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Make transit trips in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area as mobile as you are with the official Metro Transit app. Now you can plan your trip, see departure information for bus and trains, and buy transit tickets all on the go! Just download the free app, create an account with your method of payment, and get moving.

The Metro Transit app is a tool to make riding the bus, METRO system and Northstar in Twin Cities a little bit easier. After you’ve identified your desired trip and transit departure time, you can buy and use Metro mobile tickets right from your smartphone -- it’s like having a Metro vending machine right in your pocket!

Find the right bus, light rail, or train for you through the Trip Planner
See the next available bus, light rail, or train for your desired trip with Next Trip
Pay a single fare or multiple fares for a group of riders, and store multiple tickets on your phone for future use.
Simply create an account and enter your credit/debit card information in our secure system.
If looking to pay with cash, you can use a pre-paid debit card or use the PayPal Cash Card.

2. SELECT RIDER TYPE: Adult, Youth/Senior/Medicare, Mobility, Family
3. SELECT: Station for Northstar or time based fare for Bus/METRO
3. CHOOSE QUANTITY: You can buy multiple tickets to use later. (A $4.50 minimum purchase is required.)
4. CHECKOUT: Pay with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or PayPal

Do I need to be connected?
An internet connection is required create an account, sign-in and purchase tickets, but you can use/activate your tickets offline.
What if my battery dies?
Just like with paper tickets, you're responsible for making sure you have a valid fare at all times, so be sure to plan ahead!

• Don't uninstall the Metro Transit app or erase your phone without transferring your unused tickets first. Your tickets are stored on your phone (which makes it possible to use them without an internet connection), so uninstalling the app can permanently erase your tickets!
• Activate your ticket when you see your bus or train approaching. Your ticket must be activated before boarding a vehicle.
• Watch your battery level... Just like with paper tickets, you're responsible for making sure you have a valid fare at all times.

What's New

Version 1.0.1199

Bug fixes and performance improvements

Ratings and Reviews

2.2 out of 5

65 Ratings

65 Ratings

Use web browser instead


This app is clunky and looks like parts of the web page were just exported for a quick project to say they “have an app!” Can’t click BACK from any screen which means if I want to change any part of my search I have to start from scratch. Having to go to a collapsible menu for everything is really annoying! And the map is not interactive, meaning if it shows me which buses serve a stop I can’t select one to see that schedule. Also the “find me” doesn’t always work even when I have all the permissions and settings correct on my phone. Also, I can’t save my routes or stops for easy access later so I again I have to start from scratch every single time. Super annoying!!

Needs Work: Account linking, Access, and trip planning


Need to be able to use Go-To Cards purchased with my account for paying fares through the app.
If the app is being marketed as “Forgot your Go-To Card but never fear because you’ve always got your phone with you” then the app should effectively function as “all payment types”, including any cards, passes, or balances available in my account at the time.

Also, the account details are sparse. For example, if I’m logged into the app with my Metro Transit credentials and want to check balances on my Go-To Cards why do I need to enter their serial numbers? They are already registered and linked to my account.

Needs TouchID, or at the very least, PIN access. My passwords are long and complex and having to enter it so frequently (even when simply copying from a password vault) is cumbersome and annoying.

Trip planning still lacks some polish. I never get A Line results, presumably because the nearest stop is about 7 blocks from my house. However, I don’t mind walking that far and would like to see A Line results alongside other options.

Thank you.

Missed opportunity


I’m an app designer for a living. This app has the potential to be awesome, but right now it’s missing a lot. I buy my transit passes with it on days I take the bus or light rail because it’s easy to just show the driver or transit cop the pass, but that’s all you can do with it.

There are no schedules or routes, no maps, no other tool that would make the rider’s burden easier. Just tickets. This would have been an amazing app for during the Super Bowl, but it just wasn’t very well thought out.


Metropolitan Council
27.8 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Metropolitan Council


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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