CTA Fares & Tickets

Note: New fares are effective Sunday, January 7. – See also: 2018 Budget Q&A

Fare chart

eff. Jan. 2018
(as deducted from transit value loaded into in a Ventra transit account)
Full Reduced Student
'L' train fare $2.50* $1.25 $.75
Bus fare 2.25 1.10 .75
Transfer (up to 2 additional rides within 2 hrs) .25 .15 .15
(load onto Ventra transit account)
Full Reduced  
CTA 1-Day Pass $10    
CTA 3-Day Pass 20    
CTA 7-Day Pass 28    
CTA/Pace 7-Day Pass 33    
CTA/Pace 30-Day Pass 105 $50**  
OTHER FARES Full Reduced Student
'L' train fare from O'Hare
Deducted on entry at O'Hare station, only.
$5 $1.25 $.75
Bus fare with cash on bus
Fare applies if using cash/coins directly at farebox when boarding. (Transfers are not available.)
2.50 1.25 .75
Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG)
Fare applies if using personal contactless bankcard directly at reader when boarding buses or trains, if you haven't first added sufficient Ventra Transit Value or pass to card at vending machines.
2.50* 1.25  
Metra Link-up Pass
Valid weekdays on CTA (6:00am-9:30am & 3:30pm-7:00pm) and on Pace (any time). Pass sold by Metra, use with Metra Monthly Ticket.
128 Soldier Field Express
Round-trip fare.
(dollar bills/
coins or
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coins or


New Ventra Card $5 load value/passes with cash or card
buy at any Ventra Vending Machine, online, by phone, at retail locations
fee returned as transit value if registered within 90 days of purchase
CTA Single-Ride Ventra Ticket* 3 good for up to 3 rides within 2 hours of use
buy at any Ventra Vending Machine, except at O'Hare
CTA Single-Ride Ventra Ticket at O'Hare 5 includes fare and transfer
buy at any Ventra Vending Machine at O'Hare
CTA 1-Day Ventra Ticket 10 good for unlimited rides for one person for 24 hours from first use
buy at any Ventra Vending Machine
CTA 3-Day Ventra Ticket 20 good for unlimited rides for one person for 72 hours from first use
buy at Ventra Vending Machines at O'Hare & Midway

* Applies at all train stations except O’Hare (where a premium fare applies)
** Available only to riders with RTA-issued Reduced Fare permits

Reduced fares are offered only to those customers who are eligible.

Load fare to your transit account at the checkout at Ventra Retail Locations, just as you would at any vending machine, online or by phone.


Ways to pay

Cash & coinsCash

Cash can be used directly on buses and can be used at all Ventra vending machines to add value or passes to Ventra Cards or to buy disposable Ventra Tickets. You can also use cash to load value or passes at nearly 1,300 Ventra retailers. See the above chart for fare information.

Ventra TicketVentra Tickets

You can buy disposable paper Single-Ride and 1-Day tickets at vending machines (located in every 'L' station). See the above chart for fare information.

Ventra CardVentra Cards

Ventra Cards are used with transit value and passes for regular fares and transfers. Fare you load to your Ventra Card's transit account can be seen and managed at vending machines, online, in the Ventra app and by phone.

New Ventra Cards can be purchased from vending machines at all 'L' (CTA rail) stations and at nearly 1,300 retail locations (including drugstores, currency exchanges and more). They can also be ordered online or by phone.

Contactless bankcard graphicUsing personal, contactless bankcards

Ventra can accept any bank-issued card in your wallet with the contactless payment wave symbol to pay fare. You can pay a PAYG fare or visit a vending machine to load value and passes.

See the Ventra website for more information on how to pay fare with Ventra.

Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay

Ventra readers can accept contactless payments directly from mobile devices, too! You can pay a PAYG fare by touching your phone with Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay to any Ventra reader. Learn more about how it works.


Get the Ventra app!

The Ventra app lets you check your Ventra Card's balance, add value or passes, get arrival/departure times and account alerts in a quick and easy-to-use app. You can even use the fare value from your Ventra transit accounts to buy mobile tickets for riding Metra trains right in the app.

Download the app today!


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