How Much Does It Cost to Ride the Train in Phoenix?

Buy a Ticket for Valley Metro Light Rail in Phoenix
Judy Hedding

The number of people riding the public transit system in the Phoenix area continues to grow. It isn't just because our population is still growing. As the price of gasoline becomes a significant factor in our budgets, and as the quality of valley air impacts our quality of life, people are changing their transportation habits. That means they are using more public transportation.

Valley Metro is the name of the regional transit system in the Phoenix metropolitan area. It is comprised of:

  • Valley Metro Rail
  • Local, Express and RAPID commuter bus service
  • Neighborhood circulators
  • Dial-a-Ride
  • Vanpool service
  • Online carpool matching system
  • Assistance to local businesses to help them meet the Maricopa County trip reduction goals

How Much Is the Light Rail Fare?

The Valley Metro Rail fare is the same as the Valley Metro bus fare. Here is the entire ​rate schedule.

If you ride the light rail or bus regularly, or you need to take more than one public transportation vehicle (combination of bus and rail) to get to your destination, you'll probably find that one of the following passes is the most economical:

All Day Pass ($4) - Can be purchased at any Valley Metro Rail station and can be used all day, from rail to rail or from bus to rail and back again. These work best if you typically don't ride light rail, but you will be doing so one or two days per month for special trips.

7, 15 and 31 Day Local Passes - 7, 15 and 31 Day Local Passes - Your multiple-day local pass will be valid for 7, 15 or 31 consecutive days after activation. They are activated on first use, not when you buy them. The 7-day passes are great for your visiting relatives (tips for new light rail riders), or if you are attending a class just this week, or your car will be in the shop for a few days. Days are defined as consecutive days, not business days. Seniors, youths, and the disabled receive reduced fares.


Here is the current fare schedule for all Valley Metro Rail options.

How Do I Buy Valley Metro Rail Tickets and Passes?

You can :

  1. Purchase your fare at transit centers or retail locations
  2. Purchase your pass at the Valley Metro Rail station. Credit cards or cash are accepted.
  3. A 1-ride fare purchased at a Valley Metro Rail vending machine is good only for light rail. It can't be used on a bus.
  4. The 1-ride fare receipt is valid for two hours and only for use in one travel direction.

Reduced fares for local service are available to youths ages 6-18, seniors 65 and over, and persons with a disability. Children 5 and younger may ride for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Kids ages 6 - 18 who can prove Tempe residency can ride for free all year long.

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

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