How-To Guide: Finding your way
We make it easy to find your way on transit.
The easiest way to plan a trip is to use a trip-planning service. Google Maps, the goroo (RTA), or the RTA Travel Information Center can all help you plan your trip.
You can now get transit and walking directions from Google Transit, a part of Google Maps!
Plan your trip on the Web at http://www.google.com/transit.
Note: Provides directions for CTA (city buses and trains) and Metra (regional commuter rail). Use goroo (see below) for trips that include Pace (suburban bus).
Introduction to Google Transit for Chicago
Learn about all your options for planning transit trips in Google Maps
Install Google Maps software on your mobile phone*
Plan a trip with goroo (powered by the RTA)
With the RTA's new multi-modal trip planner, you can plan your trip faster, better and more accurately than ever before.
Find schedules, fares and other pertinent information for the CTA, Metra, Pace and more! goroo can also help you customize your trip to use only accessible services, choose between bus, train, and multimodal trips.
Plan your trip on the Web at http://www.goroo.com. (Also: Advanced options)
Call the RTA Travel Information Center
You can get travel information from the RTA Travel Information Center by calling (312) 836-7000.
- The center is open from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m., every day.
- For faster service, be ready to give your starting point and destination and the day and time at which you wish to travel.
- For RTA Travel Information via TTY, call (312) 836-4949.
Trip Planning How-To Video
Planning your own trip
We publish a number of maps to help you find your way.
Additionally, maps are posted in each railcar and station to help you plan your trip when riding the 'L'.
Schedules & Route Guides
Our System Guide helps you find more information about any of our bus or rail routes.
For help determining where to wait for a bus or train, visit our How-To Guides for Riding the Bus and Riding the Train.
*While Google Maps will presently give you directions on CTA and Metra, information about travel on Pace (Suburban Bus) is not presently available.
**For mobile browsing, or application or data usage, mobile carrier charges may apply.
Note: The RTA Travel Information Center is currently experiencing technical difficulties. The RTA is working expeditiously to correct the problem and anticipates that phone lines will be restored the week of February 6, 2011. For more information, including suggested phone alternatives, please read the RTA's press release. Customers may also plan their trips using an online Trip Planner.