Orange County Transportation Authority

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Transferring To Connecting Transit Systems 

OCTA's bus passes are accepted by most connecting transit systems. An additional fare may be required. For information on what is accepted by connecting transit systems, please contact that transit system directly. For an automated phone system that allows you to connect to over 40 local bus, rail, rideshare, highway and other transportation agencies, including OCTA, you can also call 511.

Transferring to Long Beach Transit

  • Long Beach Transit honors an OCTA Day Pass for one transfer only on connecting routes.
  • OCTA Day Passes will not be honored on return trips originating on Long Beach Transit.

Transferring to Los Angeles Metro

  • Metro honors OCTA 30-Day Passes on Metro bus routes 62 and 460 that travel into Orange County or connect with OCTA buses. An additional fare may be required to travel on some Metro bus routes.
  • Metro Rail lines will not honor OCTA passes as a transfer. The customer must pay a full fare. 

Transferring to OCTA Buses From Connecting Transit Systems

OCTA will accept valid transfers from connecting transit systems at all transfer points. These transfers will be valid for one boarding only and have no value towards the purchase of a day pass. The driver will keep your transfer upon boarding an OCTA bus.

Additional fare for OCTA express buses 701, 721, 757, 758 and 794

  • Passengers transferring to Routes 701, 721 and 794 will need to pay an additional $4.00, or $4.25 for seniors and persons with disabilities with proper identification.
  • Passengers transferring to Routes 757 and 758 will need to pay an additional $2.00, or $2.75 for seniors and persons with disabilities with proper identification.

Transferring from Los Angeles Metro

  • Metro day passes cannot be used on OCTA buses, only monthly passes will be accepted.
  • OCTA will honor Metro monthly bus passes, MTA TAP and MTA TAP cards with EZ sticker at all bus stops along the line on the eleven OCTA routes that serve Los Angeles County (1, 30, 38, 42, 46, 50, 60, 701, 721, 757 and 758) or at bus stops where OCTA buses directly connect with Metro buses.
  • For MTA 460 transferring customers, OCTA will honor Metro monthly bus passes, MTA TAP cards, or Interagency Transfers for one boarding at the following locations:
    • Fullerton Park-and-Ride: Routes 25, 26, 33 and 35
    • Disneyland East Shuttle Area (on Harbor Blvd.): Routes 43 and 83
    • Magnolia Ave. stops between Orangethorpe Ave. and La Palma Ave. only
    • La Palma Ave. stops between Magnolia Ave. and Beach Blvd. only
    • Beach Blvd. stops between La Palma Ave. and La Mirada Ave. only
  • The Los Angeles County Regional EZ Pass is NOT part of this program.

Transferring from Riverside Transit Agency
OCTA will honor RTA one-day and 31-day passes on OCTA buses directly connecting with RTA route 216 and 794.

Metrolink and Amtrak Trains

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, 453, 454, 462, 463, 464, 472, 473, 480, 490 and 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.

Other Transit

Serves local, regional and national regions
(800) USA-RAIL (872-7245)

Anaheim Resort Transit
Serves the Anaheim and Anaheim Resort area
(714) 563-5287

Foothill Transit (FT)
Serves La Habra, Brea, San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys in LA County
(800) 743-3463

Irvine Shuttle
Serves the Irvine Business Complex area
(949) 72GOBUS (724-6287)

LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
Serves greater Los Angeles County area
(323) Go-Metro (466-3876)

Laguna Beach Municipal Transit Lines (LBMTL)
Serves Laguna Beach and Dana Point
(949) 497-0746

Transferring to Laguna Beach Municipal Transit: OCTA all day passes can only be accepted for a transfer at OCTA bus stops. These stops are posted with OCTA signs and LBMT signs located on Laguna Canyon, South Coast Highway, North Coast Highway and the Laguna Beach Depot.

Long Beach Transit (LBT)
Serves Long Beach, Signal Hill, Cerritos and Lakewood
(562) 591-2301

Metrolink Commuter Rail
Serves Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties
(800) 371-LINK (5465)

North County Transit District (NCTD)
Serves Oceanside, Escondido and San Clemente
(760) 966-6500

Norwalk Transit (NT)
Serves Norwalk, Cerritos, Bellflower, Santa Fe Springs and Whittier
(562) 929-5550

Omnitrans (OT)
Serves the San Bernardino Valley
(800) 966-6428

Riverside Transit Agency (RTA)
Serves Riverside County and the Village at Orange
(800) 800-7821