Los Angeles Metro ticket machine

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The ticket machines are located at all Metro Rail and Los Angeles Metro Orange Line Orange Line stations. Ticket machines sell new TAP cards and add cash values or passes onto existing TAP cards.

A TAP card is required for boarding all Metro Rail trains and Orange Line buses, even for one way rides. For riders without a TAP card can get a card ($1 card fee will be added) along with a fare from the ticket machine (see picture here and here).


Step and step instruction is available here.


Available fares:

  • Regular one-way fares (One way fare with TAP card includes free transfers to other Metro Rail or bus lines up to 2 hours to make a one way trip.)
  • Senior or disabled one-ride fare
  • Regular Day Pass - includes express lines and Silver Line
  • 7-Day Pass
  • 30-Day Pass
  • Cash values (Valid to pay for other one way trips)

All passes begin on the day of first validation, not day of purchase.

Senior and disabled riders without a TAP card can get a regular TAP card from the machine and add one-way senior/disabled fare onto the card. Multi-ride passes require special senior and disabled TAP cards that are not issued from ticket machines.

After purchasing the TAP card, all riders need to validate the card at a reader or turnstile before boarding the train or bus. All Los Angeles Metro Rail Red Line Red Line Los Angeles Metro Rail Purple Line Purple Line and Los Angeles Metro Rail Green Line Green Line stations have turnstiles, along with some stations on the other lines. Most Los Angeles Metro Rail Blue Line Blue Line Los Angeles Metro Rail Expo Line Expo Line Los Angeles Metro Rail Gold Line Gold Line Los Angeles Metro Orange Line Orange Line stations have validators placed by the platform entrances instead of turnstiles. Riders without their cards validated are subject to citations.

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