The OPUS card is a re-usable smart card used for all of Montreal’s public transit systems. The card is the size of a credit card and serves as the single form of payment for the various public transit systems in Montreal. As of 2008, the OPUS card became the only valid card for public transit use in Montreal. Montreal’s Société de transport de Montréal (STM) , which is responsible for the bus and metro system, upgraded to this system in 2008. Montreal’s railway services, operated by the Agence Metropolitaine de Transport (AMT), also use the OPUS card as their only card of operation.
Purchasing an OPUS Card
An OPUS card costs approximately C$7.00 and it can be purchased at various points of sale, including Metro Stations and Pharmacies. Once a card has been purchased, it must be charged. You can charge an OPUS card with various types of transit. Some of which include monthly pass, CAM Hebdo, six tickets, single ticket. Once you’ve selected you transit type, simply make that payment by paying cash, credit card or debit card.
Recharging an OPUS card
There are over 500 locations available in Montreal to recharge OPUS cards in Montreal. There are also various recharging stations in Montreal Metro stations, train stations and bus terminals. .
Alternatives to the OPUS Card
The only other alternative to the OPUS card are paper passes that can be purchased in any Metro station in Montreal. These passes are available in weekly, single ticket, six tickets, and tourist packages.