Metro will offer free rides on bus and rail from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Metro will be offering free service on all bus and rail lines on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve so everyone can get home safely during the holidays.

No fare will be collected during the following times:

  • Friday, Dec. 24, starting at 9 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 25, at 2 a.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, starting at 9 p.m. through Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, at 2 a.m.

All Metro Rail stations with fare gates will be unlatched, and fare boxes and validators will not deduct fare from TAP cards and fare media.

Please note that there will be no overnight or enhanced rail service on Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve. Normal weekday bus and train schedules and service levels will be in effect. Trains will run approximately every 20 minutes after 8 p.m., and last trains will depart around midnight.

Metro will run on Sunday/holiday schedule on Christmas Day and on New Year’s Day, with added capacity on the L Line (Gold) on Jan. 1, 2022 for those heading to the Rose Parade or Rose Bowl game.

After the parade, floats are displayed near Victory Park in Pasadena. On Jan. 1, shuttle service from Sierra Madre Villa Station to the Post Parade viewing area runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Jan. 2, shuttle service from the station to Post Parade Park will begin at 7 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.

For updated schedules, see our timetables.

Metro Bike Share will also be offering free rides for the holidays from Dec. 24, 2021, to Jan 2, 2022. To redeem your 30-minute free ride, just select ‘1-Ride’ at any Metro Bike Share kiosk, online or in the Metro Bike Share app. You can redeem free rides multiple times throughout the day using promo code 010122.

A credit or debit card is required. The first 30 minutes of all rides are free. Rides longer than 30 minutes are just $1.75 each additional half-hour. Electric Metro Bike unlocking fees are waived. Temporary credit card holds and Smart Metro Bike convenience fees will apply.

We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday, and a bright beginning to 2022!

6 replies

  1. “ Please note that there will be no overnight or enhanced rail service on Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve. Normal weekday bus and train schedules and service levels will be in effect. Trains will run approximately every 20 minutes after 8 p.m., and last trains will depart around midnight.”

    Please don’t ignore this request, you’re silence is the reason why so many people have so many issues with the system.

    Why is there no overnight service this year? Don’t forget we, the taxpayers, are ultimately funding the system so forgive me for stating that we are entitled to know about this.

    • Also, the fact that trains run every 20 minutes after 8 pm at all, when so many other light / heavy rail systems across North America run more frequently than that, is itself evidence that Metro STILL just doesn’t get it. It’s a completely arbitrary choice by Metro to run at those headways and is no doubt misguided. In Seattle, for example, Link light rail runs every 15 minutes at the very least, during all operating hours, never 20 minutes. The CTA in Chicago runs trains at never more than 15 minutes as well except on the 2 small outer branches of the green line. 15 minutes max between trains seems to be the norm and Metro is still choosing to run at these inferior headways. It’s not like were just talking about Sunday service after 10 pm or something. Were talking about every day of the week after 8 pm… C’mon, Metro. C’mon. Get it together.

      • Come to think of it, the ONLY time I waited for 20 min for a Late Night train was the Osaka Loop which is the last train that departs at 12:20am, all other times it was 2 to 10 min wait MAX. Outside of that, waiting 10 min for a train after 8pm and 15 min after 10pm was actually normal, Seattle included.

        It’s almost like Metro itself enjoys seeing itself fail. It really is time for the state to create an agency like Metrolink, or in fact have Metrolink take over rail operations in So Cal. Enough of these idiotic decisions that do not serve the city and bounded by county lines.

  2. On the transit app there’s an announcement saying bus is free on December 24th and December 31st after 9pm. But isn’t it free until January 10th anyway? Thanks.

  3. At least your not in the Valley where there’s no rail or light rail within the area to get around..orange (g) line is a joke, between Desoto & Woodley it runs right next to Victory and its faster to take the Victory bus!! Not only that but it only serves half the valley and doesnt go anywhere near the northeast sector-sylmar, pacoima, lake view terrace, arleta, sun valley, panorama city, north hills, mission hills, granada hills, etc..ironically most of those areas are the more economically challenged areas where MORE people rely on public transportation. The orange line was the citys $10 million “solution” to the 101 Thousand oaks-Downtown traffic issue..Hello??? anyone been on the 101 lately? Its bumper to bumper 24/7 and meanwhile theres millions of people in east valley who are screwed because they cant get anywhere!! i live right off the 405/118 and could get to downtown la or lax in 30 min with no traffic yet it takes an HOUR to get to the nearest subway station..WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE???