Fares and Passes

How to Purchase a Bus Pass

Bus passes are available for purchase on any Wave bus with cash. Please note, drivers cannot make change. If exact change is not inserted into the farebox, a change card containing the balance will be issued for future rides.

Passes are also sold at Forden Station, located at 505 Cando St., Wilmington, NC 28405, Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm. Passes must be purchased with cash or money order.  Credit cards, debit cards and personal checks are not accepted.

Pricing

Adult one-way pass $2.00
Reduced fare one-way pass for individuals 65 and older (with Medicare card or valid ID) $1.00
Reduced fare one-way pass student (grades K thru 12 & local college students with valid ID) $1.00
Reduced fare one-way pass for individuals with disabilities (with Wave Reduced Fare Rider ID) $1.00
UNCW Students (with valid UNCW ID) Free
Transfers (no transfers offered or allowed to/from route 301) Free
Adult one day pass (valid for 24 consecutive hours) $5.00
Reduced fare one day pass (valid for 24 consecutive hours) $2.50
Adult seven day pass (valid for 7 consecutive calendar days) $20.00
Reduced fare seven day pass (valid for 7 consecutive calendar days) $10.00
Adult thirty-one day pass (valid for 31 consecutive calendar days) $80.00
Reduced fare thirty-one day pass (valid for 31 consecutive calendar days) $40.00
Adult ten ride pass (valid for 10 rides) $20.00
Reduced fare ten ride pass (valid for 10 rides) $10.00
Accessible Van Service Dial-A-Ride-Transportation (DART) one-way ticket (valid for DART service only) $4.00
Accessible Van Service Dial-A-Ride-Transportation (DART) 10 ticket book (valid for 10 rides DART service only) $40.00

Reduced Fare and Free Fare Programs

Customers with a red, white & blue Medicare card, and those age 65 years or older with a valid ID can ride for half price. Individuals with disabilities can ride for half price with a valid Wave Reduced Fare Rider ID. Download a Reduced Fare Card Application.

Students in grades K through 12 and local college students are eligible to ride for half price with a valid ID.

UNCW students, faculty and staff ride free as transportation fees are included in the cost of tuition. Children under age five (5) ride free with fare paying adult. No more than three children may ride for free with each fare paying adult.

Customers eligible for a reduced fare may also purchase multi-ride passes at half price.

Transfer Passes

An optional transfer pass is included in the price of a one-way bus pass to provide continuous service for a trip not served by a single route. A transfer pass must be requested at time of boarding. Transfer passes are valid for seventy-five (75) minutes. Transfers cannot be used to/from Route 301.

Multi-Ride Bus Passes

24 hour bus passes are valid for twenty-four (24) continuous hours from the time the card is first used for transportation. Passes can be purchased from any bus operator or at Forden Station.

Ten (10) Ride passes are valid for ten one way trips. Optional transfer passes are included in the price and must be requested at time of boarding. Ten Ride passes have no expiration and can only be purchased at Forden Station.

Seven-day (7) passes are valid for seven (7) consecutive days (ie. Monday- Sunday.  Holidays are considered as consecutive days, although bus service may not be provided). The first day of the pass begins when the passenger first uses the pass and is valid for the next seven (7) consecutive days Passes can be bought from any bus operator or at Forden Station.

Thirty-one (31) day passes are valid for thirty-one (31) consecutive days (ie. Monday- Sunday.  Holidays are considered as consecutive days, although bus service may not be provided). The first day of the pass begins when the passenger first uses the pass and is valid for the next thirty-one (31) consecutive days. Passes can be bought from any bus operator or at Forden Station.

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