Students (K-12)

Reduced Fare rates for students only apply if you qualify and receive a Reduced Fare TAP card. Sign up today.

How much does it cost for Students (K-12)?

30-Day Pass$7
LIFE 30-Day Pass (low-income)$14
  • Fare payment with TAP includes 2 hrs of unlimited transfers to Metro rail and bus in one direction (no roundtrips).
  • Add’l 75¢ charge for the Silver Line and the Express Bus Lines 442 , 460 , 487 , 489 , 501 , 550 , and 577
  • Add’l 50¢ charge for a transfer to non-Metro buses within 2.5 hrs.
  • If using cash, please have exact fare when you board the bus. Metro bus operators do not carry change.
  • Two children under age 5 may travel free with each fare-paying adult on bus or rail.
  • Eating, drinking or smoking is not permitted in Metro stations, buses or trains.
  • Warning: Failure to pay the proper fare is a violation of Section 640 Penal Code and may result in a fine up to $250 and 48 hours community service.
  • 30-Day Pass: Valid for 30 consecutive days from the first tap. Expires at 3am on the day following expiration. Add’l charges apply to ride: Metro Silver Line, Metro Express Buses.
  • 30-Day + Zone 1 Pass: Ride Metro for 30 consecutive days from the first tap. Includes: All Metro Services

Colorful Metro TAP Card with customer photoTAP is a reloadable fare card that offers the most convenient and flexible way to pay your fare on Metro bus and rail.  It is also valid for travel with 25 transit agencies across LA County. Load, Tap and Go! Learn how to TAP.

How to get a Reduced Fare TAP card

  • Gather all the requirements and apply online. Student K-12 TAP cards will be mailed to eligible applicants within 20 business days after verification has been completed.
  • Online Application for Students (K-12)

How to Pay

A TAP card costs $2 plus fare and includes transfers to Metro rail and bus. For additional TAP questions please visit or call 866.827.8646.


Exact change is accepted on buses that do not have All-Door Boarding. Transfers are not included.

To ride Metro Rail, you must pay with a TAP card.

Additional ways for Students (K-12) to save when riding Metro

If you frequently ride Metro in combination with other transit systems, EZ Pass could provide additional savings. EZ Month Pass (zone 0) = $110 + $22 per add’l zone

Metro’s Rider Relief Program is now the LIFE (Low-Income Fare is Easy) program. Qualifying riders can save even more on fares on Metro and participating transit systems with LIFE benefits.