1. Plan Your Trip
Every trip has a beginning and ending, and going Metro is no different. So the first step is to decide on your starting point, your destination, and the day and time you want to travel.
You'll get a customized itinerary in seconds, telling you what line to take, where to catch it, where to exit and what it costs.
2. Pay Your Fare
Metro's base fare is $1.75. You can pay cash each time you board a Metro bus (bus operators don't carry change, so you'll need exact fare) or buy and add value to a reusable TAP card from TAP vending machines at Metro Rail or Metro Orange Line stations.
Reduced cash fares are available for senior, students, and disabled riders with valid proof of status. Two children under age 5 may travel free with each fare-paying adult on bus or rail.
Learn more about other fare types
3. Hop on Board
Congratulations, you're on your way! No traffic, no parking hassles - it's time to enjoy the ride. Before you start your trip, make sure to review the Customer Code of Conduct (English) (Spanish) , or get a quick summary from our Metro Manners videos series.
Here are more ways to make your trip better
On a Metro Bus
- Watch for your destination
- About one block before you stop, press the STOP button or pull the cord between the windows to signal the operator to let you off.
- Exit through the rear doors whenever possible; it speeds up boarding for new passengers.
- If you happen to drop something when exiting, leave it on the ground until the bus drives away.
On Metro Rail
- Grab the handrails for stability if standing or moving around the train car.
- Use the overhead maps to help you watch for your station.
- Check to be sure you have all your belongings.
- Be ready to exit when your stop is approaching.
Schedules of transit to/from the airport
To Union Station
LAX Flyaway : Union Station, Van Nuys, Downtown Long Beach, Hollywood, Westwood and Orange Line
Beach Cities Transit 109 : Between LAX City Bus Center and Redondo Beach Riviera Village
Commuter Express 438 : Between Downtown LA and Redondo Beach
Commuter Express 574 : Between LAX/El Segundo and Encino/Granada Hills
Culver City Bus Line 6 : Aviation/LAX Station to UCLA via Sepulveda Bl
GTrans Line 5 : Aviation/LAX Station to Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station via El Segundo Bl
Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Line 3/Rapid 3 : Aviation/LAX Station to Santa Monica Public Library via Lincoln Bl
Torrance Transit 8 : LAX Transit Center to Torrance
111 : Between Norwalk Station and LAX City Bus Center via Florence Av
117 : Between Downey and LAX City Bus Center via Century Bl and Imperial Hwy
102 : Between South Gate and LAX City Bus Center via La Tijera Bl and Exposition Bl
120 : Between Whittwood Town Center and Aviation/LAX Station via Imperial Hwy
232 : Between Downtown Long Beach and LAX City Bus Center via Sepulveda Bl and Pacific Coast Hwy
625 : Between Aviation/LAX Station and LAX West (Green Line Shuttle)
Long Beach Transit 102 : Willow / Spring / Wardlow
Long Beach Transit 104 : Willow / Spring / Nature Center
Long Beach Transit 111 : Broadway – Lakewood Bl
Long Beach Transit 176 : PCH / LBCC / Lakewood Mall
Metrolink Ventura County Line between Downtown LA and Ventura
Burbank Bus: NoHo to Airport
165 : Between Burbank and West Hills via Vanowen St
169 : Between Burbank and Woodland Hills via Saticoy St and Valley Circle Bl
222 : Between Sunland and Hollywood via Hollywood Way, Barham Bl and Cahuenga Bl
Below are tips for Riding Metro for special events with large crowds, please also see our tips for Going Metro on Game Day .
1. Buy your TAP card ahead of time
How to get a TAP card?
- There are TAP card vending machines in every Metro Rail station, all Orange Line busway stations and El Monte Station. They accept cash, debit cards and credit cards. Fares purchased can be used immediately.
- You can buy one online at taptogo.net or by calling 866-827-8646. Please allow seven to 10 business days for delivery.
Visit a TAP vendor — there are about 400 around L.A. County.
Find a location near you
Visit a Metro Customer Service Center.
Find a location near you
2. Load fare on your TAP card in advance
The cards cost $1. We recommend putting at least $3.50 in stored value on the card, which is enough for a roundtrip ride (a one-way trip is $1.75 and includes two hours of free transfers).
3. Get to your stop or station early
Connecting service information for stations along transitways.
Connecting service information for Metro Rail stations.
Connections in other areas
Connecting service information for selected locations.
- Culver City Connections
- LAX Airport Area Connections
- Pico/Rimpau Connections
- South Bay Galleria Connections
- UCLA/Westwood Connections