID for free to use with Half-Fare passes including All-day, 5-day, 7-day, and 31-day cards.  Half-Fare eligible passengers include veterans, seniors (65+), youth (ages 16 and 17), Medicare card holders, and persons with disabilities.  Appropriate documentation is required to receive The COMET half-fare ID.

For the Half-Pass Application, click the link below:

Half Fare Program Application

COMET ID’s Are Made:

  • Friday’s at our Administration Office during the hours of 8:30am-11:30am & 1:30pm-3:30pm WITH AN APPOINTMENT.  *(No ID’s are made during the hours of 11am-1:30pm)*
  • 4th Thursday of each month at the Transit Center from 9am-11-amIf these dates and times are not feasible, we will work with you as best we can.

Regular Passes:

  • All Day Pass: $3.00 (valid until service ends on the day it is swiped/activated)
  • 5 Day Pass: $12.00 (valid until service ends on the 5th day since it was originally swiped/activated)
  • 7 Day Pass: $14.00 (valid until service ends on the 7th day since it was originally swiped/activated)
  • 31 Day Pass: $40.00 (valid until service ends the 31st day since the pass was originally swiped/activated)
  • 10 RIDE Pass: $12.00 (valid until the pass has been swiped for the 10th time) *Please note this is NOT a consecutive day pass such as the others)
  • Children 15 & under: Free with valid COMET ID (If taller than the fare box a COMET ID is needed.  Please call 803 255 7133 Ex. 5 for details & an appointment
  • 10 years old & under must be accompanied by a paying adult

Single, 1 Day, 10 RIDE and 31 Day passes are available at the following Piggly Wiggly grocery store from the Customer Service counter. Piggly Wiggly accepts, cash, credit/debit and Greenbax.

Store #119
6325 N. Main St.
803.786.1338

How To Pay Your Fare

Click here to download an information sheet on how to pay your fare.

Fare Details

Senior Citizens Fares

Individuals 65 years old and older are also eligible for a discounted fare. You need only show a valid form of identification that includes a date of birth when boarding a bus. In addition, all individuals bearing a valid Medicare card qualify for this discounted fare of $0.75.

Children

Children 15 years old or younger ride free. Children 10 and under are not permitted to ride unless they are accompanied by a paying passenger. Children under 10 are not permitted to ride The COMET’s Fixed Route buses or DART services unless an adult accompanies them for the duration of their trip.

Multi-Ride & Multi-Day Passes

You can purchase a 10 Ride pass or multi-ride passes for All Day (as many rides as you wish within the operating hours of that day), 5, 7, or 31 days at the Transit Center, which is located at the corner of Sumter and Laurel Streets.

Tickets can be purchased at the Transit Center:

a) Weekdays from 6am – 10pm

b) Weekends from 7am – 7pm

Passes can also be purchased from one local Piggly Wiggly grocery store, listed above.

Multi-Ride Passes are accepted on all COMET fixed bus routes. Please take care of your multi-ride pass(es). Lost, stolen or damaged passes cannot be replaced. Please do not bend passes and keep them away from magnets, water and extreme temperatures. We’ll give you protectors free of charge with the purchase of a pass.

10-Ride Pass

Pass is valid for 10 rides and expires after one year. The pass can be purchased at the Transit Center (with cash, check or a major credit/debit card) or on any COMET bus with cash. The Transit Center is located at the corner of Laurel and Sumter St. (1745 Sumter Street Columbia SC 29201). One local Piggly Wiggly store also sell passes. They accept cash, checks and credit/debit cards as well as Greenbax for payment.

All-Day Pass

Passes are valid for unlimited rides until service ends on the day it’s purchased.

Your pass must be validated the first time it is used. Just insert it into the transfer slot in the fare box. After initial use, simply swipe the card in the card reader.

Cards are encrypted with a “no share” feature and are not valid for more than one person.

Multi-Day Passes 

Each pass is valid for for the time indicated from the date of first use (not purchase) and expires at midnight on the final day.

Your pass must be validated the first time it is used. Just insert it into the transfer slot in the fare box. The date of initial use and the expiration date will be printed on the back of the pass.

After initial use, simply swipe the card in the card reader.

Cards are encrypted with a “no share” feature and are not valid for more than one person.

These passes gives you unlimited rides.