An 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, and in the Québec City area.

OPUS card purchase

OPUS card without a photo: can be loaded with regular fare tickets and passes.

Get your card from fare collectors or vending machines in métro stations and at other points of sale. When you buy an OPUS card for $6, you must charge it with a fare for at least one trip.
Please note: OPUS card is not refundable.
 

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OPUS cards without a photo are valid for 4 years. Go to carteopus.info to look up your card's expiry date.  

OPUS card with a photo: Only if you are entitled to pay the reduced fare. Read here about obtaining one.

Validity period
Cost
4 years
$6

Go to carteopus.info to find out when your OPUS card without photo is due to expire and conditions for replacing it. Card issuing fees apply when replacing this card.

OPUS card with photo
Validity period
Cost
6 -11 years
Until October 31 in the year the child turns 12
$6
12 -14 years
2 years
$15
15 -25 years
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 over
7 years
$15

Expiry date appears on back of OPUS cards with photo. Card issuing fees apply to all card replacements. 

Recharging an OPUS card

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

  • Online at opusenligne.ca using a computer and OPUS card reader
  • In the métro: at a fare vending machine, a recharging terminal, or a ticket booth
  • At points of sale throughout the city

Registering your OPUS card - Protection against loss or theft

Registering your OPUS card without a photo provides you with a guarantee in the event your card is lost or stolen. You can have it replaced and recoup any transit fares left over when you reported the card missing.

Fare replacement guarantee is automatic for OPUS cards with a photo.

How to register your OPUS card without a photo?

  • Online:  your request will be processed within 10 business days.

Learn more about registered OPUS cards without a photo

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 while card is validated.
  3. Validation is confirmed by a green or yellow light and an audio signal (beep).

Lost or stolen card

You must 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 card. You will be given a new OPUS card charged with any fares remaining on the old one 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 card. You will receive a new OPUS card charged with any fares remaining on the old one when you reported it lost or stolen. You will pay only the cost of a new OPUS card with photo.

Damaged or malfunctioning card

Go to the Customer service centre or a point of service to replace your OPUS card.

If your card was 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.

Be advised that you must pay your fare, as usual, even when going to a customer service centre or service point to replace a card.

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

Replacement of an expired OPUS card without a photo

Your OPUS card expires after four (4) years. To find out your card's expiry date, go to carteopus.info

Our advice: Replace your OPUS card without a photo within 90 days of its expiration date.

  • If your valid or expired card is empty of fares or only has a monthly or weekly STM pass: buy a new card.
  • If your valid or expired card has any of these STM fares: single or multiple trips, Unlimited Evening, Unlimited Weekend, 1-day or 3-day pass, take your card and go to a customer service centre or service point.
  • If your card is still valid and has fares from other transit organizations: take your card and go to an STM service centre or your transit provider's service point. If your card has already expired, bring your card and go to your transit organization's customer service centre.
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Card issuing fees apply when replacing an expired OPUS card without a photo.

Our advice

Please note that your card's registrered status is not automatically transferred onto your new card by either fare controllers or authorized retailers. Please fill out the electronic form or drop by the Customer service centre or one of our service points to register your new card.

  • If your valid or expired card is empty of fares or only has a monthly STM pass for current month: go to a métro ticket counter or service point
  • If your valid or expired card has any of these STM fares: single or multiple trips, Unlimited Evening, Unlimited Weekend, 1-day or 3-day pass, weekly Hebdo pass, take your card and go to a customer service centre or service point.
  • If your card is still valid and has fares from other transit organizations: take your card and go to an STM service centre or your transit provider's service point. If your card has already expired, bring your card and go to your transit organization's customer service centre.
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Expired OPUS cards without a photo with a serial number inferior to 02-2461523030 are replaced free of charge.

Our advice

Please note that your card's registrered status is not automatically transferred onto your new card by either fare controllers or authorized retailers. Please fill out the electronic form or drop by the Customer service centre or one of our service points to register your new card.

How to obtain a refund if you already purchased a new card:

Go to the STM Customer service centre or one of its 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 (or about to expire in less than 90 days)
  • Your new OPUS card

As the registered status of your card is not automatically transferred onto the new card, take this opportunity to register your new OPUS card.

  • Fill out the form by providing all required information.
  • Send in:
    • your expired OPUS card or the one that expires in less than 90 days
    • the original purchase receipt for the new OPUS 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 this address:

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

How you will be refunded:

  • 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.
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Your card was registered?

Be advised that the registered status 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.

General advice about OPUS cards

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