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How to Load a TAP Card

There are five convenient ways to load a pass or Stored Value onto your TAP card:

Buy Online or By Phone

Buy online at taptogo.net or by phone at 1.866.TAPTOGO.
Passes loaded this way must be purchased at least 48 hours (two days) in advance of use. When buying online or by phone, you can also take advantage of TAP’s Autoload feature, which automatically loads your 30-Day pass or stored value.

Use a TAP Vending Machine (TVM)

Use a TAP Vending Machine at a Metro Rail or Metro Orange Line station

  • Select "Add value or pass to TAP"
  • Tap your card on the TAP target.
  • Select desired pass or stored value amount.
  • Insert money or credit/debit card.
  • Tap your card on the TAP target again. This will ensure your TAP card is loaded with the new pass or stored value.

How to buy Regular fares

Regular TAP card

Here are step-by-step instructions to help you purchase your desired fare at a TAP vending machine (TVM).

View the steps as a slideshow. Or, if you want to view offline later, you can download a PDF.

1-Way Fare

Includes two hours of transfers for Metro buses and Rail.

Day Pass

Activated on first tap and valid until 2AM following day.

Stored Value

Stored Value is money on your TAP card that is accepted on 24 transit systems. Use Stored Value when you ride occasionally, if your trip includes more than one transit agency, or if you’re a visitor and want flexibility.

How to buy Senior/Disabled/Medicare fares

example of a Senior TAP card

Here are step-by-step instructions to help you purchase your desired fare at a TAP vending machine (TVM).

View the steps as a slideshow. Or, if you want to view offline later, you can download a PDF.

1-Way Fare

Includes two hours of transfers for Metro buses and Rail.

Day Pass

Activated on first tap and valid until 2AM following day.

Stored Value

Stored Value is money on your TAP card that is accepted on 24 transit systems. Use Stored Value when you ride occasionally, if your trip includes more than one transit agency, or if you’re a visitor and want flexibility.

Go to a Metro Customer Center or anywhere TAP cards are sold.

Load your card when boarding a Metro bus (Day Pass only).

Day Passes loaded onboard will be valid immediately.

  • Ask Operator for a Day Pass.
  • Insert cash.
  • Wait for Operator to push button.
  • Tap your card on the TAP target and listen for the "beep" to ensure your card is loaded.
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