How-to Guides

How-To Guides

New to riding transit? This section will help you learn everything you need to know using CTA, including buying your fare and getting on the bus or train, and provides helpful tips to make your trip even easier!

Getting there


Fares and farecards

  • Paying Your Fare
    Learn how to pay your fare when boarding a bus or entering a train station.


Get on board


Plan a trip

Start (e.g. O'Hare Airport)

End (e.g. 1 N State St, Chicago, IL)

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System Status



Red Line Normal Service
Blue Line Normal Service
Brown Line Normal Service
Green Line Minor Delays
Orange Line Normal Service
Purple Line Normal Service
Pink Line Normal Service
Yellow Line Service Suspended


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