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Students (K-12)

Metro can assist in getting younger students where they need to go.  Reduced Fare rates for students only apply if you qualify and receive a Reduced Fare TAP card.  Sign up today!

Students (K-12) Fare and Passes

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 bus 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.

Add'l Students (K-12) 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.
  • 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

Buy a TAP card

TAP is the quick and convenient way to pay your Metro fare. The TAP card costs $2 plus fare and includes transfers to Metro rail and bus. Use it to pay for Metro bus, rail, and 24 other transit providers throughout LA County.

Pay with Cash or Tokens

Cash payment (exact change) and tokens, are only accepted on buses that do not have All-Door Boarding . Transfers are not included. Tokens will be phased out by November 2019. To ride Metro Rail, you must pay with a TAP card.


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.

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