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  • About Metrolink Fares and Passes

    All About Metrolink Fares

    Metrolink fares are based on where you start and end your trip using the shortest driving distance. For example, your trip from Fullerton to San Juan Capistrano would cost more than your trip from Fullerton to Irvine. To determine your exact fare, use the handy fare calculator.

    Metrolink offers many different types of tickets. For example, seniors and persons with disabilities receive 50 percent off one-way and round-trip tickets and 25 percent off monthly and 7-day passes. Metrolink is also family-friendly, with children ages 5 and under riding FREE with each fare-paying adult (limit three children per adult). Before heading out on your train trip, it’s always a good idea to check the Ticket Types section to see if you are eligible for a discount.

    Extra Benefits

    With your Metrolink ticket, most connections to local transit are free. For example, most Metrolink tickets are also EZ transit passes, good for all-day travel in Los Angeles County on participating bus and Metro Rail lines. Click here to learn more.

    How to Choose the Right Ticket

    If you’re traveling your destination and won’t be returning, the one-way ticket is your best option. If you’re returning by train or plan to ride several times, you can save by buying a round-trip ticket or 7-Day Pass. And if you will be riding Metrolink regularly, then the monthly pass is your ticket to great savings.

    How to Purchase Your Ticket

    Purchase your tickets and monthly passes from the self-service ticket vending machines (TVMs) found at all the Metrolink stations or through the Metrolink App. You can also purchase your ticket at Metrolink ticket windows located in the east and west portals of the Los Angeles Union Station. Tickets are not sold on board.

    • Non-refundable and non-replaceable, Metrolink tickets are sold at ticket-vending machines on station platforms.

      One-Way Ticket
      Valid for a single one-way trip between the origin and destination stations. One-way tickets are valid for three hours from time of purchase. One-way mobile tickets expire at 3 am following the date of purchasing. Best for those who travel infrequently and plan to stay at their destination for more than one day.

      Round-Trip Ticket
      Valid for a round-trip on the same day between the origin and destination stations. Travel must begin within three hours from time of purchase and end that same day. Round-trip mobile tickets expire at 3 am following the date of purchase. Ideal for infrequent travelers who complete their trip in one day.

      Advance Purchase Ticket
      One-way or round-trip tickets can be purchased up to one year in advance. Select the advance purchase option and choose your travel date and ticket type. Unlike a same-day travel ticket, an advance purchase ticket will not include a printed expiration time. Use it any time on the day you chose to travel.

      7-Day Pass
      Good for unlimited trips for seven consecutive days starting on the day of purchase between a set origin and destination, the 7-Day Pass is priced at seven one-way trips. Discounts apply for senior/disabled/Medicare (25 percent off) and students (10 percent off). It may not be purchased in advance.

      5-Day Flex Pass
      The 5-Day Flex Pass is available only on the Metrolink Mobile App. To purchase, riders choose their origin and destination stations, then select 5-Day Flex Pass from the ticket menu. Once the pass is purchased, riders will find five one-day passes in their Mobile App ticket wallet. On the day of travel, the rider simply activates one of the one-day passes before boarding; the activated one-day pass will expire at the end of the day. Each 5-Day Flex Pass is valid for 30 days, allowing riders the flexibility to choose when to use their individual tickets to travel.

      The 5-Day Flex Pass is valid for a 10 percent discount compared to one-way and round-trip ticket prices that can be used in conjunction with other reduced ticket types, such as student or senior passes.

      $10 Weekend Day Pass
      Available for purchase only on Saturday and Sunday, this pass is good for unlimited travel throughout the Metrolink system either Saturday or Sunday. The Weekend Day Pass is accepted for free transfers to connecting transit services, except Amtrak.

      Monthly Pass
      Valid for unlimited travel between the origin and destination station during the calendar month printed on the pass. For convenience, monthly passes are sold from the 25th of the current month to the 14th of the new month. As a special benefit and at no additional charge, monthly pass holders can ride any Metrolink train from Friday 7 p.m. through 11:59 p.m. Sunday all weekend long, anywhere in the Metrolink system. Also at no additional charge, monthly pass holders can ride both Metrolink and Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains between the stations paired on the ticket as part of the Rail 2 Rail® program.

      Metrolink and Amtrak Transfers
      Only OCTA buses that directly connect with Metrolink trains at or near rail stations will honor Metrolink tickets and passes. Only OCTA routes 1, 21, 24, 25, 26, 29, 38, 43, 47/A, 50, 53, 54, 56, 57, 59, 70, 71, 83, 85, 86, 90, 91, 143, 153, 453, 462, 463, 472, 473, 480, 543, 560 accept valid Metrolink tickets as full fare for travel to and from stations. A valid Metrolink ticket must be shown each time you board the bus; passengers must show a valid Metrolink pass or ticket, swipe a valid OCTA pass *, or pay the cash fare to board. Amtrak tickets cannot be used as transfers.

      * Additional fare may be required for express routes.

    • Enjoy the ride. Enjoy the discounts.

      Whether it’s to work, school or just for fun, the train can save you money. Simply pick the pass that’s right for you and start saving today.

      Youth (Ages 6 to 18)
      25% off Monthly Pass, 7-Day Pass, One-Way and Round-Trip tickets

      Child (Ages 5 and under)
      Three children ride free with an adult using a valid ticket - each additional child pays youth fare.

      25% off Monthly Pass, 7-Day Pass, One-Way and Round-Trip tickets
      Please present valid Student ID to the fare inspector upon request.

      Senior (Ages 65 and over)
      25% off Monthly Pass and 7-Day Pass
      50% off One-Way and Round-Trip tickets
      Please present photo ID with date of birth to the fare inspector upon request

      Persons with Disabilities/Medicare
      25% off Monthly Pass and 7-Day Pass
      50% off One-Way and Round-Trip tickets
      Please present proof of eligibility to the fare inspector upon request:

      • LA County Transit Operators Association ID card
      • Reduced fare ID card from other transit system
      • Medicare ID card
      • DMV placard ID card
      • LA County Access Services ID Card holders ride at no cost within Los Angeles County only
      (Please note: Effective March 1, 2012 "old" white ID cards will no longer be accepted on Metrolink trains)

      A Personal Care Attendant (PCA) is allowed to accompany a person with a disability without purchasing a ticket. The PCA must board and detrain with the person with a disability.
      For information on riding Metrolink with a service animal please review the information on ourAccessibility page.

      Active Military

      10% off One-Way and Round-Trip tickets
      Please present a valid Common Access Card (CAC) to the fare inspector upon request.

      School Group Travel  

      • Price $3.00 per student or chaperon round-trip or one-way
      • Minimum 1 chaperon per 10 students, maximum 1 chaperon per 5 students. 1 to 1 ratio permitted on students with disabilities. (All other adults must purchase tickets from TVM on day of travel).
      • NO transfers to connecting transit will be provided
      • Students ages 5 - 18 and/or attending K - 12 regardless of age
      • Minimum group size is 15
      • Reservations must be made six weeks prior to travel date at (800) 371-5465 (LINK)
      • Payment must be received 30 days prior to travel date
      • Weekend school trips not allowed
      • Limited space available

      Booking a School Group Trip

      Booking a school group trip on Metrolink is as easy as 1, 2, and 3!

      1. Call (800) 371-5465 (LINK) to make your reservation with Metrolink. Reservations must be made six weeks prior to travel.
      2. Send in payment 30 days prior to travel.
      3. Board the train with your valid travel voucher.

      Transferring to Metro  

      Looking to take your school group onto the Metro Rail or bus? Please call Metro’s student field trip reservation number at 213-922-4048. A separate reservation is required if you wish to transfer onto the Metro system.

      Recreational Group Travel

      • For groups of 15 or more persons, maximum 50
      • Round-trip tickets cost $12.00 per person plus a $2.50 processing fee per order, all ages, for same day travel
      • Final payment must be received three weeks prior to the trip date
      • Transfers to most municipal operators
      • Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance at (800) 371-5465 (LINK)
      • Limited space available during off-peak periods

      $10 Weekend Pass

      Metrolink offers a Weekend Day Pass for only $10. This pass allows for a rider to ride anytime, anywhere system-wide on Saturday or Sunday. This pass includes free transfers to connecting rail or bus, except Amtrak. Monthly pass holders ride free on weekends systemwide. The $10 Weekend Day Pass is available for purchase on Saturday or Sunday at ticket vending machines at any Metrolink station with weekend service. The $10 Weekend Day Pass can be purchased by selecting "Weekend Day Pass" on the home screen.

    • Purchasing tickets and passes is easy
      You have a number of choices for purchasing Metrolink tickets and passes.

      Mobile App
      Click here for information and how to download.

      You can simply purchase them at any station using the ticket vending machines (TVMs), or if you prefer to plan ahead, you can go to a ticket outlet or order by mail. 

      Here are more details on purchasing your next ride on Metrolink.

      Ticket vending machines
      Every Metrolink station has a ticket vending machine (TVM) allowing you to purchase your ticket or pass right on the spot. New ticket machines accept cash, credit and debit cards, Corporate Quick Cards and promotional codes for payment. Later this year, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Pay, and transit vouchers can be used to purchase tickets. For more information, visit our Using the TVM section.

      Ticket outlets
      You can pick up your Metrolink ticket or pass from several outlets throughout Los Angeles County. Please call to confirm which types of Metrolink tickets are available at each location.

      • Los Angeles Union Station 
        (800) 371-5465 (LINK)
        800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles

        Two ticket windows at Union Station offer all ticket types as well as the option to purchase tickets with a personal check or TransitCheck. Ticket windows are open 6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.

      • Diamond Bar* (909) 839-7045
        (City Hall) 21825 Copley Dr., Diamond Bar

      • Foothill Transit (800) 743-3463 - Please call to confirm which types of Metrolink tickets are available at each location.

        • Claremont - 200 W. 1st St. #B, Claremont (at the Claremont Depot)
        • El Monte - 3501 Santa Anita Ave., 2nd Floor
        • City of Industry - Puente Hills Mall, 1600 Azusa Ave., Space 571
        • Pomona - 100 West Commercial Ave
        • West Covina - 100 S. Vincent Ave., No. 200
      • La Puente* (626) 855-1500
        (City Hall) 15900 E. Main St., La Puente

      • La Verne* (909) 596-8700
        (City Hall) 3660 D St., La Verne

      • Los Angeles, Nuri's (213) 747-2520
        Transamerica Center 1149 S. Hill St., Los Angeles

      • City of Walnut* (909) 595-7543
        21201 La Puente Rd., Walnut

      *Sells to city residents only

      Pass by mail
      You can purchase your monthly pass from the convenience of home. Just download the Pass By Mail form and put in the mail. Remember, the form must be received before the 15th of the month to receive your pass by the 1st of the new month.


    • Ticket vending machines make train travel easy

      All Metrolink stations provide ticket vending machines (TVM's) for your ticket purchase. Metrolink TVM's accept cash, credit and debit cards, Corporate Quick Cards and promotional codes for payment. Later this year, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Pay, and transit vouchers can be used to purchase tickets.

      To begin your purchase, tap the screen to get started! Select “Buy Tickets” when prompted. You may also select to purchase a One Way Ticket, use your Corporate Quick Card or promotional code, or you can purchase a Special Event Ticket on this initial screen. The TVM has automatically selected your origin station.

      Select type of ticket:
      TVMs offer a variety of ticket types. The ticket best suited for you depends on how often you plan to ride Metrolink. Visit above section to view ticket options.

      Select destination:
      Choose the station you are traveling to. Verify your origin and destination stations when prompted. Tap “Next”.

      Insert your payment when prompted:
      Metrolink TVM's accept cash, credit and debit cards, Corporate Quick Cards and promotional codes. Use the pin pad to complete your purchase if you paid with a card.

      Take your ticket
      Now you’re ready to ride!

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