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Student Fares

Students in a circle in the grassSecondary and post secondary students pay a reduced fare with either a Smart Pass or ticket.

Smart Pass:

  • Valid ID is required to purchase. Photo ID is printed directly on your Smart Pass and must be used by the card holder only. 


  • A student card is not required to purchase student tickets, however, you must present your valid student card to the driver when paying your fare.

Acceptable ID for Buying a Student Smart Pass

Beginning of a new school term: 

Secondary Students: You are able to purchase passes for the first two months of the new school year with the following pieces of identification: 

  1. A copy of your current timetable with your name printed on it
  2. A birth certificate/passport showing you are 18 years old or younger

Post Secondary Students: You are able to purchase passes for the first two months of the new school year with the following piece of identification if you do not have your new student card:

  1. Your receipt showing that your tuition has been paid for the semester
  2. A copy of your current timetable with your name printed on it


  • The student TW Smart Pass is reloadable for two (2) years from date of purchase. After such time, a new student smart pass must be purchased providing valid student ID.
  • Transit Windsor has the right to ask for acceptable student identification at any time.
Secondary students without a student card: Please contact the office at your school to obtain a temporary student card form if your card has been lost or is unavailable for another reason. If your school is unable to provide you with a temporary student card form, you may download the temporary student card form, print and take to your school to be validated. The form is also available at either Transit Windsor sales office. Bring the completed form to Transit Windsor, and we will provide you with a temporary student card at a cost of $5.00. 

Where can I reload my Smart Pass?

After obtaining your new Smart Pass from Windsor International Transit Terminal (WITT) or Transit Centre (TC), you can reload your card at the below locations:

  1. Windsor International Transit Terminal, 300 Chatham Street West
  2. Transit Centre, 3700 North Service Road East
  3. Adie Knox Herman Recreation Centre, 1551 Wyandotte Street West
  4. Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex, 2555 Pulford
  5. Forest Glade Community Centre, 3215 Forest Glade Drive
  6. Gino & Liz Marcus Community Complex, 1168 Drouillard
  7. Optimist Community Centre, 1075 Ypres
  8. Ponds Shoppers Drug Mart, 600 Ouellette Avenue
  9. St. Clair College SRC Office, 2000 Talbot Road West
  10. LaSalle Civic Centre, 5950 Malden Road

School Board-Issued Smart Cards

Bus Kids logoThe Greater Essex County District School Board, Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board, Conseil scolaire Providence and Conseil scolaire Viamonde have joined together to form the Windsor-Essex Student Transportation Services/Service de transport des élèves-Windsor-Essex (WESTS) Consortium to manage and administer student transportation in the City of Windsor and County of Essex.

Student Transportation Services, in conjunction with Transit Windsor offers a “School Board-issued” pass to students that are approved for the “buskids” program by WESTS.

These passes are Smart cards, only available to qualified students from their school board, due to attending a specialized program.

If you receive a School Board-issued Smart card from your school, you must use the card in conjunction with your valid student card. If you have lost your student card, please obtain a "Temporary Student Card" by requesting a validated temporary student card form from your school. Bring the completed form to Transit Windsor, and we will provide you with a temporary student card at a cost of $5.00.

School Board-issued Smart cards can only be used on regular school days. During professional activity days, weekends, holidays and in the summer months, these cards are not valid for transportation on the city service.

If your smart card is not used with one of the student cards above, your card may be confiscated by the driver.

For further information visit: www.buskids.ca.

Riding Public Transit

Transit is one of the safest forms of transportation, but it is not without risks, especially for school-age children.

Students need to learn to recognize and avoid these risks so they can get to and from school safely. Unlike a school bus, motorists travelling on a street with city buses do not have to stop when the bus stops to pick up or drop off. Transit buses move away from the bus stop as soon as passengers have gotten on or off and do not supervise children crossing the street. Most bus stops are not at intersections and will not have traffic lights or crossing signal.

For these reasons, students who travel to school on a public bus need to observe the following precautions:

  • Stay seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.
  • Be alert as you get off the bus.
  • Never cross the street in front of a transit bus.
  • Wait for the bus to pull away so that you have a clear view of the street.

Cross at the crosswalk or street corner, and wait for the light to turn green or for the "walk" signal.

Transit Windsor
3700 North Service Road East
Windsor, Ontario
N8W 5X2

Phone: For detailed inquiries, call 519-944-4111.  For general inquiries, call 311.
Fax: 519-944-5121
Email: tw@citywindsor.ca