BMTC Bus Passes, Rates, Fares

Details about the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) fares, passes and charges for Ordinary, Pushpak, Marcopolo, (Vajra) Volvo and Airport Volvo buses, public transport in Bangalore City.

BMTC point-to-point fares have been reduced with effect from Sunday January 11 2015. However, there is no reduction in any monthly pass charges.

BMTC Monthly Bus Passes for Unlimited Travel

Monthly passes enable the pass holder to travel unlimited “travel-as-you-wish” trips from anywhere to anywhere as he/she wishes during one calendar month (1st of the month to last day of the month) on the buses of the specified class the passes are valid for. The passes are to be purchased at the beginning of every month. There are a number of types of monthly passes which are differentiated on basis of the types of buses they are valid on. Monthly pass fares will differ according to the type of bus it is eligible on. The types of and rates for all BMTC Monthly passes are given below:

BMTC Ordinary Monthly Pass:

Enables users to travel unlimited trips as one wishes on all black board (routes are written in black on the board – on buses with route numbers 1 to 199) unlimited for the calendar month it is purchased for. Not vaild on Pushpak, C, D, G, K etc (old cost Rs.725).

BMTC Monthly Pass Cost for Ordinary City (Black Board) Services: Rs. 825 

BMTC Non-AC Monthly Pass:

Enables the user to travel unlimited trips as one wishes on all Non-AC buses including black-board, red-board, Pushpak, C, D, G, K, MBS etc. for the month it is purchased. Basically it is valid on any bus that is not a Volvo or a Marcopolo. Popularly known as “Pushpak Pass” or Red Board Pass. It is not valid on Volovs (old cost: Rs.925).

BMTC Monthly Pass Rate for all Non-AC Services (Pushpak/Red Board): Rs. 1050

BMTC AC (Volvo) Monthly Pass:

This pass is generally used to travel on Volvo Buses and is known as the “Volvo Pass”, though it is valid on all buses including non-AC buses. It enables the user to travel unlimited trips from anywhere to anywhere on all buses run by the BMTC except the Green Airport bound BIA Volvo services (Vayu Vajra) for one calendar month. It is valid on all Ordinary Non-AC, Pushpak and all Volvo routes as long as the bus is run by BMTC (and not by KSRTC). There are three types of monthly Volvo passes:

BMTC Volvo Monthly Pass Cost (with BMTC ID): Rs. 2250 (Brown Pass)

BMTC Volvo Monthly Pass Rate (with Govt ID): Rs. 2300 (Pink Pass)

Cost of BMTC Students Volvo Monthly Pass: Rs. 1500 (Blue Pass)

BMTC Vayu Vajra Gold Pass:

The king of all passes which enables the user to travel any number of trips on all buses and services run by the BMTC for any distance, right from the ordinary city bus to the Airport Volvo.

BMTC Vayu Vajra Airport Volvo Monthly Pass Price: Rs.3350

BMTC Daily Passes for Unlimited Travel

Daily passes are the most economical and hassle-free way to travel in BMTC buses in Bangalore. These passes enable unlimited trips from anywhere to anywhere on the class of buses which the pass is eligible for during the one entire day it is purchased. The pass is valid midnight to midnight, so buy it as early in the morning as possible. Passes will be available with the conductor on the bus. There are two types of Daily passes:

AC (Volvo) Gold Day Bus Pass

The daily pass enables the user to travel unlimited trips on the day it is purchased on ALL buses run by the BMTC  including all regular Volvo services and all types of non-AC services. This pass is not accepted on BIA Vayu Vajra Airport services. The pass is available mostly with Volvo bus conductors.

Volvo Gold Daily Bus Pass Rate: Rs. 140

There is no Daily Pass for Vayu Vajra Airport Volvos.

Non-AC Unlimited Travel Day Bus Pass

This is the most popular pass on the BMTC network and enables travel on all non-AC buses operated by the BMTC, unlimited trips from anywhere to anywhere in Bangalore or outside.

Non-AC Ordinary Daily Bus Pass Charge (with ID): Rs.65

Non-AC Ordinary Daily Bus Pass Charge (without ID): Rs. 70

There was a time when Volvo monthly passes used to cost just Rs.1000. They used to cost Rs.1950 and Rs.2000 respectively before the latest rate hikes. Now they have been increased by a whopping 300 Rupees. The Airport Volvo passes used to cost Rs.2800 before the hike and is increased by Rs.250 now. But still, these are hugely economical alternatives for travel in Bangalore considering the fuel prices prevalent today. You can still save a lot on Petrol/Diesel if you commute on BMTC (Volvo) buses over using your car, especially if you travel long distances everyday.

How to get BMTC Passes and BMTC ID:

New passes will be available with the Conductor/Driver of the bus and at all bus stations and big stops in Bangalore from the 28th to the 5th of every month.

The BMTC ID can be procured from Majestic (KBS) and Shivajinagar Bus Stations from the pass issuance counters. Here is the procedure to obtain it at Majestic. You will need a pen, two passport size photos, a gumstick (preferred) and Rs.100.

  1. Go inside the main lobby at BMTC Majestic bus station (at Platform 1, where the Volvos stop)
  2. Go to the “Information Help Desk” and ask for the ID application form.
  3. Fill up the application form and paste your photo in the space provided.
  4. Go outside to the other side (left) of the lobby facing the road, and you will find a row of counters. Go to the counter marked “1050”, hand over the application and Rs.100 and request for an ID card.
  5. The official sitting there will give you a blank ID card.
  6. Fill in all the details in the ID and paste your photograph. Don’t forget to sign on the ID card.
  7. Go back to the same counter and hand over the filled ID card. The official will countersign and stamp it with a BMTC seal.
  8. Next, you will have to go back inside the lobby and take the stairs there to the first floor. A guy will be sitting at a desk with a laminating machine. Hand over your card to him and he will laminate it (for free).
  9. Your BMTC pass is ready! If you want, you can buy a pass holder for Rs.10 from the shops there.

Happy Commuting! :)

For more details, visit BMTC’s (state of the art) website: My BMTC

  • common man

    Thanks for the updated information. I was looking for latest Bus Pass rates and this explained everything.

    • You are Welcome! :)

    • Thank You! :)

      • Suma s

        i want to know is their any pass for 15days

        • Unfortunately no.

          • Anju

            Hey i have seen some people getting concession on the tickets in Volvo bus hw it is possible?

            • Senior citizen, children and student concessions are available.

  • Ajay

    Nicely researched and presented data about passes. All required inforamtion present.
    Thanks

  • sam

    do we need a bmtc id card?

    • No, but if you do have a BMTC ID card, you need to pay only Rs.50 lesser than the other pass.

      • Akshay

        Hi, I asked a conductor today to give me a monthly bus pass. I didn’t have the id card. He told me to first get a BMTC id card from majestic.

  • vidyasagar

    Suppose I have a regular pass (Rs 725) and I board a Vajra Volvo bus. Do I have to pay the difference ticket amount or the full volvo ticket amount? Please help as I want to decide between regular or volvo bus for Nov.

    • Actually if you have a regular pass, you need only pay Rs.30 to the Volvo conductor. That ticket plus your regular pass will act as a day pass for all buses for the day :)

      • vidyasagar

        Thanks for replying :)
        By black board buses, you mean the blue/white bus? Any other bus comes under non-black board? I remember asking the conductor in the blue/white bus for a monthly pass and he said he had only the 925 one and not the 725. Can you clarify more on this Rs 725 pass and its eligible buses. Thanks.

        • Route numbers 1 to 199 are black board and the remaining are red board. “Black Board” means city services and the remaining are “Suburban” services. You can notice this on the colors which the route numbers/destinations are written on the board :) In these days of digital displays this has become meaningless but the nomenclature sticks anyway.

          • vidyasagar

            Thanks vadakkus for clarifying the doubt :) But now a days I am seeing even 500 series or 300 series are also shown in black color for most of the ordinary buses. Is the color rule not followed now a days? Or is it that it applies only to route numbers 1-199?
            Second doubt. Suppose I board an airport volvo bus with just vajra volvo pass, will the same process (as you mentioned before for ordinary and volvo cases) apply? If so how much will be the extra amount I will be paying?
            Thanks for your time :)

            • Maybe the rule is no longer followed now since all buses will soon be converted to digital boards. Also, sometimes the destinations are written in black while the number will be in red and vice versa, or sometimes the red will be limited to a “filling” outside the number.

              Nope. No such provision of paying extra if you have a Vajra pass is allowed in Airport Volvos. There is no way out other than paying the full fare if you do not have a Vayuvajra Volvo pass.

      • RAHUL PAGARE

        Hi Vadakkus,

        Volvo conductor straight forward refuses to accept regular passes and demands fresh full ticket. I am not sure whether above written holds true.

        If ticket+regular pass will act day pass even for Volvo then people would prefer do this rather than paying 2K for monthly pass.

        Please clarify how it can used.

  • yasin

    Hi can i get Volvo Monthly pass (Govt ID) From Conductor in BUS. If i get do i have to submit any ID proof of mine????Now i guess for Brown pass they are charging 1950 and for Pink pass they are charging 2000..Am i right?

    • Yes, you will have to show any govt ID like a PAN card or a driving license if you don’ have a BMTC ID. Yes, they have increased the prices again :(

  • Karthik

    Shivaji Nagar counter open on sunday for pass?

  • Jain

    Volvo pass is valid from 28th of previous month. Check the line above Volvo bus picture. :)

    • Oh yes. Forgot to mention that. Thanks for pointing out! :)

    • Rohin Jose

      Is that applicable for the Gold (brown) Pass also?

      I think I have seen that line only on the Friendly (pink) Pass.

  • jash

    I need travel as u lyk pass…wat documents r required …n nw i m nt a college student i am just doing some courses in training institute…cn i get dat pass o nt??

    • No documents are required except for a photocopy of your college ID. Go to Majestic bus stand and ask at the last counter.

  • Roashan Kumar

    What is the cost of yearly pass of both volvo and non-ac ?

    • Unfortunately there are no yearly passes. You need to buy a new pass every month.

  • Sandeep Singh

    can we get the daily pass in Vayu Vajra bus like other volvo bus ?

    • Unfortunately there are no daily passes for Vayu Vajra, though I also wish that there were! But then again, it is supposed to meant for Airport travelers.

  • raj

    Which date issue for next mnth monthly pass

    • Today (Feb 27) mostly. If not from tomorrow onwards (Feb 28) definitely.

  • star

    can I get a BMTC Students Volvo Monthly Pass from the bus conductor?

    • No, you will have to go to Majestic or Shivajinagar.

  • Avanish Krsna Das

    Hi ! I am reaching Bangalore on 18th MARCH and will stay for a month , so can I get a monthly pass for 1 month

    • No, passes are issued only at the beginning of the month and are valid for one calendar month. You can take daily passes though you will have to buy one every day (Rs.120) from the conductor.

  • Ishita

    Hi, this month I made the ” BMTC Monthly Pass Rate for all Non-AC Services: Rs. 925″ . Yesterday, I was travelling with the same pass in bus in a non-AC bus. The conductor refused to accept my pan card as a valid id for the pass. He said that only BMTC id is valid and thus I had to take a ticket. Is this true. If yes then how and where can I get the BMTC id card issued.

    • Will update that soon.

    • Details updated above :)

    • sms

      At majestic

      • srikar

        Yes BMTC id is the only valid as far as bus pass is concerned.. Plz follow the above mention steps

    • chandra shekhar

      I don’t have BMTC ID, I got ac monthly pass, pink colour pass.

      Can I travel without id in volvo?

      • Yes, as long as you show any other ID

    • aashish

      Yeah … its true..!! Nw u have to show ur Bmtc id card…!!!

    • BMTC ID is issued at Majestic. Procedure is given above.

  • Karthik

    Hi vadakkus i wanted to know what are the documents for student vajra monthly pass??? Is need to take permission from college mns letter or college ID card is enough????

    • As far as I know, ID card is enough. But you never know when they change the rules. just ask any conductor.

  • Chithra

    Hi ,i just want to know the timings for taking the id card .is it possible to take it on sundays ??

  • Abdul Rahman

    Suppose I have a regular pass (Rs 1050) and I board a Vajra Volvo bus. Do I have to pay the difference ticket amount or the full volvo ticket amount? Please help as If we have to pay different amount how to ask that ticket?

    • Chenchubabu Aderu

      No ….Regular pass is not usefull In A/C Busses.A/C bus pass is usefull for normal busses

  • Adithya

    How Do i accuire a BMTC Students Volvo Monthly Pass?

  • moorthy

    How should I get student Volvo pass??

  • inarendra

    With 825 cant climb 314 or k-4 service?

  • muruli

    FAKE PRICE BY BMTC WEBSITE AS WELL AS OTHER WEBSITE KINDLY UPDATE as day
    BMTC Volvo Monthly Pass Cost (with BMTC ID): Rs. 2250 (Brown Pass) but in everwhere its 2850

  • HKMCRIT

    HKMCR It Solutions
    Hi Sir!

    Very good Service and efforts from you to help people who are not aware of lots of process, procedures and on the dot details really good efforts by you Sir plz keep it up and HAT OFF to YOU!!!
    I need to know few information.
    1-What are the AC buses operating from various points in city to IT hubs like Manyata or Bagmane or other Tech Parks?
    2-Can any person use these services and what are the prerequisite to use it?
    3-I have Normal AC bus monthly pass Rs2250 Is it valid in these above buses.?

    Kindly advice

    Thanks in advance

    HKMCRIT

    • Thank you!
      500D and 500A go to Manyata. 201 Volvos go to Bagmane. You can get the full list on the BMTC website. Any person can use these buses as long as they have route number displayed. You only need to get the ticket from the conductor. 2250 pass is indeed valid on all these buses.

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  • Swathi P Reddy

    Hi… my pass gets expired within this month. And it is a student 5 month pass. I want to extend it till the month of June. So what is the procedure to extend it to June?

  • Sel

    Today the BMTC conductor of 335E refused to accept my daughter’s student’s “Anywhere travel bus pass”, saying , in his bus the pass is not admitted. She boarded it in Richmond circle to get down in SAP. She had to pay Rs.23 as fare. How do you let the BMTC authorities know about this?

  • darwin issac

    Why there is no direct buses? If the place is far away (i.e 1 hour above distance), we have to took 2 buses. That’s a big negative in Bus corporation. Also the AC buses are taking huge amount of fare (30 mins travel, they are charging 85 rs). and the buses are too slow, taking too much time for reaching a place, if there is traffic or without traffic. 60% of peoples in karnataka are middle class family. So it’s very difficult to handle the bus charges.
    The same situation in kerala, petrol prices are almost same compared to KN state, AC buses in kerala are charging only 160 rs for 2 and half hour distance place. Also in kerala AC buses, Super Fast, Express and fast passenger buses are mainly using for long distance purpose only. In kerala, all buses were keeping time management, that was the big success in kerala transportation department.
    Why in karnataka, different/variety types of buses are using? No super fast or fast passengers were using in karnataka. They are promoting pan masala advertisement (huge canvas) in the BMTC buses. It’s very shame. Please remove it and keep a standard always.
    Please keep a arrangement of buses in the majestic bus station, they were keeping no order at all. The drivers has not showing any respect to the police officers.

  • Priya

    Can someone tell me if they will accept the payment for monthly pass through card payment??? instead of giving cash in the counter???

  • Dk

    please help, I have recently moved to bangalore and got a job at the Airport. I am residing in Indiranagar, which is at a good distance approx 46 kms frm here. The vayu vajra is 254 one side, so 500 per day, and for a month almost 15k. is there a bus pass one can get every month for this precise trip. thanks.

    • Hi, yes, there is a Vayu Vajra bus pass you can buy. You need to go to Majestic and follow the same procedure. The monthly Vayu Vajra pass will cost Rs.3350. Please check with your employer admin/HR if they have any tie-up with BMTC.

    • Hi, yes, there is a Vayu Vajra bus pass you can buy. You need to go to Majestic and follow the same procedure. The monthly Vayu Vajra (airport bus) pass will cost Rs.3350. Please first check with your employer admin/HR if they have any tie-up with BMTC.