• Getting Started
  • Airport Routes
  • Special Events
  • Station Connections

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.

Use the Metro Trip Planner to plan your trip

Schedules of transit to/from the airport

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Long Beach Airport (LGB)

Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR)


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 $2. 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


Busway Connections

Connecting service information for stations along transitways.

Metro Orange Line Connections
North Hollywood Connections

El Monte Station Connections
Cal State LA Connections
LA County + USC Med Center Connections
Union Station Area Connections
Union Station Bus Services

Harbor Transitway Connections
Harbor Transitway Bus Services

Rail Connections

Connecting service information for Metro Rail stations.

Metro Red Line

Union Station Area Connections
Union Station Bus Services
Civic Center Connections
Pershing Square Connections
7th St/Metro Center Connections
Wilshire Boulevard Connections
Vermont Avenue Connections
Hollywood Boulevard Connections
Universal City/Studio City Connections
North Hollywood Connections

Metro Purple Line

Union Station Area Connections
Union Station Bus Services
Civic Center Connections
Pershing Square Connections
7th St/Metro Center Connections
Wilshire Boulevard Connections
 

Metro Gold Line

Central Pasadena
San Gabriel Valley Connections
Union Station Area Connections
Union Station Bus Services
Northeast LA Connections
East LA Connections

Metro Expo Line

7th St/Metro Center Connections
Pico/Washington Bl Connections
Exposition Park & USC Area Connections
Exposition Bl/Culver City Connections
West LA Connections
Downtown Santa Monica Connections

Metro Blue Line

All Connections
7th St/Metro Center Connections
Willowbrook Connections
City of Compton Connections

 

 Metro Green Line

All Connections
Norwalk
Willowbrook Connections
LAX Airport Area Connections
Redondo Beach Connections

Connections in other areas

Connecting service information for selected locations.


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