How to Buy and Reload a TAP Card

Buy a card. Reload it again and again for faster, safer boarding.

Convenient Ways to Buy and Reload

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On a smartphone and smartwatch

Use the TAP app for iPhones and Android phones. Fare is ready to use immediately.

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At a TAP vendor

Buy and reload at hundreds of locations in LA County. Fare is ready to use immediately.  Find a TAP Vendor.

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At a TAP Vending Machine (TVM)

TVMs are located at Metro rail stations. Fare is ready to use immediately.  Find a TVM.

At a bus farebox

Reload fare onboard Metro and select TAP agency buses. Check your local agency for details. Fare is ready to use immediately.

Online at

Sign in or create a TAP account.  Check fare availability below.

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Call TAP Customer Service

Call TAP Customer Service at 866.TAPTOGO (866.827.8646). Check fare availability below.

Transit Fare Availability

When you buy fare online or by calling TAP Customer Service, your fare is ready to use after the wait time stated.

  • Bus Farebox - Up to 1 hour
  • Bus Mobile Validator - Up to 30 minutes
  • Rail Station Gate and Validator - Up to 1 hour