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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. 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.

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 to fight, no parking hassles - it's time to enjoy the ride. Now here are some 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.

View Metro Airport Routes

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)

Burbank Bob Hope 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 $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


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