How Paying your Big Blue Bus Fare on TAP Can Save You Money


When you use a TAP card on Big Blue Bus, you will pay less for a one-way fare

Big Blue Bus offers a one-way fare price for TAP card users of $1.10, which is a $0.15 savings compared to the normal $1.25 fare. To enjoy the new fare, be sure to preload your TAP card with Stored Value. Cash users will continue to pay the regular $1.25 rate. All math aside, the bottom line is that by using a TAP card instead of cash you will pay a lower fare.

Using a TAP card is not just wallet friendly, it also offers convenience and security. It allows you to deduct exact fare amounts to expedite boarding time, while also making it easier to connect with other transit systems, such as Metro Bus and Metro Rail. Just TAP the card at the mobile validator as you enter, look for the green screen to verify that your card is valid and go!

TAP cards are available for purchase for a one-time fee of up to $2. You can load your TAP card by selecting the “Reload my TAP card” button, by phone (1.866.TAPTOGO), in-person at Blue: The Transit Store (1334 5th Street, Santa Monica), Ticket Vending Machines at any Metro Rail Station, or at TAP vendor locations in LA County.

To learn more about buying and loading your Big Blue Bus fare on TAP, visit:

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