I'm in Quebec city for a while and want to use the bus for trips that involve a transfer each way, so from point A to B I need to catch 2 buses. Obviously I'll need to catch 2 again to return home.

I bought an 'Occasionelle' ticket loaded with '12 bil gen', but I'm unsure how it gets depleted, or whether I can use the card as many times as needed over a period of 12 days usage.

I'm trying to make sense of it, but the RTC website is extremely unclear in this regard.


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A billet is a ticket for a single ride. When you use a billet, the chip on your card is given a free transfer (droit de correspondre) that is valid for the next 90 minutes. This means that your ride from A to B will probably only consume one billet. The return trip will require a second billet; even if you start your return trip within 90 minutes of your outbound trip, the rules do not permit you to "double back" without paying again.

Note that at two rides per day, a titre de 5 jours consécutifs ("pass for 5 consecutive days") is a marginally better deal than buying 10 billets ($29 rather than $30.) If you're doing more than two rides per day, the 5-day pass is definitely a better deal. Depending on how much time you have remaining in Quebec City when your 12 billets run out, you might consider buying one of these instead.

Pages I used to figure this out:

Here are the RTC fare schedules in English and in French, which make it clear that "1 passage (billet)" is the same thing as a "single fare (ticket)".

Here's the RTC webpage in English about payment methods, which says

When you use a ticket (single fare) on an OPUS or Occasional card, you automatically get a transfer fare valid for 90 minutes.

In French, the same webpage says

Lors de l'utilisation d'un billet (passage) encodé sur la carte OPUS ou la carte Occasionnelle, un droit de correspondre d'une durée de 90 min est automatiquement accordé.

(This says the same thing as in English.) This last page links to a French page about transfer fares, which does not appear to be available in English; it says

Un droit de correspondre permet de monter gratuitement à bord de tout autobus circulant sur un parcours autre que celui sur lequel il a été émis et autre que ceux utilisés durant sa période de validité.

Billet encodé sur une carte à puce

  • Il est automatiquement encodé sur votre carte.
  • Valide pour 90 minutes.

which translates as

A transfer permits boarding of any bus running on a route other than the one on which it was granted and any other routes used during its period of validity.

Ticket stored on a smart card

  • Transfer is automatically stored on your card.
  • Valid for 90 minutes.
  • Thanks, that's really helpful. So by your example, my 2 bill ticket I bought today (to use tomorrow) will be used up by making the journey from A-B and B-A in one day? Meaning the other ticket I bought with 12 is valid for 6 A-B+B-A journeys? Thanks
    – Dave
    Jun 17, 2018 at 2:17
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    That's how I'm reading it (though I will admit to not having first-hand experience with this.) If you want to check, this page notes that you can check the balance of a Carte Occasionelle at any RTC service center or point of sale, and (I think) that the scanner on the bus will display the remaining balance when you scan your card. Jun 17, 2018 at 3:00

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