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Payment methods

Several payment methods are accepted on STL buses. Opus cards are the most flexible option, but it’s up to you to decide which payment method works best for you.

Opus card

Paiement par carte Opus

You can load your card with tickets valid for travel on the STL, STM, exo or RTL.

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Available in all points of sale (regular Opus only) and in metropolitan ticket offices (regular Opus or with photo).
Enables subscription to the Opus + service, which makes it easier to top up your card each month and saves you time and money.

Protected in case of loss, breakage or theft if you register your Opus.

The only method of payment accepted for taking shared taxis.

Replaceable at its expiration date and recyclable in the Électrobac boxes located near the metropolitan ticket offices of the Montmorency and Cartier terminals.

Tap it on the fare collection box.

Consult our section entirely dedicated to the use of the regular Opus card or with photo.

STL Occasionnelle card

Paiement par carte à puce occasionnelle

This card can be loaded with a single STL tickets or a package of 8. This is a good option if you use Laval public transit occasionally and don’t have an Opus card.

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Automatically includes a valid match for each encoded ticket.

Available at metropolitan ticket offices only.

Recyclable in your home bin and valid for the number of tickets encoded (not rechargeable once all tickets have been used).

Non refundable.

Tap it on the fare collection box.

Not to be confused with the STL magnetic card (issued directly by the STL in specific cases), that must be tapped on the fare collection box.

Credit card

Paiement par carte de crédit

On weekdays, you can use your credit card to pay instantly when you board a bus on the following routes: 2, 20, 24, 33, 39, 40, 41, 43, 48, 50, 60, 63, 73 and 902. On weekends, you can pay by credit card on all STL buses. Transfers are available on request.

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Works with a Visa or Mastercard credit card allowing contactless payment: just place the card on the terminal when you get on board.

Debits the exact amount of the single pass at the regular rate once (no additional charge). No receipt issued by the driver.

Offers the possibility of paying more than one passage with the same credit card: just wait 3 seconds before typing the card again on the terminal to carry out another transaction.

Non-automatic connection: ask the driver for it as soon as you board so that you can change the bus line at no additional cost during your trip.

Invalid prepaid cards. Mobile payment via smartphone not guaranteed.

Tap it on the credit card terminal.

System as secure as the terminals used for your transactions in stores.

Solution realized thanks to Desjardins.

© Visa. Trademark of Visa International Service Association. Used under license
© Mastercard. Registered trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated. Used under license.

Cash and transfer ticket

Paiement en argent comptant

If you want to pay with cash, simply drop exact change into the farebox when you enter the bus. Transfers are available on request.

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Exact or greater amount accepted in currency in the collection box.

No change given by the drivers, paper money not accepted.

Non-automatic correspondance ticket: ask the driver for it as soon as you board so that you can change the bus line at no additional cost during your journey. At your next boarding on the same trip, insert the transfer ticket in the validation slot on the collection box.

 

ARTM Occasionnelle card

This card can be loaded with any metropolitan single ticket or package of 8.  This is a good option if you use metropolitan public transit occasionally and don’t have an Opus card.

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Automatically includes a valid match for each encoded ticket.

Available at metropolitan ticket offices only.

Recyclable in your home bin and valid for the number of tickets encoded (not rechargeable once all tickets have been used).

Non refundable.

Tap it on the fare collection box.

Find your fare

What type of ticket do you need to ride public transit in Laval, Montreal and across the North Shore? The answer depends on where you go, how often and how old you are.

Learn more about ticket and pass options

Fare collection boxes, card readers and terminals

 

FARE COLLECTION BOX

Fare collection boxes located at the front must be used for:

  • cash payment
  • transfer ticket
  • Opus card
  • Occasionnelle STL or ARTM card
  • STL magnetic card (issued directly by the STL in specific cases)

NEW CARD READERS - PILOT PROJECT

Faster boarding

Nouveaux valideurs dans les autobus de la STL

The STL is taking part in a sweeping project jointly developed with several other Québec transit authorities, including the STM and exo, that will equip its buses with modern smart chip card readers that are more efficient, user-friendly, and loaded with features aimed at optimizing universal access.

We began gradually rolling out the new fare card readers on our buses during the Fall 2019. This is a complex process requiring the new equipment to be synced with several other systems aboard the buses, which is restricting the pace of installation to about two readers a day. We expect to gradually launch the new system in 2020, once enough buses are equipped with the new readers.

When the new card readers will be ready to use, these devices will validate chip Opus and Occasionnelle STL or ARTM cards.

In a further phase of the project, the new readers will eventually accept credit cards, but not Interac.

New card readers: why new equipment?

The new readers are more modern and efficient than the current fare collection boxes. These readers instantly “validate” whether you have the appropriate fare required to board the bus.

Faster boarding: The new system will read OPUS passes at least twice as fast, which will speed up boarding.

Improved Access: Universal access will be enhanced thanks to larger screens, better audio and optimized location. Also, messages will be colour coded and accompanied by pictograms and a brief description so they may be instantly understood (e.g. a checkmark over a green background to signify the fare has been accepted, an X over a red background to signify it has been rejected, etc.). A voice guidance option will also be available for riders who are blind or visually impaired.

Clearer information: In addition to the pictograms and colour coded visuals, the screen will also display useful information, such as “9 trips left”, “You card will expire soon”, “Show photo ID,” etc.

Project timetable - Key phases

Fall 2019 – Early 2021
Installation of the new readers at the front entrance of each bus, on a new support pole that will also hold our credit card terminals.

Fall 2020
Activation of selected readers to test the software. Once the test is successful, we will proceed with the gradual activation of readers as they are installed.

Spring 2021
Process of gradually rendering the new system fully operational network-wide.


CREDIT CARD TERMINALS

The STL will continue using the payment terminals already on the buses. A support rod developed by our Maintenance Team made it possible to install the new readers alongside the credit card terminals. Riders will be able to continue to use the Visa or Mastercard instant tap-and-pay system when boarding. 

We plan to integrate the credit card payment feature to the new readers in a further phase of the project.Visa Card.

Here are some valid requests to activate departure and arrival location suggestions and get your itinirary.
Address 900 St-Martin Blvd
900 st-martin
3225 A440
3225 a440
Intersection Industriel bldv and Michelin st
industriel and michelin
industriel/michelin
Location Centre Laval
centre lav
Metro Métro Cartier
métro car
Station Gare Centrale
gare
Stop number 52587
Postal Code H7S 1Y9
h7s1y9