Fares and Passes

Gold Country Stage “Golden Ticket”

The Golden Ticket is a Lifetime Pass for seniors aged 80 and over. The Golden Ticket will provide the pass holder with unlimited free rides on all Gold Country Stage routes (1 – 6) for the lifetime of the pass holder. Eligibility is open to all Nevada County seniors with proof of age (valid California ID card or Driver’s License).

In addition Gold Country Stage will be partnering with Connecting Point to offer Travel Training to any interested persons seeking assistance in utilizing the fixed route bus system (Gold Country Stage).

**The Golden Ticket pass is not for use on Gold Country Lift paratransit services.

Gold Country Stage Summer Youth Pass

The Summer Youth Pass is available to students ages 6 – 17 with a valid form of age identification (school or age ID document). The Summer Youth Pass costs $25.00 for unlimited rides on all Gold County Stage routes (1 – 6) and for all zones for three (3) months (June, July and August 2018 only). This is a discount of $42.50 compared to the cost of a regular one (1) zone youth pass and $110.00 for a two (2) zone youth pass for the same period!

 For more information regarding the Golden Ticket and the Summer Youth passes please contact the Transit Services Division at 530-477-0103 ext. 0 or visit the offices at 13081 John Bauer Ave.,Grass Valley.

Where's my bus?

 Where is the closest bus stop?

If you have a smart phone, you can load a map of our system in your phone to see where your bus is and see where our bus stops are located. You can select a single route or select all to see all buses. Zoom in and bus stop locations will become visible. 

Load https://cnts.routematch.com/fixedroute/ into your web browser at home or on your smart phone to see our map in action. No more wondering if you missed the bus or not.

System Changes Effective March 1, 2018

Monthly passes will no longer be sold on the bus.

Monthly passes will be available for purchase at the Transit Services office located at 13081 John Bauer Avenue, Grass Valley Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm. This location is a Route 3 Loma Rica stop. Passes will be availble for sale at the Tinloy Transit Center the first two business days of the month from 8:00am - 5:00pm. 

Discount Fare ID cards

In order to improve service efficiency, Gold Country Stage (GCS) will begin issuing Discount Fare Picture ID cards to eligible users. Discount Fare ID cards will be available starting February 14, 2018 at the Transit Services office or the Tinloy Transit Center at the dates and times noted above. The application is located on our web site on the Fares and Passes page along with the accepted documentation for eligibility. ALL DISCOUNT FARE USERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A DISCOUNT FARE ID CARD.

Change in check acceptance policy

GCS will no longer accept personal checks under $20.00.


Gold Country Stage provides service in two zones; Zone 1 fares apply to passengers traveling within the local bus zone only (Grass Valley, Nevada City and the Brunswick Basin). Zone 2 fares apply to passengers traveling on regional routes 5 (Auburn) and 6 (Penn Valley). The route 5 zone 2 boundary is Alta Sierra Drive. The route 6 zone 2 boundary is Bitney Springs Road.

Cash Fares

  Zone 1 Zone 2
Adult (18+) $1.50 $3.00
Discount (Seniors 65+/ Disabled/Youth (6-17) $.75 $1.50
Children (5 and under) FREE FREE
Transfers FREE FREE


One-day Pass (Non-transferable)    
(Unlimited rides) Adult (18+)  $4.50 $7.50
Discount (Seniors 65+/ Disabled/Youth (6-17) $2.25 $3.75
Monthly Pass (Non-transferable)    
Adult (18+)  $45.00 $90.00
Discount (Seniors 65+/ Disabled/Youth (6-17) $22.50 $45.00

Discount Fare Card application

In order to improve service efficiency, Gold Country Stage (GCS) will begin issuing Discount Fare Picture ID cards to eligible users. Discount Fare ID cards will be available starting February 14, 2018 at the Transit Services office. Starting March 1, 2018, the Discount Fare Card will be required in order to receive a discount fare on our system. 

Click this link Discount Fare Card Application to fill out your application. Print your application and bring both pages and the required documentation to the address listed on the form on or after February 14, 2018.

Discount Fare Cards may also be obtained at the Tinloy Transit Center on the first two business days each month between the hours of 8:00am - 5:00pm.

Discount Fare Eligibility Requirements

The following forms of identification are required in order to be eligible for discounted fares. All applicants must have and show a valid photo ID.

  • Senior (65+)
    • A valid state Driver's License or picture/age ID card
    • A valid Medicare card (not Medi-Cal)
  • Disabled
    • DMV printout showing name for DMV Disabled placard
    • ADA certification card issued by County of Nevada Transit Services
    • ADA or Disabled ID eligibility document issued by another transit agency
    • Veteran's ID card with "SERVICE CONNECTED" or a Dept. of Veterans Affairs disabled veteran letter
  • Youth (6-17) fare is subject to age and photo identification. (School or age ID)
  • Single PCA fare waived when accompanied passenger has approved Travel with PCA-ADA Paratransit Eligible Card

Transfers (Non-transferable)

Please obtain transfers upon boarding the bus. Transfers are ONE-WAY and must be used on the next available connecting route, traveling in the same general direction, with route indicated on transfer. TRANSFERS MAY NOT BE USED FOR ROUND TRIP TRAVEL! * Additional fare may be charged if traveling within two zones and using a transfer.

Purchasing Passes

Passes may be purchased with cash or personal check (made payable to Gold County Stage) from bus drivers and at the following locations:

Gold Country Stage
13081 John Bauer Avenue
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Community Development Agency (CDA)-Kiosk
Eric Rood Government Center
950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City 95959