The Los Angeles Metro is affordable, relatively easy to use, and services most of Los Angeles County and its top attractions. The public transit system consists of Metro Buses, DASH Buses, and Metro Rail Trains. To ride these, we recommend purchasing a reusable TAP Card. These are easily available at TAP machines located within the bus or subway stations. You can load a preset cash value onto the card and travel across all three systems as needed. It's also super easy to add extra cash to your TAP Card. Use the MTA’s Trip Planner tool to plan your trip routes and get estimated travel times.

How to Get Around Los Angeles

1. provides a planner for you to get around Los Angeles. They offer a Trip planner that will help you get form point A to point B and back, with detailed instructions to ensure you find your destination! They also provide the bus and metro schedules to help you plan your commute around LA!


This site is great in helping you get around Los Angeles! They offer a link to Metro Trip Planner (from the site above), a tool that will help generate detailed instructions on how to get to and from your destination. 

The Go Metro Los Angeles App is a pretty nice tool to help you get around the city while you are on the go.

To help learn about all the metro lines in LA check out this link:


The LADOT (Los Angeles Department of Transportation) is a well-rounded resource to help you figure out how to plan your trip around LA. Whether you want take public transportation, grab a taxi, use shared mobility (i.e. bike share), or you just need help finding parking.


This site provides real-time arrival information for the Downtown DASH, Community DASH routes and LADOT Commuter Express Services. To see a listing of routes, click one of the links above to visit the live map or live arrival times from your desktop computer.

How to Buy and Reload Your TAP Card

You'll want to get a TAP Card to help you get around LA. You can find a vending machine at your nearest metro station to either purchase a TAP card for $2 or reload it.

If you already have a TAP card and just need to add money into it, you can create an account online and enter your TAP Card number into the system to reload it.

You can use the TAP card at any bus or metro station. You just simply TAP-TO-GO! 

If you have an IPhone or Apple Watch you can download the TAP App to ride throughout LA County.


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