Riding the Valley Metro Light Rail Train in Phoenix

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

The Phoenix Valley Metro Rail, carrying an average of 48,000 passengers a day, runs from 19th and Dunlap Avenues in upper-central Phoenix to downtown Mesa and offers easy access to Arizona State University, Mill Avenue in Tempe, Sky Harbor International Airport, and downtown Phoenix. The connection from Sky Harbor Airport, the free PHX Sky Train, takes you to the 44th Street and Washington Metro Light Rail stop where you can continue on your journey using public transportation.

Valley Metro Transit

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

  • Valley Metro Rail
  • Local, Express and RAPID commuter bus service
  • Neighborhood circulators
  • Dial-a-Ride
  • Vanpool service
  • Online carpool matching system

The Valley Metro Rail system connects in with buses and other Valley Metro Transit services to provide a comprehensive public transportation system covering much of the Phoenix valley area.

Valley Metro Light Rail Fare

The Valley Metro Rail fare is the same as the Valley Metro bus fare. The full ​rate schedule includes individual ride tickets and pass information. Ticket prices (2019) are:

  • Local Bus and Light Rail: $2.00
  • Express/RAPID: $3.25

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): The pass 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: 1-Day - $4.00, 7-Day - $20.00, 15-Day - $33.00 and 31-Day - $64.00.

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 or if you are attending a class during a particular 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. 

Buying Valley Metro Rail Tickets and Passes

Options for purchasing Valley Metro Rail tickets:

  • Purchase your fare at transit centers or retail locations
  • Purchase your pass at the Valley Metro Rail station. Credit cards or cash are accepted.
  • 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. 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.

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