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How much does it cost for College/Vocational Students?

1-Way $1.75
30-Day Pass $43
LIFE 30-Day Pass (low-income) $30
U-Pass (participating schools only) varies

• Fare payment with TAP includes 2 hrs of unlimited transfers to Metro rail and bus in one direction (no roundtrips).
• Add’l 75¢ charge for the Silver Line and the Express Bus Lines 442 , 460 , 487 , 489 , 501 , 550 , and 577
• Add’l 50¢ charge for a transfer to non-Metro buses within 2.5 hrs.

Fare details

  • If using cash, please have exact fare when you board the bus. Metro bus operators do not carry change.
  • 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 Pass details

  • 30-Day Pass : Valid for 30 consecutive days from the first tap. Expires at 3am on the day following expiration. Add’l charges apply to ride: Metro Silver Line, Metro Express Buses.
  • 30-Day + Zone 1 Pass : Ride Metro for 30 consecutive days from the first tap. Includes: All Metro Services

TAP is a reloadable fare card that offers the most convenient and flexible way to pay your fare on Metro bus and rail.  It is also valid for travel with 25 transit agencies across LA County. Load, Tap and Go!

How to get a reduced fare TAP card as a College/Vocational Student

First check to see if your college is already a part of the U-Pass program for greater savings.  If not, apply for the Reduced Fare College/Vocational TAP card online to qualify for Reduced Fare.

Universal College Student Transit Pass (U-Pass) Program

If your school participates in this program, U-Pass is the quickest and most economical choice.

Metro is partnering with a growing number of colleges to offer reduced fare to a broader range of college students. Participating colleges expedite the process by administering the U-Pass enrollment and TAP stickers.  Rates will vary depending on each college's fare subsidy program and will either match the College/Vocational Reduced Fare TAP card rate or provide even greater savings.

Apply in person for a Reduced Fare TAP card

Apply online for a Reduced Fare TAP card

  • Gather all the requirements and apply online. College/vocational TAP cards will be mailed to eligible applicants within 20 business days after verification has been completed.
  • Online Application for College/Vocational

How to Pay

How to buy a TAP card

A TAP card costs $2 plus fare and includes transfers to Metro rail and bus. For additional TAP questions please visit or call 866.827.8646

      • Balance protection : If your card is lost or stolen you can recover the balance and transfer it to a new card.
      • Ability to transfer a remaining balance from one TAP card to another
      • Consolidation of remaining balances from several TAP cards to one

Where to buy/reload a TAP card

Pay with Cash

Exact change is accepted on buses that do not have All-Door Boarding . Transfers are not included.

To ride Metro Rail, you must pay with a TAP card.

ALERT: Metro tokens are no longer accepted as payment. Read more about token elimination--> .

How to TAP

Additional ways for College/Vocational to save when riding Metro

Low Income (LIFE)

Metro’s Rider Relief Program is now the LIFE (Low-Income Fare is Easy) program. Qualifying riders can save even more on fares on Metro and participating transit systems with LIFE benefits.