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Students (K-12)

How much does it cost for Students (K-12)

1-Way $1
30-Day Pass $24
LIFE 30-Day Pass (low-income) $14

• 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.
  • 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

Apply in person for a Reduced Fare TAP card

Apply online for a Reduced Fare TAP card

  • Gather all the requirements and apply online. Student K-12 TAP cards will be mailed to eligible applicants within 20 business days after verification has been completed.
  • Online Application for Students (K-12)

How to Pay

How to buy a TAP card

The 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 Students (K-12) to save when riding Metro

EZ Pass

If you frequently ride Metro in combination with other transit systems, EZ Pass could provide additional savings.
EZ Month Pass (zone 0) = $110 + $22 per add'l zone

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.

Read more →

Student Field Trip Program

The Metro Student Field Trip Program can facilitate class field trips to numerous approved destinations.