Bikes on Transit

CTA and Pace Buses

CTA and Pace provide bus service throughout the Chicagoland region. Bicycles are welcome and ride free on front-loaded bus racks at all times with a paying customer.

  • Buses carry only two bicycles – first-come, first-served basis.
  • Bicyclists load their own bike. When exiting, remind the driver that you need to unload your bike.
  • Folding bikes are permitted onboard.

CTA Trains

Bicycles are permitted on CTA trains every day except during weekday rush periods (7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Bicycles are not allowed on certain days when trains are expected to become very crowded, such as July 4, or otherwise when trains have become full/crowded. Please follow station or train crew instructions.

  • Bicycles ride free.
  • Ask CTA staff to open the accessible gate to enter the station.
  • Only two bicycles are allowed per rail car.
  • Folding bikes are permitted onboard the train.
  • Bike racks are at or outside most CTA 'L' stations.

Metra Trains

Bicycles are permitted on weekday trains arriving in Chicago before 6:31 a.m. and after 9:30 a.m. and leaving Chicago before 3:00 p.m. and after 7:00 p.m. and on all weekend trains with exceptions.* Small folding bicycles in protective covers are permitted on all trains.

  • No additional fee for bikes.
  • Three (3) bicycles are permitted in the priority seating area of each accessible diesel rail car – two in each electric rail car.

Accessible cars are indicated by wheelchair image next to the door – Standard bicycles will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Bring a bungee cord to secure your bicycle to the lower rail of the folding seats in the accessible seating area.
  • Train crew will make final decisions regarding the ability to accommodate bicycles on each train.

*As a reminder, Metra reserves the right to prohibit bicycles if coaches are crowded or access is impeded, and makes no assurances that space will be available for bicycles.

South Shore

For safety reasons bicycles are prohibited except folding or disassembled bicycles carried onboard in a bag or container expressly designed for such purposes and safely stowed in the overhead luggage racks.


Bicycles must be checked as luggage on Amtrak trains, with the exception of local trains on routes between Chicago and Galesburg-Quincy; Chicago and Springfield-St Louis and between Chicago and Champaign-Carbondale. On these trains, passengers may carry their bicycles onboard and tie them down. Reservations are required. There is a $10 fee and space is limited. In Illinois you can take bikes on the Illini, Saluki, Lincoln Service, Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandberg.