The Orange County Transportation Authority is providing safe rides for those ringing in 2022 with free fares on OC Bus from 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31 to 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 1.

Riding OC Bus is a safe and easy way to get to popular destinations around Orange County, including bus routes that operate near Downtown Fullerton, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and more.

The free bus rides, which have been offered for nearly 20 years, were not offered last year because of health concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) but are returning this year as more people return to regular activities.

All riders on OC Bus must wear a face covering to board and ride, and the health and safety of passengers and coach operators remains the top priority for OCTA.

Those who choose to go out to mark the New Year are encouraged to consider taking advantage of the free bus service to help celebrate responsibly.

Those planning to ride the bus this New Year’s Eve are encouraged to plan their trip ahead of time by visiting The site includes an interactive planner that makes it easy for new and experienced riders to determine times and routes, along with a map of popular Orange County destinations.

Free rides begin at 6 p.m., so those getting a start prior to that time must pay the $2 bus fare or use an OC Bus pass.

To date, the free service has recorded more than 162,000 boardings since it began in 2002.