Paying for your train ride
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 be more than your trip from Fullerton to Irvine. To determine your exact fare, you can use the handy fare calculator.
Seniors and persons with disabilities receive 50% off One-Way and Round-Trip tickets and 25% 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).
All Metrolink stations have ticket vending machines (TVMs) and ticket validators on the train platforms to make ticket purchasing easy. Remember, you must have a valid ticket before you board the train, and must show your ticket to the conductor when requested. If you do not have a valid ticket, you will be subject to a citation and fine.
The right ticket for you
If you’re just going to 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.
Here are a few things to remember about your tickets:
1. You must purchase your ticket before you board the train, tickets are not sold on board the train.
2. You must show the conductor your valid ticket upon request, or you could be subject to citation and fine.
3. You can purchase your tickets and monthly passes from the self-service ticket vending machines (TVMs) found at all Metrolink stations.
4. Most Metrolink tickets are also EZ transit passes, good for all-day travel in Los Angeles County on participating bus and Metro Rail lines.
5. Metrolink tickets are non-refundable and non-replaceable.
Valid for a single one-way trip between the origin and destination station. One-way tickets are valid for 3 hours from time of purchase. Best for those who travel infrequently and plan to stay at their destination for more than one day.
Valid for a round-trip on the same day between the origin and destination station. Travel must begin within 3 hours from time of purchase, and end that same day. Ideal for infrequent travelers who complete their trip in one day.
Advance Purchase Ticket
You can now also buy one-way or round-trip tickets for a future date, 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 which ticket type you want. There is one difference between a ticket purchased for same-day travel and an Advance Purchase Ticket. The Advance Purchase Ticket will not have an expiration time printed on it but it is still valid and can be used at any time on the day you chose to travel.
The 7-Day Pass is available at all TVMs. The 7-Day Pass is good for seven consecutive days from the purchase date between a set origin and destination. The 7-Day Pass allows for customers to ride unlimited trips between an origin and destination station. The 7-Day Pass is priced at 7 one-way trips. Discounts apply for Senior/Disabled/Medicare (25% off) and Students (10% off). The 7-Day Pass is not available to purchase in advance.
$10 Weekend Pass
This pass is good for unlimited systemwide travel either Saturday or Sunday. The Weekend Day Pass is accepted for free transfers to connecting transit services, except Amtrak. The $10 Weekend Day Pass is available for purchase only on Saturday and Sunday.
Valid for unlimited travel between the origin and destination station during the calendar month printed on the pass. Monthly Pass holders also have the ability to ride any Metrolink train from Friday 7 p.m. through 11:59 p.m. Sunday all weekend long, anywhere in the Metrolink system for no additional charge.
For your convenience, you can purchase Metrolink Monthly Passes early. Monthly Passes are sold from the 25th of the current month to the 14th of the new month.
Passes are non-transferrable and non-refundable. Do not laminate, cut or photocopy.
Monthly Pass holders can also take advantage of the Rail 2 Rail® program, to ride both Metrolink and Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains between Oxnard and Oceanside at no additional charge.
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.