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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

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

How to Pay

How to buy a general TAP card

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

      • balance protection should you lose your 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 a TAP card

Pay with Cash or Tokens

Exact change and tokens are 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: Friday, November 29, 2019 is the last day you can use tokens on Metro. Read more about token elimination--> .


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.

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Student Field Trip Program

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