Percent Decrease Problems

Price of a Bus Ticket

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Price of a Bus Ticket

A bus ticket normally costs $45. As a special offer, the bus company reduces the price to $27. What is the percent change?

  • Copy and complete the table.
  • Write an equation.
  • Write the solution as a complete sentence.


  • Remember that the price has been decreased—not increased. What should you do differently in setting up the equation as compared to the way you set up an equation to represent percent increase?
  • Is the unknown amount the starting amount, the final amount, or the percent change? How can you represent the unknown amount in your equation?