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Metro is one of the nation's largest public transportation agencies. We can take you just about anywhere in LA County

How to Plan Your Trip
To plan the route that's best for you, use our Trip Planner at or call us at 323.GO.METRO (323.466.3876).

Go Metro

Metro Bus
Our buses travel most major streets in the county, offering different types of service. Metro Local routes stop about every two blocks and are painted orange (some are white with orange stripes). Metro Rapid routes are faster, because they stop only at major intersections; they are painted red. Metro Express routes travel long distances on freeways and make very few stops; they are painted blue.

Metro Rail

Metro Rail
The Metro Blue, Green, Red, Purple, Gold and Expo lines comprise Metro Rail. There are a total of 80 stations in the system, each offering many bus connections.

Orange Line

Metro Orange Line
The Metro Orange Line is a bus-only transitway running across the San Fernando Valley between North Hollywood, Warner Center and Chatsworth. Vehicles on this line stop at 18 stations, operating very much like Metro Rail trains. Many bus connections are available at each station.

Other Carriers

Other Carriers
Many local cities operate additional bus service in their areas. Please note that these carriers have different fare structures than Metro.

For information, call 323.GO.METRO (323.466.3876) or check .

Cash Fares

Cash Fares

One-Way (each boarding): $1.75

One-Way (each boarding): 75¢

Senior 62+/Disabled Off-Peak:
One-Way (each boarding): 35¢

Bus drivers don't carry change, so you'll need exact fare. You can also pay at self-service TAP vending machines in Metro Rail and Metro Orange Line stations. These fares are dispensed on a reloadable TAP card.

Two children under age 5 may travel free with each fare-paying adult.

Pre-Paid Passes

Pre-Paid Passes

Metro passes good for unlimited travel are sold on TAP, a reloadable plastic card. Passes can be purchased at TAP vending machines in Metro Rail and Orange Line Stations. Passes are activated the first time you tap your card.

  • Weekly Pass - $25
  • Monthly Pass - $100
  • EZ Transit Pass - $110
    (good on Metro plus many other carriers)

Senior, Disabled and Student Discounts are available. For eligibility requirements and a complete directory of sales outlets, call 323.GO.METRO (323.466.3876) or check .

Day Passes

Day Passes

Metro offers a Day Pass good for local travel on buses and trains all day. A Regular Day Pass costs $7; a Senior/Disabled/Medicare pass costs $2.50.

Day Passes may be purchased onboard all Metro buses and from self-service TAP vending machines in Metro Rail and Metro Orange Line stations.

All Day Passes are also sold on reloadable TAP cards. For more information on TAP, check .



Most Metro bus and rail lines start around 4am and keep running until about midnight

They're less frequent in the late evening and on weekends, so check the timetables at to be sure.

Riding Tips

Riding Tips
  • Arrive at your stop or station early
  • Stand back from the street or platform edge
  • Wave to the bus operator to stop
  • Wait for exiting passengers to leave, then board
  • Passengers using wheelchairs can ask for the operator's assistance to board and secure a spot on the bus
  • Secure your personal belongings
  • Please do not eat, drink, smoke or play loud music
  • Be alert while traveling and report any unusual activities by calling 888.950.SAFE (7233)
  • Please be ready to exit when you arrive at your stop
  • Make sure you have your belongings with you and exit using the rear door

Important Numbers

How to Ride: 323.GO.METRO
Customer Comments: 213.922.6235
Security/Emergencies: 888.950.SAFE
Wheelchair Lift Hotline: 800.621.7828
Lost and Found: 323.937.8920