In order to provide COVID-19 relief and recovery to our passengers, KAT is implementing a reduced fare structure effective Monday, February 1, 2021 and lasting for at least 6 months. All fare prices will change and transfer passes and 7-day passes will be eliminated. See below for details.

KAT offers many different types of fares, from single-ride passes to 30-day unlimited ride passes. View the Fare Description page for details about the different options we have to offer visitors and locals. *Children ages 4 and under may ride for free. Knox County Schools students also ride for free through the Youth Freedom Pass Program

Fare Types & Costs

Fare Types
Regular Cost
Discounted Fare*
One Ride Pass
$1.00 $0.50
1 Day Pass
$2.00 $1.00
30 Day Pass
$30.00 $15.00
20 Ride Pass
$15.00 $7.50
Note: *KAT offers discounted semester passes through various colleges and trade schools. To find out if your school participates, visit the Semester Pass Program page.

Payment Options

KAT offers several different fare payment options. Pay your fare upon boarding the bus for a One Ride or 1 Day pass. Exact change is recommended. If you do not have exact change, you will be issued a Change Card that can be used on your next trip. Passes are also available at the Knoxville Station Ticket Vending Machine on the bus platform, the Knoxville Station Customer Service Counter, or by mail. Fill out the Order Your Passes by Mail (PDF).


Your trip may require more than one bus route to reach your destination. There are many locations throughout the city where buses meet and transfers can be made. You will need to pay a new fare each time you board a bus, so purchasing a day pass is most economical for anyone who needs to transfer.  

Discounted Fare Program

A discounted fare is available to those who qualify. Qualifying individuals include seniors age 65 or over, Medicare card holders, students under the age of 18, and persons with disabilities. Proper identification (Medicare card or a valid KAT I.D. card) is required before boarding.

To apply for the discounted fare program, please download, complete, and return the Discounted Fare Application (PDF) to the Knoxville Station Customer Service Counter at 301 Church Avenue Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. KAT will charge a $2 processing fee for all IDs. You can complete the Discounted Fare Application form online as well.