The iconic Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA is one of the most historical venues in the United States, having hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984, the FIFA World Cup final, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup final, among thousands of other sporting events and concerts.
Built in 1921, the Rose Bowl is still one of the biggest stadiums in North America and it is an extremely popular destination for sports fans in California, especially in the Los Angeles area.
Los Angeles is a big city and traveling there for an event at the Rose Bowl can seem intimidating if you are not from the area. To help you out, we’ve created a simple, yet complete, guide for traveling to the Rose Bowl that you can refer to when attending any show at the venue.
Here, you will find out the easiest way to travel to the Los Angeles area for cheap and find the best directions to the Rose Bowl using the city’s public transportation system.
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Directions to the Rose Bowl
The stadium (located at 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103) stands around 12 miles away from the main transportation center in LA.
When you arrive in Los Angeles, you may take advantage of the local Metro rail and bus service to arrive at the stadium.
Megabus, BoltBus and Amtrak Passengers
1. MegaBus and BoltBus coaches, as well as Amtrak trains, arrive at Union Station where passengers can directly transfer to Metro Rail’s Gold Line to get to the Rose Bowl Stadium.
2. Get off the train at Memorial Park station in Pasadena and then follow the stadium-branded signs for two blocks to the Rose Bowl Shuttle pick-up location at Parsons. This shuttle will take you directly to the Rose Bowl Stadium.
Here is the trip you’re going to take from Union Station to Memorial Park Station:
And below is a map of Metro’s Gold Line. You can check out the line’s schedule here.
3. Once you arrive at Memorial Park Station, follow the map below to either walk to the Rose Bowl or take the free shuttle.
1. Passengers arriving at the 7th Street Greyhound terminal will take the 60 bus towards Downtown LA & Sunset/Figueroa and get off at the 7th St/Hope St stop.
2. Then take a very short walk to the 7th Street / Metro Center station where you can hop on the subway’s Red Line or Purple Line going toward Union Station.
3. After that, follow the instructions above to reach Memorial Park station and then the Rose Bowl Stadium.
Check out the schedules for the Red Line and the Purple Line here.
About Metro Fares
LA’s Metro system operates using one-trip tickets or TAP cards that you can add money to and use to travel around town on the entire Metro network. One trip costs $1.75 and there are discounts for daily, weekly & monthly passes. We strongly recommend using a TAP card because that way you will be able to make free transfers between Metro’s buses, subway lines, and rail services!
You can find information about all fares here.
IMPORTANT: If you have to take the bus and you don’t have a TAP card, you will have to pay cash when you are boarding the bus. If that happens, you MUST have exact change for $1.75 because LA buses don’t accept credit cards and drivers can’t give you change!
Also, if you want information about what to do in LA while you’re in town to visit the Rose Bowl, check out our customized LA guide here.