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Holiday Free Fares

Metro will get you home safely this holiday season.

To help you celebrate the holidays safely, all Metro bus and rail lines will provide free service on the late nights of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Specifically, no fare will be charged starting 9pm on Monday, December 24 until 2am Tuesday, December 25 and starting 9pm on Monday, December 31, 2018 until 2am on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. All Metro Rail Line Stations with faregates will be unlatched and fareboxes and validators will not deduct fare.

A One-way fare is $1.75 plus $2 for a reusable TAP card, per person, and includes transfers to other Metro lines for up to two hours to complete a one-way trip. A $7 Day Pass covers unlimited travel starting on date of purchase until 3am the next morning.

Note: On New Year’s Eve, all Metro Rail lines will operate every 10-12 minutes from 9pm to 1am. After 1am, service will continue all night every 20 minutes on New Year's Eve until 5am. The Metro Orange Line will operate every 20-50 minutes between North Hollywood and Chatsworth Stations. The Metro Silver Line will operate every 20-60 minutes between El Monte and Harbor Gateway Transit Center. For updated schedules, check out our timetables .

Go Metro to 2019 New Year’s Celebrations!


There are five convenient ways to load a pass or Stored Value onto your TAP card:

Buy Online or By Phone

Buy online at taptogo.net or by phone at 1.866.TAPTOGO.
Passes loaded this way must be purchased at least 48 hours (two days) in advance of use. When buying online or by phone, you can also take advantage of TAP’s Autoload feature, which automatically loads your 30-Day pass or stored value.

Use a TAP Vending Machine (TVM)

Use a TAP Vending Machine at a Metro Rail or Metro Orange Line station

  • Select "Add value or pass to TAP"
  • Tap your card on the TAP target.
  • Select desired pass or stored value amount.
  • Insert money or credit/debit card.
  • Tap your card on the TAP target again. This will ensure your TAP card is loaded with the new pass or stored value.

How to buy Regular fares

Regular TAP card

Here are step-by-step instructions to help you purchase your desired fare at a TAP vending machine (TVM).

View the steps as a slideshow. Or, if you want to view offline later, you can download a PDF.

1-Way Fare

Includes two hours of transfers for Metro buses and Rail.

Day Pass

Activated on first tap and valid until 2AM following day.

Stored Value

Stored Value is money on your TAP card that is accepted on 24 transit systems. Use Stored Value when you ride occasionally, if your trip includes more than one transit agency, or if you’re a visitor and want flexibility.

How to buy Senior/Disabled/Medicare fares

example of a Senior TAP card

Here are step-by-step instructions to help you purchase your desired fare at a TAP vending machine (TVM).

View the steps as a slideshow. Or, if you want to view offline later, you can download a PDF.

1-Way Fare

Includes two hours of transfers for Metro buses and Rail.

Day Pass

Activated on first tap and valid until 2AM following day.

Stored Value

Stored Value is money on your TAP card that is accepted on 24 transit systems. Use Stored Value when you ride occasionally, if your trip includes more than one transit agency, or if you’re a visitor and want flexibility.

Go to a Metro Customer Center or anywhere TAP cards are sold.

Load your card when boarding a Metro bus (Day Pass only).

Day Passes loaded onboard will be valid immediately.

  • Ask Operator for a Day Pass.
  • Insert cash.
  • Wait for Operator to push button.
  • Tap your card on the TAP target and listen for the "beep" to ensure your card is loaded.

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