Pro Tip: Ride MetroLink, Avoid Traffic and CongestionReturn to Blog
At the same time the weather starts to heat up, so does the St. Louis region – with events and activities kicking into gear in downtown, Forest Park, along the riverfront and all across the bi-state area. MetroLink is a great way to enjoy springtime fun without dealing with traffic and parking.
Here are some quick pointers if you’re new to riding or it’s been awhile since your last trip:
Plan Your Trip
Check out our online MetroLink schedules, or download the Transit app to your mobile device to get access to trip-planning support, schedules, nearby transit options and other information – all in the palm of your hand.
You can also contact Metro Transit Information for assistance, available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 314-231-2345 (phone), at 314-207-9786 (text) or by clicking the red webchat icon in the lower right of this page.
You can park your vehicle at any of the more than 10,000 spaces available at 21 free Metro Park-Ride lots at MetroLink stations in Missouri and Illinois, and then hop on the train and leave the “driving” to us.
Buy Your Ticket
A one-ride ticket on MetroLink is just $2.50 and can be purchased at Ticket Vending Machines located at every station. If you plan on combining your MetroLink ride with a trip on MetroBus, purchase a two-hour pass for $3 and get unlimited use of MetroLink and MetroBus for two hours.
Double check your ticket to make sure it has a time stamp, and if it doesn’t, insert it in one of the red validation machines located at all MetroLink station platforms.
Enjoy Your Trip
Once you’ve boarded, take a seat, watch for your stop and enjoy the ride.
Remember – MetroLink operates two lines: the Red and the Blue. The Red Line provides service between Lambert Airport in Missouri and the Shiloh-Scott MetroLink Station in Illinois. The Blue Line provides service between the Shrewsbury and the Fairview Heights MetroLink Station in Illinois.
You can determine the direction and line of a MetroLink train by looking for the red or blue signs located on the front and sides of the train cars.
MetroLink operators will announce each upcoming MetroLink station, and system maps are located in every car.