Paying for Your Ride

Ventra® is the region’s fare payment system, which makes it faster and easier to board and pay. Ventra Transit Accounts can be loaded with value and passes using the Ventra App, cash, coins or bankcard at any Ventra vending machine, hundreds of Ventra retailers (payment types accepted may vary), or with credit/debit cards online and by phone. Find a Ventra retailer near you.  Ventra Cards can now be added to an Android device with Google Pay or iPhone or Apple Watch. You can buy new Ventra  Cards and disposable Single-Ride or 1-Day Tickets from every vending machine and retailers around the region.

 

contactless card apple google samsung payMetra calculates fare on distance, using a zone system. Check your zone on Metra's website to calculate the cost of your trip. You can buy tickets and passes using the Ventra App, at Metra station ticket booths, or on the train and pay the conductor for your fare (for an extra $5 service charge, except from a station at which no ticket agent or vending machine is available).

CTA and Pace

Cash is accepted on buses, no transfers are issued when paying in cash.

  Ventra Cash or Contactless
  Full Fare Reduced Fare** Cash Fare Cash Reduced**
 CTA "L" train fare $2.50* $1.25 $2.50* $1.25*
 CTA Bus fare $2.25 $1.10 $2.50 $1.25
 Pace Bus fare $2.00 $1.00 $2.25 $1.10
 Pace Premium Bus Fare $4.50 $2.25 $4.50 *$2.25
 CTA Transfers
Up to two additional rides within two hours
Free Free Free Free
 Pace Transfers
Up to two additional rides within two hours
 $0.30 $0.20 $0.30*** $0.20***

Pace Transfer to Premium Route
Up to two additional rides within two hours

$2.80 $1.45 $2.80*** $1.45***

*Load cash at ‘L’ stations onto a Ventra Card, personal contactless bankcard, or buy a Single-Ride ticket. Single-Ride Ventra Tickets cost $3, which provides up to 2 transfers within 2 hours and includes a limited-use media fee. Buy new Ventra Cards or Tickets at any Ventra Vending Machine. A special $5 fare applies when boarding the CTA Blue Line at O’Hare paying transit value or buying a Single-Ride Ticket (the special fare does not apply when using a pass to ride).

** Passengers with RTA-issued Reduced Fare permits and children ages 7 to 11. Children under 7 ride free with a fare-paying customer. Call the RTA at 312-913-3110 for more information about RTA Reduced Fare permits.

*** Transfer only available when paying with mobile pay or contactless card.

Visit transitchicago.com for CTA fare details.
Visit pacebus.com for Pace fare details.

Metra

Metra Mobile Tickets and Passes can be purchased using the Ventra App. Fares are based on distance traveled. The fare schedule below is for fares based on travel to/from downtown Chicago (Zone A). Under the Fair Transit South Cook pilot, all riders on the Metra Electric and Rock Island lines will be charged Metra’s reduced fare rates for all tickets.

Effective February 1, 2022.

  ZONE A ZONE B ZONE C ZONE D ZONE E ZONE F
One-way $4.00 $4.25 $5.50 $6.25 $6.75 $7.25
One-way reduced* $2.00 $2.00 $2.75 $3.00 $3.25 $3.50
Ten-Ride $38.00 $40.50 $52.25 $59.50 $64.25 $69.00
Ten-Ride reduced* $19.00 $19.00 $26.25 $28.50 $31.00 $33.25
  ZONE G ZONE H ZONE I ZONE J    
One-way $7.75 $8.25 $9.00 $9.50    
One-way reduced* $3.75 $4.00 $4.50 $4.75    
Ten-Ride $73.75 $78.50 $85.50 $90.25    
Ten-Ride reduced* $35.75 $38.00 $41.75 $45.25    

* Available only to riders with RTA-issued Reduced Fare permits, student ID or military ID.

Children

Children pay reduced fares on CTA, Metra and Pace based on their age. On CTA, children under 7 ride free with a fare-paying customer. On Metra and Pace, children under the age of 7 are not permitted to travel without a fare paying customer. 

  Ages 7-11 Under 7
CTA Reduced Fare* Free with fare-paying customer
Pace Reduced Fare   Free with fare-paying adult**
Metra Half Fare   Free with fare-paying adult***

* Children 6 years of age and younger traveling alone pay reduced fare
** Up to two children free per adult.
*** Up to three children free per adult; on weekends children age 7-11 are free

Metra Family Fares

The Metra Family Fares program allows up to three children, 11 years old and under, to ride for free with one fare-paying adult. This program is valid through Labor Day. See Metra.com for further details.

Military Fares 

CTA: Free, for active duty in uniform.  If you are on active duty but not in uniform, you must have a Military Service Pass in order to ride for free. 

Metra: Reduced Fare, with proper military identification indicating you are on active duty. Additional information is available on the Metra website

Pace: Free, for active duty in uniform.   

Students

CTA operates the Student Reduced Fare programs for children ages 7-20. Students obtain permits through their schools or on the CTA website. Many college and universities participate in the U-Pass program, which provides unlimited rides to full-time students. Find out if your school participates here.

Pace student reduced fares are valid weekdays for student travel to and from school activities. Pace provides the Campus Connection Pass for college students. This pass is valid for unlimited rides on Pace regular fixed route buses and On Demand every day of the week at any time of the day. Additional Pace student fare information is available on the Pace website.

Metra allows full-time students enrolled in an accredited grade school or high school to purchase a reduced one-way, 10-ride or monthly pass. Information on purchasing student tickets is available on the Metra website.

  Fare Valid Times Eligibility
CTA $0.75
Free transfer
5:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
School Days
Ages 7-20 with valid CTA Riding Permit 
Pace  Reduced Fare 5:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Weekdays 
Grade school and high school students.
Valid school ID needed with cash.
Metra  Half Fare 5:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.  Grade school and high school students.
Valid school ID needed when purchasing and using ticket.

Ventra Cards & Ticket

Passes Cost Description
New Ventra Card $5 Buy new Ventra Cards or Tickets at any Ventra Vending Machine. Load cash at 'L' stations onto a Ventra Card, personal contractless bankcard, or buy a Single-Ride ticket.
CTA Single-Ride Ventra Ticket $3 Single-Ride Ventra Tickets provide up to 2 transfers within 2 hours and include a limited-use media fee.
CTA Single-Ride Ventra Ticket at O'Hare $5 A special $5 fare applies when boarding the CTA Blue Line at O'Hare paying transit value or buying a Single-Ride Ticket (the special fare does not apply when using a pass to ride)
CTA 1-Day Ventra Ticket $5 Available at any Ventra Vending Machine
CTA 3-Day Ventra Ticket $15 Available at Ventra Vending Machines at O'Hare and Midway

CTA and Pace Passes

Passes offer unlimited rides on CTA and/or Pace when activated with first use. Loaded onto a transit account or contactless bankcard.

Passes Full Reduced*
1-Day CTA Pass  $5 ---
3-Day CTA Pass  $15 ---
7-Day CTA Pass  $20 ---
7-Day CTA/Pace Pass $25 ---
30-Day Pace Pass $60 $30
30-Day Pace Premium Pass $140 $70
30-Day CTA/Pace Pass $75 $35

* Available only to riders with RTA-issued Reduced Fare permits.
Visit transitchicago.com for CTA fare details.
Visit pacebus.com for Pace fare details.

Metra Passes

Metra offers two types of Monthly Unlimited Ride Passes.  

Metra Super Saver Monthly Pass 

Metra is now offering a special monthly pass on a three-month pilot basis.  The Super Saver Monthly Pass is valid for unlimited travel on Metra lines throughout the Chicago area, on any line at any time, and is available through Metra ticket agents and on the Ventra App.  Full-fare passes will cost $100, while reduced-fare passes will cost $70.   

Under the terms of the Fair Transit South Cook Pilot, riders on the Metra Electric and Rock Island lines will pay the reduced fare rate, with the provision that such passes are valid only on those two lines.  This reduced rate also applies to fares for senior citizen, US military, and K-12 students.  See metra.com for further details.  

Metra Monthly Pass

The schedule below is for price of the Monthly Unlimited Ride Pass which are based on travel to/from downtown Chicago (Zone A). Under the Fair Transit South Cook pilot, all riders on the Metra Electric and Rock Island lines will be charged Metra’s reduced fare rates for all tickets. 

Effective February 1, 2022.

  ZONE A ZONE B ZONE C ZONE D ZONE E ZONE F
Monthly $116.00 $123.25 $159.50 $181.25 $195.75 $210.25
Reduced monthly*  $70.00 $70.00 $96.25 $105.00 $113.75 $122.50
  ZONE G ZONE H ZONE I ZONE J    
Monthly $224.75 $239.25 $261.00 $275.50    
Reduced monthly* $131.25 $140.00 $157.50 $166.25    

* Available only to riders with RTA-issued Reduced Fare permits.

Visit Metra's website to view the Full Fare Chart.

Metra Day Passes 

The $6 Day Pass is valid for unlimited travel within one to three fare zones all day until 3 a.m. the next morning. 

The $10 Day Pass is good for unlimited rides on all Metra lines all day until 3 a.m. the next morning. 

Passes can be purchased only in the Ventra app and expire seven days after purchase.  See Metra’s website for details. 

Metra Weekend Passes

The $7 Saturday or Sunday Day Pass is good for unlimited rides on either Saturday or Sunday. In addition, the $10 Weekend Pass (available on the Ventra app only) is good for unlimited rides on both weekend days. Either pass can be used in conjunction with Metra's Family Fares. Not valid for travel on the South Shore (NICTD).

CTA/Pace Regional Connect Pass

Holders of the Super Saver pass can also purchase the Regional Connect Pass, offering unlimited rides on CTA and Pace, with no time or day restrictions, for an entire month.  Cost to Super Saver pass holders is $30. See transitchicago.com and pacebus.com for further details. 

 

NICTD (South Shore Line)

South Shore Line fares are based on distance traveled. There are four basic ticket types: One-Way, 10-Ride, 25-Ride, and Monthly tickets. Reduced Fares are available for Senior Citizens and Customers with Disabilities. Please note that Metra Tickets and Passes are not valid on South Shore Line trains. Visit mysouthshoreline.com for NICTD fare options and details.