Go Metro and Metrolink to the 2023 Rose Parade, Rose Bowl game and Floatfest

The Tournament of Roses parade and Rose Bowl game between Utah and Penn State takes place on Monday, January 2, this year.

If you want to skip the traffic and parking hassles in Pasadena, Metro’s L (Gold) Line light rail train can be used to reach both the parade and game.

Metrolink — which provides regional rail service to the L.A. metro area — is also adding early morning trains to help riders get to the parade.

All the details on how to ride are below.

Getting to the Rose Parade



L Line rail service begins around 4 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 2, and the parade starts at 8 a.m. The top map shows the Metro Rail and Busway system. The bottom map shows the Rose Parade route and the L (Gold) Line.

The L (Gold) Line stations closest to the Rose Parade route are:

  • Del Mar Station (walk .3 miles north to the parade route on Colorado Boulevard)
  • Memorial Park Station (walk .2 miles south to parade route on Colorado Blvd.)
  • Lake Station (walk .4 miles south to parade route on Colorado Blvd.)
  • Allen Station (walk .4 miles south to parade route on Colorado Blvd.)

To plan your transit trip, we recommend using the Transit app.

A regular single-trip fare on Metro is $1.75 — or $3.50 round-trip —  and includes two hours of free transfers. More on how to pay fare below.

There is parking available at many Metro Rail stations. Some lots are paid, some are free — be sure to check here before arriving at the station. If you plan to park at Los Angeles Union Station in downtown L.A., it’s $8 to park for the day.

If riding from the East Los Angeles section of the L Line, the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station is closed due to construction of our Regional Connector project. A bus shuttle is running between Pico/Aliso Station and Union Station.

Metrolink — which provides regional rail service to the Greater L.A. area– is offering early-morning train service on Jan. 2 on five lines to help riders reach the parade; all the info you need is here. The $10 Metrolink Holiday Pass includes free transfers to the Metro buses and trains. Metrolink riders can transfer between Metrolink and the L Line at Union Station. Follow signs —  the L Line platform is adjacent to the Metrolink platforms.

Getting to the Rose Bowl Game

Take the L Line to Memorial Park Station in Pasadena; then it’s just a short walk to Parsons Parking Lot B for the free bus shuttle that drops you off next to the stadium. The shuttle service begins at 10 a.m. on Jan. 2 and runs until two hours after the game.

It’s also possible to walk to the stadium from the L Line’s Memorial Park Station. It’s about 1.5 to 2 miles each way (depending on which gate you enter the stadium) and downhill to the stadium and uphill on the way back.

Game day parking at the Parson’s lot is $45 and parking near the stadium starts at $50.

Getting to Floatfest via Metro

Floatfest take place after the parade — it’s a chance to see the floats closeup. Floatfest this year is on the afternoon of Jan. 2 fand all day on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Metro is running free shuttles between the L Line’s Sierra Madre Villa Station and Floatfest on both Jan. 2 and 3. Shuttles are free with to those with a Floatfest ticket but regular fares apply for L Line and Metro Bus lines serving Sierra Madre Villa Station.

For more Floatfest information and to purchase event tickets (only available online) please visit to https://tickets.sharpseating.com/p/tickets11/events/floatfest-a-rose-parade-showcase

Purchasing Metro Fare

Load your fare on a reusable TAP card which can be purchased at all Metro Rail and Busway stations.

Metro’s regular one-way fare is $1.75 and our day pass is currently $3.50 — which is good for all day. TAP cards cost $2. Some tips to speed your trip:

•Load your TAP card with $3.50 round-trip fare in stored value when starting your trip to avoid long lines at TAP vending machines after the event.

•Consider using the free TAP LA app that allows you to use your Android or iPhone as a TAP card. To get the app for Android phones, click here. To get the app for iPhones, click here.

•TAP cards cannot be shared; each person must have their own TAP card. Two children four and under can ride free with each paying adult.

More fare information can be found here.


•You can reach our security team by phone at 888.950.SAFE. Our Transit Watch app can also be used to report safety concerns and issues. If it’s an emergency, call 911.

•Face masks are not required but recommended on Metro buses and trains.

Social Media

We’re on Twitter at @metrolosangeles, on Facebook at @losangelesmetro and on Instagram at @metrolosangeles. If you’re headed to a Tournament of Roses event, share your pics with us!

We also have a separate feed on Twitter for service alerts at @metroLAalerts.