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  • EZ Transit Pass
  • Reduced Fares
  • TAP

Paying Your Fare

All fares can be pre-paid by loading a pass or Stored Valued (cash) on a TAP card and then tapping each time you board. On buses you can also pay for a single ride with a token or cash using exact change. 


Note: TAP cards are $1 at TAP vending machines and onboard buses, or $2 at pass vendor locations. TAP cards must be sold with a pass. Reduced Fares (Senior, Disabled/Medicare, College/Vocational, and Student K-12) on Metro Rail are only valid when loaded on a TAP card. One card per rider is required. Cards are non-transferable.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about our new fare structure. 

Metro Fares
As of 9/15/14
Regular Senior 62+/
Disabled/
Medicare
College/
Vocational
Student K-12
Cash (Bus Only)
1-Ride Base Fare
No transfers included.

Additional charges apply to ride:
• Metro Silver Line
• Metro Express Buses
$1.75 75¢
Peak

35¢
Off-Peak

$1.75 $1
Metro-to-Muni Transfer
Transfer to a non-Metro bus within 2 hours
50¢ 25¢ 50¢ 50¢
Tokens (Bag of 10)
Each token valid for 1-Ride Base Fare. No transfers given if used onboard buses.
$17.50
On TAP
1-Way Trip
Includes transfers to other Metro lines for up to two hours to complete a one-way trip.

Additional charges apply to ride:
• Metro Silver Line
• Metro Express Buses
$1.75 75¢
Peak


35¢
Off-Peak


$1.75 $1
1-Day Pass
Valid for 1 day on first tap. Expires at 3am on the following day after first use.

Includes:
• All Metro services
$7 $2.50
7-Day Pass
Valid for 7 consecutive days from the first tap. Expires at 3am on the day following expiration.

Includes:
• All Metro services

Additional charges apply to ride:
• Metro Silver Line
• Metro Express Buses
$25
30-Day Pass
Valid for 30 consecutive days from the first tap. Expires at 3am on the day following expiration.

Includes:
• All Metro services

Additional charges apply to ride:
• Metro Silver Line
• Metro Express Buses
$100 $20 $43 $24
30-Day + Zone 1 Pass
Ride Metro for 30 consecutive days from the first tap.

Includes:
• All Metro services
$122
Metro-to-Muni Transfer
Transfer to a non-Metro bus within 2 hours
50¢ 25¢ 50¢ 50¢
Other Products
Stored Value
• Good on Metro and other TAP participating transit agencies.
$1.75-$60 35¢-$60 $1.75-$60 $1-$60

 

  • Off-Peak hours include weekdays 9am - 3pm and 7pm - 5am; weekends and Federal holidays.
  • Metro bus operators do not carry change. If using cash, please have exact fare when you board.
  • Two children under age 5 may travel free with each fare-paying adult on bus or rail.
  • Eating, drinking or smoking is not permitted in Metro stations, buses or trains.

Warning: Failure to pay the proper fare is violation of Section 640 Penal Code and may result in a fine up to $250 and 48 hours community service.


Metro Silver Line runs between the Harbor Gateway Transit Center and the El Monte Station. Metro Express busses run between South Bay and Downtown Los Angeles. Both bus services run primarily on freeways, therefore special fares apply.

Metro Fares
As of 9/15/14
Regular Senior 62+/
Disabled/
Medicare
College/
Vocational
Student K-12
Silver Line Cash Fares
1-Ride Base Fare
No transfers included.

Additional charges apply to ride:
• Metro Express Buses
$2.50 $1.35
Peak


95¢
Off-Peak


$2.50 $2.50
On TAP
1-Way Trip
Includes transfers to other Metro Lines for up to two hours to complete a one-way trip.

Additional charges apply to ride:
• Metro Express Buses
$2.50 $1.35
Peak


95¢
Off-Peak


$2.50 $2.50
Premium Charge for 7-Day, 30-Day and EZ transit pass

All other Metro passes accepted without premium charge.
75¢
Express Freeway Premium Charge
Express + Zone 1
Premium Charge

Additional fare required only on freeway segments.
75¢ 60¢

75¢ 75¢

 

  • Off-Peak hours include weekdays 9am - 3pm and 7pm - 5am; weekends and Federal holidays.
  • Metro bus operators do not carry change. If using cash, please have exact fare when you board.
  • Two children under age 5 may travel free with each fare-paying adult on bus or rail.
  • Eating, drinking or smoking is not permitted in Metro stations, buses or trains.

Warning: Failure to pay the proper fare is violation of Section 640 Penal Code and may result in a fine up to $250 and 48 hours community service.


TAP card senior

The EZ transit pass is a monthly pass good for local travel on 24 different public transit carriers throughout the Greater Los Angeles region.

All EZ transit passes are sold on plastic TAP cards. Each card comes loaded with an electronic EZ transit pass and an EZ transit pass zone stamp affixed on the card. You can tap your card on systems that take TAP or simply show your TAP card with zone stamp to the operator on all other transit systems where EZ is accepted.

Metro as well as most transit agencies below accept the EZ transit pass base fare. Ask your transit operator to verify which zone is needed for your trip. EZ passes are available at Metro Customer Centers or at hundreds of vendor locations near you.

Metro Fares
As of 9/15/14
Regular Senior 62+/
Disabled/
Medicare
College/
Vocational
Student K-12
EZ transit pass

Includes:
•All Metro services

Additional charges apply to ride:
• Metro Silver Line
• Metro Express Buses
• Non-Metro express buses
$110 $42

EZ transit pass + Zone 1

Includes:
• All Metro services

Additional charges apply to ride:
• Non-Metro express buses that leave Los Angeles County
$132 $51.50
EZ transit pass + Zone 2 $154       $61
EZ transit pass + Zone 3 $176 $70.50
EZ transit pass + Zone 4 $198 $80
EZ transit pass + Zone 5 $220 $89.50
EZ transit pass + Zone 6 $242 $99
EZ transit pass + Zone 8 $286 $118
EZ transit pass + Zone 9 $308 $127.50
EZ transit pass + Zone 10 $330 $137
EZ transit pass + Zone 11 $352 $146.50

Order EZ transit passes by Mail

With this form you can order EZ transit passes for use on a variety of different transit systems in the Los Angeles area. Just print out and complete the order form below, include a self addressed, stamped envelope and mail it with check, money order (we do not accept credit cards) for the exact amount. Orders received by the 15th of the month will be mailed by the 25th.

New EZ transit pass pricing is effective October 1, 2014. EZ transit passes for October will go on sale September 15, 2014.

Senior 62+/Disabled/Medicare riders:

To get the EZ transit pass at a reduced rate, you must have an orange Reduced Fare TAP card. To apply in person, go to any Metro Customer Center. To apply by mail, submit the senior/disabled application with the required documentation.  

Transit agencies that accept EZ Pass:


Special Reduced Fares

Metro's Reduced Fare Programs enable eligible applicants to obtain special TAP cards and purchase reduced-rate monthly passes. As a reduced-fare rider, you are automatically signed up for free Balance Protection so you won't need to worry if your card is lost or stolen.

Applications for these cards are available by clicking the links below. When completed, they can be mailed to Metro’s Reduced Fare Office, submitted at any Customer Center or mailed to the TAP Service Center as specified on each application.

Transportation Subsidy Programs

Metro also offers other transit subsidy programs to eligible Los Angeles County residents.  Find out more:

 Employer Annual Pass Program

Metro offers two types of annual reduced rate group passes through the Employer Annual Pass Program. These are low-cost and affordable options available to all types of businesses. Find out more about group rates and how you can join: 


Go Metro with TAP

All Metro passes and stored value are now sold on TAP, a durable plastic card you can use again and again. It’s eco-friendly, because using TAP eliminates tons of disposable paper passes and stamps.

Each TAP card has an electronic chip inside; just load the type of pass and stored value you want on your card, and the chip remembers it. Then you simply tap your card each time you board, and the bus farebox or rail validator looks for valid pass first. If no valid pass is found it will deduct from your stored value.

See the TAP Users Guide at right.

How to TAP

On Metro buses: Simply tap your card on the farebox’s TAP target.  A “beep” and message will show the bus operator your card is valid. Remember, you must tap your card each time you board; you may not simply show it to the operator.

On Metro Rail trains and the Metro Orange Line: Locate the station validator or turnstile as you approach the platform and tap your card on the TAP target.  Remember, you must tap your card before boarding; it is not valid unless you do.

Turnstiles are located at some Metro Rail stations. At these stations, tap the validator on the right side of the turnstile before you pass through.

If your trip requires more than one train (i.e., changing from the Red Line to the Blue Line), you must tap the validator again at the station where you change trains. Always have your TAP card handy as fare enforcement officers with handheld validators may ask to verify that you have tapped.

Failure to load valid fare on your card or tap the farebox or validator before boarding could result in a $250 fine.

For additional information, check the links to the right, or call 866.TAPTOGO (866.827.8646).

Note: New TAP cards are $1 at TVMs and aboard bus or $2 at Pass sales outlets, and must be sold with a pass.

Transit Agencies that use TAP

To ride from one transit carrier to another, we recommend loading Stored Valued. TAP cards loaded with Stored Value can be used on any of the systems below. Make sure to TAP your card each time you board and the correct fare amount for each transit carrier will be automatically deducted from the Stored Value loaded on your TAP card. Loading a Metro Pass is only valid on Metro bus and rail.



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