Metro Transit 4+

Metropolitan Council

    • 1.4 • 194 Ratings
    • Free



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 buses 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 the Twin Cities a little bit easier. After you’ve identified your desired trip and transit departure time, you can buy and use Metro Transit mobile tickets right from your smartphone – it’s like having a ticket 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 NexTrip.
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 you’re looking to pay with cash, you can use a pre-paid debit card or pre-paid gift card.

1. SELECT RIDER TYPE: Adult, Senior/Youth/Medicare, Mobility, Family
2. SELECT SERVICE: Local Bus/METRO, Express Bus, or Northstar
3. SELECT: Station for Northstar or time-based fare for Bus/METRO
4. CHECKOUT: Pay with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, pre-paid debit or gift card, or Apple Pay

Do I need to be connected?
An internet connection is required create an account, sign-in and purchase and activate tickets.

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!

• 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 4.5.1

Improvements and bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

1.4 out of 5
194 Ratings

194 Ratings

Kaileth ,

Purchasing tickets impossible

Longtime riders know that there’s no end to the issues of metro transit, but I have to say this app is the first time I’ve ever been outright prevented from purchasing a fare with them. Not only is practically nothing hosted on the app, but it literally refused to allow me to set payment onto a card, or use Apple Pay (despite having an entire button for it.) Beyond that, consistent crashes, endless loading screens, and being randomly logged out means that the app is as useful as throwing handfuls of loose change into the street and waiting for them to magically transform into bus tokens. Save your time, buy a transit pass, or start carrying small bills, or try Uber - an app that actually functions!

-odjbo- ,

Work for Tickets

The app is for tickets. It hyperlinks you to the MetroTransit website for everything else (Trip Planner, Next Trip, Schedules & Maps, Alerts, etc.), which is understandable as the investment was already made there, and it’s certainly more convenient than searching for bookmarks.

Bottom line: It works well for what it does — buying, storing, and activating tickets. Rock solid. Thanks, MetroTransit.

(Note: if you have trouble logging in after the upgrade on July 15, 2021, do a reset password. I think the max password length might’ve changed. I had that problem, and it was immediately resolved by a reset.)

Dr. Janitor ,


I literally never write app reviews, but after downloading this one I felt obligated to write so the developers can fix it. Seriously, this app is horrendous. All I wanted to do was buy a bus ticket to the state fair (something that the app should 100% be designed to do, considering that’s their service). After going through multiple screens, I sat waiting for 5 minutes while it “loaded” the payment page. Only problem is the page never came up. There’s nowhere else to purchase tickets except in person with cash, not even the website. Seriously. Figure it out. Get rid of whatever excuse for an app developer you have now and hire a real software engineer.

App Privacy

The developer, Metropolitan Council, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Purchases
  • Financial Info
  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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