SmarTrip on Android & Google Pay

It's go time. Tap and go time. SmarTrip on iPhone and Apple Watch: The new way to pay on Metro.

Android users, the wait is finally over! SmarTrip® for Google Pay is here, making it possible to use your phone to pay, anywhere SmarTrip is accepted - for the train, on a bus or at a Metro-owned parking lot.

Add a new SmarTrip card in Google Pay, then quickly purchase stored value to pay-as-you-ride or a monthly pass for unlimited rides. SmarTrip in Google Pay is available on mobile devices only; Android wearables are not supported.

Pair SmarTrip in Google Pay with the SmarTrip app to transfer an existing plastic card to your mobile phone and unlock more features of your SmarTrip, including card registration, balance protection and making purchases with your SmartBenefits.

SmarTrip in Google Pay is available for regular, full fare and Senior travelers.

Transfer your plastic SmarTrip card to GPay

  1. Open your SmarTrip app and log in
  2. Choose the card you wish to transfer, then tap "Transfer Card to Google Pay"
  3. Hold your SmarTrip card to the back of your Android phone
  4. Tap the "Save to phone" button
  5. Your SmarTrip card is now available in GPay

Add value or a pass in GPay

  1. Open the GPay app
  2. Tap your card, then find your SmarTrip
  3. Tap "Add money or pass"
  4. Choose to "Add money" or "Add a pass" and decide the value or pass to add
  5. Review and confirm your purchase

SmarTrip App - a fare machine in your pocket!

  • Add funds quickly to any SmarTrip card
  • Buy money-saving passes
  • Check balances
  • Set up Auto Reload
  • Check SmartBenefits® from your employer

SmarTrip in Google Pay is available at all 91 Metrorail stations in DC, Maryland and Virginia, all Metro parking garages and lots, all Metrobus routes, and all regional bus providers including ART, DASH, Fairfax Connector, CUE, RideOn, THE Bus, DC Circulator, Loudoun County Transit, and OmniRide.

To use SmarTrip in Google Pay, an Android phone must be NFC capable and have Android OS version 5 or newer. To use the SmarTrip app, an Android phone must have Android OS version 9 or newer.

There are 3 ways to add a SmarTrip card to your Android phone.

  1. Use Google Pay to buy a new SmarTrip.
  2. Use the SmarTrip app to buy a new SmarTrip card.
  3. Transfer an existing registered plastic SmarTrip card to Google Pay using the SmarTrip app.
You cannot pay a fare using the SmarTrip app alone; you will first need to add SmarTrip to Google Pay. Please note that if Samsung Pay is set as your default payment service, you will need to change the default to Google Pay in order to wake, tap, and pay. Otherwise, you will need to open the Google Pay app every time you wish to use SmarTrip to pay your fare.

Once you transfer your physical card to Google Pay, the physical card will be disabled and will no longer work.

Download the SmarTrip App

Get it on Google Play