Description

The OPUS card is a smart card on which you can charge all STM transit fares, with the exception of group fares, which are available on tickets only. OPUS cards are used by most transit authorities in the Greater Montréal area.

Our advice

Instead of buying several printed tickets, you can virtually charge as many unit fares on a single OPUS card: your fares will be much easier to use for multiple transit rides.

Buying an OPUS card

You can buy an ordinary (unregistered) OPUS card for regular fares from ticket booth attendants in métro stations or at points of sale.

When you buy a card, you must charge it with a fare for at least one trip.

If you are eligible for the reduced fare, purchase a photo ID OPUS card.

  Validity period Cost
OPUS card
4 years
$6
Photo ID OPUS card
Validity period
Cost
6 -11 years old
Until October 31 in the year the child turns 12
$6
12 -14
2 years
$15
15 -25
1 year
If you turn 26 during the school term (after October 31), your fare privilege will terminate August 31 of the following year. 
$15
65 and +
7 years
$15
Texte important

Visit carteopus.info to find out when your OPUS card expires.

Recharging the OPUS card

You can recharge your OPUS card with the transit fares of your choice:

  • In the métro: at a fare vending machine, a recharging terminal, or a ticket booth
  • At points of sale throughout the city

How to use the OPUS card

  1. Hold your OPUS card above the fare box on the bus or the card reader on the métro turnstile.
  2. Hold it steady for a few seconds.
  3. Validation of the fare will be confirmed by a green or yellow light and an audio signal (beep).

A registered OPUS card 

A registered OPUS card is your guarantee against loss or theft.

Your card and any valid fares remaining on it when you report the loss or theft will be replaced.

If you have a reduced fare photo ID OPUS card, it is automatically registered and covered by the replacement guarantee.

Read more about registered OPUS cards


Loss or theft of an OPUS card

You will have to buy a new OPUS card and charge it with a new fare. We encourage you to register your next OPUS card as a guarantee against loss or theft.

Go to the Customer service centre or a point of service with a photo ID. You will be given a new OPUS card charged with any fares remaining on the old card when you reported it lost or stolen. You will pay only the cost of a new OPUS card.

Go to the STM photo studio or a point of service with a photo ID. You will receive a new OPUS card charged with any fares remaining on the old card when you reported it lost or stolen. You will pay only the cost of a new reduced fare OPUS card.

Damaged or malfunctioning card

Go to the Customer service centre or a point of service to replace your OPUS card.
If your card has been damaged by misuse, you will have to pay the cost of a new card.
If your card is defective, it will be replaced free of charge.

Our advice

Protect your OPUS card by keeping it in a plastic sleeve.

Expiry and replacement of an unregistered OPUS card

How to replace your expired OPUS card free of charge?  

Go to one of these locations:

  • Any transit ticket counter in any métro station. If your OPUS card contains no fares OR a monthly pass for the current month only.

    Please note that your card's registration is not automatically transferred onto your new card by the fare controller. Please complete the electronic form or drop by the Customer service centre or one of our service points to register your new card.
  • STM customer service centres
  • AMT metropolitan ticket counters
  • Any CIT service centre

Go to one of these locations:

  • Any ticket counter in any métro station, if your OPUS card contained no fares.
  • STM customer service centres
  • AMT metropolitan ticket counters
  • Any CIT service centre
  • You can purchase another one and get a refund.

How to get a refund for the cost of replacing an expired card?

Go to the Customer service centre or one of the service points and bring the following with you:

  • Your original purchase receipt for the new OPUS card (it will be returned to you)
  • Your expired OPUS card
  • Your new OPUS card
  • Since registration of your card is not automatically transferred onto the new card, take this opportunity to register your new OPUS card.
  • Complete the form by providing all required information, including reverse side.
  • Send in:
    • your expired OPUS card or the one that expires in less than 90 days
    • the original purchase receipt for the new card (If you purchased a monthly CAM pass, an equivalent official receipt will be forwarded to you.)
    • the duly completed form.
  • Forward all documents to the following address:

    STM
    PO Box 248
    Succursale Place D’Armes
    Montréal, Québec, H2Y 3G7

Your refund includes:

The $6.00 purchase price of the new card will be refunded in the form of: a two-trip fare, valid within the bus and métro system, loaded onto an occasional smart card.

Remaining fares on your expired card will be loaded onto an occasional smart card.

Please note that postage fees will not be refunded.

Also, keep in mind that registration of your OPUS card is not automatically transferred onto your new card. You must register your new card again. To do so, please complete the electronic form or drop by the Customer service centre or one of our service points.

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