CTA Fares & Tickets

eff. Jan. 2013

(as deducted from Transit Value in a Ventra Transit Account or from Chicago Cards' and Transit Cards' balances)
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 Transit Account)
Full Reduced  
1-Day CTA Pass $10    
3-Day CTA Pass 20    
7-Day CTA Pass 28    
7-Day CTA/Pace Pass 33    
30-Day CTA/Pace Pass 100 $50**  
OTHER FARES Full Reduced Student
'L' train fare from O'Hare
Deducted on entry at O'Hare station, only, if paying from Ventra Transit Account pay-per-use value, Chicago Cards, Transit Cards.
$5 $1.10 $.75
Bus fare with cash on bus
Fare applies if using cash/coins directly at farebox when boarding.
2.25 1.10 .75
Metra Link-up Pass
Valid weekdays on CTA (6:30am-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
(dollar bills/
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.

Some retail locations may continue to sell packs of full fare Transit Cards for $10 and Reduced Fare Transit Cards for $7.50 during the transition to Ventra. If you have a Ventra Card, simply 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 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.

Pay-As-You-Go 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.

The PAYG Fare is $2.25 per ride for Full Fare ($1.10 Reduced Fare) charged to card.

Transfer privileges are unavailable when using this option: For the best fare value, load Transit Value or passes to a Ventra Transit Account on your card before using your personal card 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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