ION light rail is part of the Grand River Transit system. There is one fare for the system, and riders can transfer seamlessly between bus and train. View current fares

Paying with an EasyGO fare cardPlatform card reader at an ION station

Tap your EasyGO fare card on the platform card reader. If you don’t have an EasyGO fare card, you can buy one at the fare vending machine located at the station. Keep your card with you – it is your proof of payment.

You cannot cancel a fare payment once you have tapped.

Learn more about the EasyGO fare card

Paying with cash or credit

To pay for a single trip, you can purchase a ticket/transfer from the fare vending machine located at the station. A ticket/transfer is good for unlimited rides on the train and buses within 90 minutes from the time is was issued. Scan it on the fare vending machine or the platform card reader before boarding.

If you plan to ride several times, you can purchase a reloadable EasyGO fare card or a multi-ride card from the fare vending machine.

Learn more about using the fare vending machine

Scanning a ticket-transfer on the fare vending machine

Transferring from the bus

When you pay your fare on the bus, you get a 90-minute transfer – either loaded directly on your fare card or as a paper ticket/transfer.

If you have a transfer on your EasyGO fare card, tap your card on the platform card reader, and it will register your transfer.

If you have a valid paper ticket/transfer, scan it on the platform card reader before boarding.

Using the multi-ride card

The multi-ride fare card is a disposable electronic card that can be loaded with five to 15 rides. It can be purchased from the fare vending machine at the station. Transfers are built in. Tap your multi-fare card on the platform card reader located at the ION station before boarding.

Proof of payment

ION light rail operates on a proof-of-payment system. This means you must have your proof of a valid fare with you, including:

  • An EasyGO fare card loaded with a valid pass or transfer.
  • A multi-ride card with a valid transfer
  • A valid ticket/transfer.
  • A valid student card with a U-pass.

Fare Inspectors may check your fare. Keep your valid EasyGO fare card or ticket/transfer nearby. If you have not paid a fare, you may be removed from the train or issued a fine of up to $240.

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