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Getting Started

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.

Metro Trip Planner

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. On Metro bus, you can pay cash each time you board (bus operators don't carry change, so you'll need exact fare) or buy and add up to $20 to a reusable TAP card. On Metro Rail, Orange line stations and most Silver Line stations, you can buy and add cash or passes from TAP vending machines located near each station platform.

Order a TAP card Today

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.