A newbie’s guide to riding Metro to the Coliseum, Convention Center, DTLA and many other popular places


With the ongoing closure of the 10 freeway in downtown L.A. due to fire damage, we know many of you have begun riding Metro and public transit for the first time — or want to give us a try.

Welcome aboard! While the circumstances may not be ideal, we’re very happy to have new riders and show you how to get around Los Angeles while avoiding the hassles of traffic and parking. See the above map + video!

We serve many destinations very close to the 10 freeway closure: the L.A. Auto Show at the L.A. Convention Center; Kings, Clippers and Lakers games at Crypto.com arena; this weekend’s UCLA-USC game at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum; LAFC at BMO Stadium, and; the many cultural offerings in Exposition Park and DTLA. See the list below for destinations and stations to use.

Here’s an easy guide on how to get started riding:

Plan Your Trip

It’s easy to get transit directions online. To plan your transit trip we recommend using Google MapsApple Maps, the Transit app, the Moovit app or visit www.metro.net.

We run light rail trains (our A, C, E and K Lines), a subway (the B and D Lines), two busways (the G and J Lines) and many local bus routes — the orange or red buses. Our rail and busway map is above. Scroll down for a more detailed map of all L.A. County transit lines.

Parking at our stations

We offer paid (usually $3 a day) or free parking at many of our rail/busway stations. Here’s the list.

Pay your fare

It costs $1.75 regular fare for a one-way ride on Metro buses or trains. That includes two hours of free transfers. Roundtrip is $3.50. To pay your fare you will need a plastic TAP fare card. TAP cards can be purchased from machines at Metro rail/busway stations for $2 plus the cost of your fare. All our fare info is here. You can also download our TAP app and use your smartphone as a TAP card; info here. Pro tip: it’s $5 for unlimited daily rides and $18 for unlimited 7-day rides. Load your TAP card with enough money and we’ll cap your fare when you reach $5 or $18.


Your safety is our top concern. On our system you’ll see law enforcement officers, Metro’s Transit Security Officers, the Metro Ambassadors who are here to help you navigate our system, as well as outreach staff to help people in need of social services. If you need Metro security, call 888.950.SAFE (7233) or use the free Transit Watch app to text security. In an emergency, call 911.

Metrolink Regional Rail

Metrolink’s regional rail trains offer alternate routes into DTLA from the San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, Orange County, the Inland Empire and Ventura County (see map at right). Click here to visit Metrolink’s website. Metrolink’s hub is Los Angeles Union Station in DTLA — where you can easily connect to Metro’s A, B and D Line trains, as well as our J Line, many local bus lines and Amtrak. Metrolink tickets are good for fares on Metro and most other local bus systems.


This is just the short list of places easy to reach on Metro:

•To ride to this Saturday’s UCLA-USC football game at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum take our E Line train to either Expo Park/USC or Expo/Vermont Stations — both are a very short stroll to the stadium. You can also take the J Line to 37th St/USC Station — about a 10-minute walk to the Coliseum.

•To reach the L.A. Auto Show at the L.A. Convention Center, ride our A Line train or E Line train to Pico Station — which is one block away from the Convention Center.

•To reach Crypto.com for Clippers, Kings and Lakers games and L.A. Live, ride the A or E Line to Pico Station — it’s a one block walk to the arena and L.A. Live.

•To reach the many cultural offerings on Grand Avenue — including the Broad, Disney Concert Hall and the Music Center — take the A or E Lines to our new Grand Avenue Arts/Bunker Hill Station.

•To reach Grand Central Market and Broadway in DTLA, take the A or E Lines to our new Historic Broadway Station.

•To reach Little Tokyo and the Arts District in DTLA, take the A or E Lines to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.

•To reach Chinatown, take the A Line to Chinatown Station.

•To reach the Civic Center — including the courthouses, City Hall, the County Hall of Administration and Grand Park — take the B/D Lines to Civic Center/Grand Park Station.

•To reach Pershing Square, take the B or D Line subway to Pershing Square Station.

•To reach the heart of DTLA at 7th and Flower, take the A, B, D or E Line trains to 7th/Metro Center or take the J Line bus.

•To reach SoFi Stadium for Chargers and Rams games, take our C Line train to the Hawthorne/Lennox Station. From there, you can board our free SoFi Stadium bus shuttle that runs to the stadium and back.

•To reach Hollywood Boulevard destinations, take the B Line subway to either Hollywood/Highland or Hollywood/Vine stations.

•To reach Leimert Park, take the K Line to our new Leimert Park Station.

•To reach Universal Studios, take the B Line subway to Universal/Studio City Station.

•To access the beach, you can take the E Line to Downtown Santa Monica Station or the A Line to either the Downtown Long Beach or 1st Street Stations.

Finally, please follow Metro on social media and don’t be shy about sharing a post on your journey! You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. We also post service alerts to this Twitter stream.



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4 replies

  1. I’ve lived and worked in DC and NYC, always used mass transportation. Many Angelenos ONLY KNOW CARS.
    There’s so much more you could/should do to get folks out of their cars, not only during this crisis but for the future! Contact me ASAP to learn WHAT!
    Carol Hall
    (323) 646-4150- cell

    • I think it’s sad because we’re not ready for the Olympics we’re not ready for all these events it’s not safe to take the train or buses if you’re more homeless people attacking people on the blue line the red line and the goal line and the security want to be they didn’t do nothing about it it’s like whatever you’re on your own and it’s up against I work in Long Beach and go visit my husband a city of the valley and it’s complicated and it’s impossible to get around sometimes I got to look for a backup plan because everybody’s so rude and pushy and nobody cares which detour and don’t tell you what’s going on with the train system