How to Check a Smartrip Balance

SmarTrip is used to pay for public transportation
SmarTrip is used to pay for public transportation (Image: Commuter Train image by Jeffrey Zalesny from

According to the Potomac and Rappahannock Transport Commission, the SmarTrip card is a rechargeable card that will allow you to pay for travel on public transportation in Northern Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. It is usable on both the Metrorail and Metrobus. Check the balance on your SmarTrip or add money to the balance at any Passes or Farecard machine in the public transportation system.

Go to any Passes/Farecard machine. These can be found on buses or at a Metrorail station.

Push the “Check Value” button on the Passes/Farecard machine.

Touch the your SmarTrip pass to the target on the Farecard machine. Your current SmarTrip balance will be displayed on the screen.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you touch your SmarTrip to the target before pushing the "Check Value" button, the cost of a trip will be deducted from your card.

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