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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 cash using exact change. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about our new fare structure.


Note: TAP cards are $2 at TAP vending machines, onboard buses and at over 400 vendor locations . TAP cards must be sold with a pass or Stored Value. Reduced Fares (Senior, Disabled/Medicare, College/Vocational, and Student K-12) on Metro Rail are only valid when loaded on a special TAP card. Must have a special TAP card to receive reduced fare price. One card per rider is required. Cards are non-transferable.

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
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.

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.

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 2.5 hours.
Must be purchased with Stored Value loaded on a TAP card. You must have a TAP card to transfer between agencies.
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 (Monday-Friday) 9am - 3pm and 7pm - 5am; weekends (Saturday-Sunday) 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 a 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.


EZ just got easier!

The EZ transit pass is a monthly pass good for local travel on 23 different public transit carriers throughout the Greater Los Angeles region.

All EZ transit passes are sold on plastic TAP cards loaded with an electronic EZ transit pass. You can tap your card on any system that accepts TAP. Simply have your EZ transit pass fare loaded onto your card and remember to tap before boarding.

EZ Pass “Zones” refer to fare levels. Here is a complete list of participating EZ Transit Pass Agencies and an indication of which zone fare level is needed for your trip. Below that you will find a breakdown of ZONE fare levels.  It is t he participating Municipal transit agencies that determine their fare levels so it is best to contact these agencies directly to confirm which zone pass would best serve you and at what cost (direct links included).  EZ passes are available at Metro Customer Centers or at over 400 vendor locations near you.

Transit agencies that accept EZ transit pass and their ZONE fare levels:

AGENCY Route Regular (Adult, College/Voc., K-12)
ZONE (fare level)
Senior/Med/Dis
ZONE (fare level)
Antelope Valley Transportation Authority (AVTA) All Base EZ Base EZ
787 Z9 Z12
785 Z10 Z13
786 Z11 Z14
Baldwin Park Transit All Base EZ Base EZ
Beach Cities Transit All Base EZ Base EZ
BurbankBus All Base EZ Base EZ
Carson Circuit All Base EZ Base EZ
City of Monterey Park Spirit Bus All Base EZ Base EZ
Culver CityBus All Base EZ Base EZ
Foothill Transit All Base EZ Base EZ
Silver Streak-Downtown LA/El Monte Z2 Base EZ
Silver Streak 481-690 Pk¹ Z3 All + upcharge
Silver Streak 481-690 OffPk² Z3 Z3
Express Z5 or higher only³ No EZ Accepted
Silver Streak-Montclair/El Monte Z3 Z3
GTrans (Gardena) All Base EZ Base EZ
1X⁴ Z1 Z1
Glendale Beeline All Base EZ Base EZ
Huntington Park Transit Unlimited Express Base EZ Base EZ
LA County Department of Public Works All Base EZ Base EZ
Los Angeles Department of Transportation – DASH/Commuter Express Local Commuter Express Base EZ Base EZ
Zone 1 Commuter Express Z1 Z1
Zone 2 Commuter Express Z2 Z2
Zone 3 Commuter Express Z3 Z3
Zone 4 Commuter Express Z4 Z4
DASH Base EZ Base EZ
Long Beach Transit All Base EZ Base EZ
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)/LAX FlyAway All Z4 Z4
Metro All Base EZ Base EZ
Express Z1 Z1
Silver Line Z1 Z1
Montebello Bus Lines All Base EZ Base EZ
Express Z1 Z1
Norwalk Transit System All Base EZ Base EZ
Pasadena Transit All Base EZ Base EZ
Palos Verdes Peninsula Transit Authority All Base EZ Base EZ
Santa Clarita Transit All Base EZ Base EZ
Special Commuter No EZ Accepted No EZ Accepted
North Hollywood (757) Z3 Z3
Warner Center (796/791) Z4 Z4
Los Angeles (792/797) /Century (794/799) Z5 Z5
Santa Monica Big Blue Bus All Base EZ Base EZ
Rapid 10 Z1 Z1
Torrance Transit All Base EZ Base EZ
Route 4 Z1 Z1

Note:  Lower zones accepted with an upcharge unless otherwise noted
¹  Pk - Peak Hours: Monday - Friday, 4:00 AM - 10:00 AM -AND- 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
²  OffPK - Off-Peak Hours:  Monday - Friday (Inluding Federal Holidays), 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM -AND- 8:00 PM - 4:00 AM
³  Foothill Express only accepts Z5 or higher for valid fare
⁴ GTrans (Gardena) 1X service to DTLA requires Z1, Base EZ is sufficient for all short services

ZONE (fare levels) Regular
(Adult, College/Vocational, Student K-12)
Senior 62+/
Disabled/
Medicare
EZ transit base 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:
• Zone 2 and higher are not required by Metro
• Zone 2 and higher apply to 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
EZ transit pass Zone 10 $330
EZ transit pass Zone 11 $352
EZ transit pass Zone 12 $156
EZ transit pass Zone 13 $165.5
EZ transit pass Zone 14 $175

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.


Go Metro with TAP

All Metro passes and Stored Value are 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 the valid pass first. If no valid pass is found it will deduct from your Stored Value.

See the TAP User Guide at right.

How to TAP

On Metro buses: Upon boarding, communicate with bus operator if you have insufficient Stored Value, a pass for fare, require an upcharge, or need assistance.
Otherwise, 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 : TAP cards are $2 at TVMs, aboard buses and at over 400 vendor locations and must be sold with a pass.

Transit Agencies that use TAP

To ride from one transit carrier to another, we recommend loading Stored Value. 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.


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.

Apply online now for a Senior, Disabled/Medicare, College/Vocational or Students (K-8 and 9-12) or click on the links below for more information.

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:


There have recently been some changes to TAP vending machine options:

  • Stored Value can be added in any amount
  • You can now buy multiple TAP cards loaded with a Metro 1-Day Pass
  • You can now purchase EZ transit passes at TVMs.
  • Paper transfers are no longer available. Transfers must be purchased with Stored Value loaded on a TAP card.

Click on the links below to view a step by step tutorial on these, and other options.


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