Want to know more about pre-tax transit? See Transit Benefit Fare Program.
This chart provides basic fare information. For more complete details, see the more-detailed Complete Fare Chart.
Effective January 14, 2013.
(Accepted on buses only in dollar bills or coins; no transfers available when paying cash.)
Learn more about and order Chicago Cards online at chicago-card.com.
Buy Transit Cards online at CTA Store, reload at rail stations, CTA Headquarters, or buy-preloaded around town.
Transfers must occur within two hours of the first ride.
Read more about farecard types
1st ride, if starting at O'Hare***
Are you eligible for reduced fares?
Buy online at CTA Store and reload at rail stations, CTA Headquarters, or buy-preloaded around town.
Valid on school days only, between 5:30am and 8:30pm. Student reduced fare is valid for children (ages 7-11) and for high school students (ages 12-20) with a valid CTA Student Riding Permit.
Transfers are available only for student riders paying using Student Reduced Fare farecards (both permits and stored-value cards). (Transfers are not available to those paying in cash on buses.)
Children under 7 ride free with a fare-paying customer.
Activated on first use, passes allow unlimited rides for the specified time. Buy at Currency Exchanges, select Jewel and Dominick's, and in the CTA store.
Note for Pace (suburban bus) riders: Only 30-Day and CTA/Pace 7-Day passes are valid on Pace.
Learn more about passes.
7-day CTA only:
30-day (for seniors 65+ and customers with disabilities only):
* Reduced fares are offered only to those customers who are eligible.
** Valid on both CTA and Pace non-premium/subscription routes.
*** Applies to entry at all rail stations except O'Hare station. $5 O'Hare rate applies to people paying full fare with Transit Card, only.
View the Complete Fare Chart for more detailed information
Complete Fare Chart
Reduced Fares & Free Ride Programs
Where to Buy Fares
CTA Store (buy farecards online)
About Chicago Cards & Transit Cards
Unlimited Ride Passes
U-Pass (College students)
Student Riding Permit (Elementary and High School Students)
Military Service Pass (FAQ)
Transit Benefit Fare Program