Go Metro and Go Everywhere in LA

7th Street/Metro Center Station
7th Street/Metro Center Station | Photo: Metro

Studies have refuted the common perception that LA is a car-centric culture: In 2011, The Brookings Institution ranked Los Angeles at the top of its list of 100 metro areas offering public transportation to its carless residents. By riding Metro, locals and visitors alike can enjoy world-famous attractions and cultural gems throughout Los Angeles, which is why we invite everyone to skip the car and Go Metro!

NOTE: Hours and opening dates change frequently. Check individual websites for updated information.

Fare Capping

Use your TAP Card and earn free rides with Fare Capping, a new program introduced by Metro in July 2023. With Fare Capping, the more you ride, the more you save. You will never pay more than $5 in a day or $18 within seven days. Once you reach the 1-Day or 7-Day fare cap, rides are FREE! Frequent riders will benefit the most. For more info, visit the Metro website.

Pearl C. Hsiung, "High Prismatic" at Metro Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill Station
Pearl C. Hsiung, "High Prismatic" at Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill Station | Photo: Metro Art
Audrey Chan, "Will Power Allegory" at Metro Little Tokyo/Arts District Station
Audrey Chan, "Will Power Allegory" at Little Tokyo/Arts District Station | Photo: Metro Art

Regional Connector

In June 2023, Metro opened the Regional Connector, a 1.9-mile rail link that added three new underground Downtown LA stations, connecting riders along two new routes from Azusa to Long Beach, and East Los Angeles to Santa Monica.

  • Little Tokyo/Arts District Station - riders have easy access to historically rich and vibrant neighborhoods and cultural institutions.
  • Historic Broadway Station - features two nationally registered districts: the Broadway Theater District, with 12 original theaters within seven blocks; and Old Spring Street, known as the original Financial District of Downtown Los Angeles.
  • Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill Station - connects riders to Downtown LA’s performing arts institutions, museums, fine dining experiences and more.

With 7th St/Metro Center as the hub, these stations service the newly extended A Line (formerly Blue) and E Line (Expo), which now continue along the L Line (Gold) northern and eastern routes, respectively.

To view the new System Map, visit Metro's blog, The Source.

Highland Park Bowl
Highland Park Bowl | Photo: Wonho Frank Lee
Bruce Lee statue in Chinatown's Central Plaza
Bruce Lee statue in Chinatown's Central Plaza | Photo: @yagoddamnright, Instagram
The Metro A Line is now the longest light-rail line in the world.

A Line

Spanning nearly 50 miles from Azusa to Long Beach, the A Line opened as the Blue Line in 1990 and is the oldest line in the system. Following the completion of the Regional Connector project, the Metro A Line is now the longest light-rail line in the world.

Taking over the northern end of the L Line out of Union Station, the extended A Line starts in Azusa and features the Norton Simon Museum and Pacific Asia Museum at Memorial Park Station. The route continues through the hip Highland Park neighborhood and historic Chinatown, which in recent years has become a hotbed of modern eateries and underground art galleries.

"Kaiju vs Heroes" at the Japanese American National Museum
"Kaiju vs Heroes" Print by Brian McCarty | Photo: JANM
12-Piece Wagashi Mix at Fugetsu-Do in Little Tokyo
12-Piece Wagashi Mix | Photo: Fugetsu-Do

Highlights of the new Little Tokyo / Arts District stop include the Japanese American National Museum, Fugetsu-Do, Hauser & Wirth and Angel City Brewery.

Grand Central Market in Downtown LA
Grand Central Market in Downtown LA  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa
The Bradbury Building in Downtown LA
The Bradbury Building  |  Photo: Discover Los Angeles

Exit this new underground station and take a walk through time, with highlights along Broadway like the Grand Central Market, Bradbury Building and Million Dollar Theatre.

Walt Disney Concert Hall at sunset
Walt Disney Concert Hall at sunset | Photo: The Music Center
Yayoi Kusama, "Longing for Eternity" at The Broad
Yayoi Kusama, "Longing for Eternity," 2017 [detail]. Photo by Maris Hutchinson/EPW Studio. Image © Yayoi Kusama. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London/Venice; Yayoi Kusama Inc.

The third Regional Connector station takes riders to some of LA's most famous and acclaimed cultural destinations: The Music Center (including Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum), The Broad and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

Crypto.com Arena
Photo: crypto.com
Watts Towers in South Los Angeles
Watts Towers  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

After 7th St/Metro, the Pico Station offers convenient access to the massive L.A. LIVE entertainment complex, where you can experience world-class music concerts and sporting events at Crypto.com Arena and Microsoft Theater; visit the nearby Los Angeles Convention Center, or choose from a wide range of fine dining and casual eating options.

Heading south out of Downtown LA, you can visit the landmark Watts Towers from the 103rd Street Station. The Aquarium of the Pacific is located a short walk from the A Line's southern terminus at Downtown Long Beach (formerly Transit Mall Station).

The World-Famous Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood
The World-Famous Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa
Hollywood Bowl fireworks
Photo: Hollywood Bowl

B Line

Your journey along the B Line begins at the galleries of the NoHo Arts District, which can be found at the North Hollywood Station. Next, world-famous Universal Studios Hollywood and the shopping, dining and entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk Hollywood await visitors at the Universal City station.

The Hollywood/Highland Station drops you off in the heart of Tinseltown, where the Hollywood Bowl, TCL Chinese Theatre, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, the Walk of Fame and many more attractions are all within walking distance. Movie fans around the world know the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood as the home of the Oscars.

The station named after the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine takes you to the Pantages Theatre and the incredible Amoeba Music store, while the Hollywood/Western station delivers the dining adventures of Thai Town.

A DASH bus runs daily from the Vermont/Sunset Station and takes you directly to the wonders of the Griffith Observatory.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures viewed from Fairfax Avenue
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Photo by Joshua White, JWPictures/©Academy Museum Foundation
Young visitor at the La Brea Tar Pits Museum
Visitor at the La Brea Tar Pits | Photo: Natural History Museums of L.A. County (NHMLAC)

D Line

From the B Line’s Wilshire/Vermont station, you can transfer to the D Line. The highlight of Wilshire/Western is Museum Row, accessed via Metro Local 20: the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Petersen Automotive Museum, Craft Contemporary and the La Brea Tar Pits. The diverse options also include dining and shopping in Koreatown, and concerts at The Wiltern.

Angels Flight
Angels Flight
The Last Bookstore Book Tunnel
The Last Bookstore  |  Photo: Discover Los Angeles

Located above its namesake station, Pershing Square is a popular spot for seasonal events like holiday ice skating. Ride the Angels Flight funicular, get a bite at the historic Grand Central Market, or shop the huge collection of new and used books at The Last Bookstore.

Union Station entrance
Union Station entrance | Photo: Travis Conklin
Olvera Street Vendors
Olvera Street Vendors

The D Line ends at Union Station, where travelers can continue across the country to points north, south and east. Not far from Union Station is El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, site of the birthplace of what is now the city of Los Angeles. In addition to the monument’s museums and exhibits, bustling Olvera Street is popular for its array of merchants and Mexican dining spots.

Space Shuttle "Endeavour" at the California Science Center
Space Shuttle "Endeavour"  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa
LA Memorial Coliseum Official Photo 2023
Photo courtesy of LA Memorial Coliseum

E Line

Now expanded to 22 miles, the E Line begins at the Santa Monica Pier and heads east through West LA, Culver City and West Adams.

Located across Exposition Boulevard from the USC campus, Exposition Park is easily accessed from the E Line. Exposition Park is the home of world-class sports venues and cultural attractions, including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, BMO Stadium, California African American Museum, California Science Center and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Mariachi Plaza Festival
Mariachi Plaza Festival | Photo: Mariachi Plaza Festival Foundation Facebook

After the Regional Connector stations shared with the A Line, continue east along the new E Line extension to Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, where mariachi musicians have gathered since the 1930s, ready to be hired to play in restaurants, at private parties or community events.

View of Lake Park at SoFi Stadium
Photo: SoFi Stadium

C Line

Running from Redondo Beach in the southwest to Norwalk at its eastern end, the C Line offers a free shuttle at the Aviation/LAX Station that takes passengers to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). On Rams and Chargers game days, take the free shuttle to SoFi Stadium from Hawthorne/Lennox.

Rafiq (trumpet) and Sean “Doc” Johnson (piccolo) playing at The World Stage Thursday Jazz Jam Session
Rafiq (trumpet) and Sean “Doc” Johnson (piccolo) playing at The World Stage Thursday Jazz Jam Session | Photo: @driftingonareed, Instagram

K Line

Opened in October 2022, the Metro K Line serves the communities of West Adams, Jefferson Park, Baldwin Hills, Leimert Park, Hyde Park, Inglewood, Westchester and more. Dubbed the "Black Greenwich Village" by the late filmmaker John Singleton, the historic neighborhood of Leimert Park is widely regarded as the cultural hub for African Americans in LA.

The Metro Rail is part of a much larger public transportation system that services the Greater Los Angeles area. Nearly 200 different Local, Rapid, Express and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) bus lines travel to every neighborhood in LA and major destination, including state parks, area attractions and shopping districts. DASH Downtown provides almost 7 million passenger trips per year. Airline travelers can take the LAX FlyAway Bus from Union Station in Downtown LA, and Van Nuys in the San Fernando Valley.