OPUS cards and Transport adapté
1. What is an OPUS card ?
An OPUS card is a smart card. It is made of rigid plastic with an embedded microchip that contains a memory device, similar to a computer, onto which the various transit fares are stored.
2. What does OPUS mean ?
Opus is a Latin word meaning “what is needed”. Also, OPUS is as easy to pronounce in English as it is in French.
3. How do I charge a weekly or monthly transit fare on my OPUS card ?
You just need to go to an STM authorised dealer and ask to charge your card with a monthly or a weekly transit fare. Prices are the same than that of the actual monthly or weekly passes.
4. Can I charge single transit fares on my OPUS card ?
No! Not for Transport adapté. Single fares, the equivalent of old-style tickets, are only accepted aboard the bus and métro. Single transit fares on an OPUS card are not accepted in minibuses or taxis because these vehicles are not equipped with smart card readers. For this reason, payment in cash was chosen for occasional Transport adapté users. The cash fare required for Transport adapté is equal to the cost of single tickets.
It is also possible to buy a magnetic card charged with one or two trips.
5. Is my OPUS card valid for using the regular bus and metro system ?
Of course! The weekly or monthly transit fare charged on your OPUS card also allows you to travel by bus or métro.