CTA Fares & Tickets

eff. Jan. 2013

(deducted from transit value in a Ventra transit account)
Full Reduced Student
'L' train fare $2.25* $1.10 $.75
Bus fare 2.00 1.00 .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 100 $50**  
OTHER FARES Full Reduced Student
'L' train fare from O'Hare
Deducted on entry at O'Hare station, only.
$5 $1.10 $.75
Bus fare with cash on bus
Fare applies if using cash/coins directly at farebox when boarding. (Transfers are not available.)
2.25 1.10 .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.
2.25* 1.10  
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 refundable, load value/passes with cash or card
buy at any Ventra Vending Machine, online, by phone, at retail locations
Single-Ride Ventra Ticket* 3 $2.25 fare + 25¢ transfer + 50¢ limited-use media fee
buy at any Ventra Vending Machine, except at O'Hare
Single-Ride Ventra Ticket at O'Hare 5 includes fare and transfer
buy at any Ventra Vending Machine at O'Hare
1-Day CTA Pass Ventra Ticket 10 limited-use media fee waived
buy at any Ventra Vending Machine

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


Using personal, contactless bankcards

Ventra can accept any bank-issued card in your wallet with the contactless payment wave symbol to pay fare.

Using Ventra Transit Value or Passes
Create a Ventra Transit Account that’s associated with your card by adding Transit Value or passes to your card at vending machines. Your Ventra Transit Account is separate from preexisting credit/debit account and stores fare just for transit.

Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) Option
Without a Ventra Transit Account (or not enough fare in it to cover your ride), Ventra charges you a Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) Fare as a credit transaction directly from its regular payment account—just like how you can you touch your contactless bankcard at many vending machines.

The PAYG fare is $2.25 per ride for Full Fare ($1.10 Reduced Fare—ask the bus operator or train station attendant for help with reduced fare), charged to your card. Transfers are unavailable when paying a PAYG fare: For the best fare value, load Transit Value or passes to a Ventra Transit Account on your card before using your personal contactless bankcard to pay.

See the Ventra User Agreement for complete details about the order in which fares are applied and use of personal contactless bankcards.


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