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  • 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 see 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.

    • Ticket Types

      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.

      $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, 82, 83, 85, 86, 90, 91, 143, 153, 167, 188/A, 191/A, 193, 206, 211, 213/A, 410, 411, 430, 431*, 453, 454, 462, 463, 464, 472, 473, 480, 490, 543 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.

      * Seasonal only. Operates when Anaheim Ducks have home games.

      ** Additional fare may be required for express routes.

    • Fare Discounts

      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.

      Students
      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.

    • How to Buy

      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. Most TVMs accept cash and most major credit cards. Some TVMs accept credit/debit cards only. 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.

       

    • Using the TVM

      Ticket vending machines make train travel easy

      All Metrolink stations provide ticket vending machines (TVM'ss) for your ticket purchase. Most Metrolink TVM's accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, debit cards, and cash. Several TVMs accept credit/debit cards only. You can also purchase your tickets in advance, purchase multiple tickets at once, or use the quick ticket option to get your tickets faster.

      Six easy steps using the TVM
      Select origin and destination or "Special Ticket Option":
      Choose the station you are traveling from and your destination 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 the number of tickets you want:
      TVMs allow you to purchase multiple tickets, including tickets for Adults, Children, Seniors, and the Disabled.

      Select your payment option:
      Most Metrolink TVM's accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, debit cards, and cash. Several ticket vending machines accept credit/debit cards only.

      Insert cash or swipe your credit card:
      If you pay by debit card, enter your PIN and press "Enter." TVMs do not accept $100 bills.

      Take your ticket and receipt.
      Now you’re ready to ride!

      Duplicate Tickets
      To purchase several tickets for the same fare type and trip at once, speed up your transaction by using the "DUPLICATE TICKET" button on the TVM. Up to nine identical tickets may be purchased in one transaction using this button. To use:

      Select the ticket type and destination.

      Press the "DUPLICATE TICKET" button once for each additional ticket. The number of tickets you have selected and the total price will be displayed on the screen.

      Insert cash, credit or debit card to pay for tickets.

      Advance Purchase Tickets available
      For your convenience you can purchase one-way or round-trip tickets for a future day, up to 1 year in advance. All you need to do is select the advance purchase option and choose the date you wish to travel and the type of ticket you wish to purchase. Your advance ticket will have the date you purchased printed on it, but no expiration time. It can still be used at any time on the day you chose to travel.
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      Quick Ticket
      The Quick Ticket process assumes that a rider will be purchasing tickets for the same station pairs repeatedly using the same credit or debit card. To use the Quick Ticket option on any of our TVMs, you must use a credit or debit card to purchase your initial ticket choice. Each Quick Ticket purchase is automatically cleared through the bank that issued the credit/debit card to the patron. A ticket will not be issued if the bank does not authorize the purchase.

      Within six months of the initial purchase, you may go to any TVM and insert the same credit/debit card used for the initial purchase into the credit card reader. A message will appear "Retrieving records." Up to the last three ticket purchases made with that card within the last six months will be displayed.

      By pushing the button next to the ticket type that you wish to repurchase, the TVM will charge the card and issue an updated version of that ticket type. Quick Ticket reduces the time and effort required to purchase a ticket and reduces the chance of making an incorrect choice.

      For example, purchasing a monthly pass for the first time in January requires a minimum of seven different button choices. To purchase a February Monthly Pass, you simply insert your card into the TVM card reader. The TVM will automatically display the January Monthly Pass information (ticket type, station pairs, cost) next to a button choice. By pushing only one button, the TVM will charge your card and issue a February Monthly Pass. In the case of a debit card purchase, the TVM will require you to enter your debit card PIN number before the transaction can be completed.

      The Quick Ticket option is available with all ticket types.

      Riding Amtrak, no problem. You can buy your Amtrak ticket with the TVM!

      As a result of a partnership between Metrolink, Amtrak and Caltrans, TVMs at Metrolink stations from San Diego to San Luis Obispo have the ability to sell Amtrak tickets. This added convenience means you can use Metrolink to make your Amtrak connection.

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