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Reduced Fare & Free Ride Programs

Reduced Fare & Free Ride Programs

A "full fare" is the regular fare for riders on the CTA. Full fare is typically paid when you first board a bus or train as part of a trip.

Some riders, such as students and people with disabilities, qualify for reduced fares. There are also some free ride programs for those who qualify. 

 

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Reduced Fare Program Details

Quick Reduced Fare comparison:

See our Complete Fare Chart to determine how much a full fare or reduced fare trip costs (and note that, in order to make paid transfers, you'll need to pay with a farecard).

 

Children, 7–11 years of age

Each child pays a Reduced Fare:

Note: Children under 7 ride free with a fare-paying customer.

 

Student Reduced Fare

The Student Reduced Fare is separate from the regular Reduced Fare and is valid on school days only between 5:30am and 8:30pm. Students 20 & younger are eligible with a valid Student Ventra Card. 

 

Get a Student Ventra Card

Student Ventra Cards are required to get the Student Reduced Fare on CTA. Learn more about how to get and use Student Ventra Cards.


Non-CPS School Order Forms

Non-CPS schools can apply by mail using this form:
Printable order form for schools/administrators (.pdf)
 

Note: College students do not qualify for the Student Reduced Fare. The CTA U-Pass for college/university students, however, is available through participating institutions.

 

 

RTA Reduced Fares

 

 

Free Ride Program Details

Military Service Pass

 

Seniors Ride Free (formerly Circuit Ride Free program)

Seniors, aged 65 or older: If you are an Illinois resident, and currently enrolled in the Illinois Department on Aging’s Benefit Access Program, you are eligible for free transit on fixed routes operated by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace. Visit the RTA for more info.

 

People with Disabilities Ride Free

If you are an Illinois resident, and currently enrolled in the Illinois Department on Aging’s Benefit Access Program as a person with a disability, you are eligible for free transit on fixed routes operated by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace. Learn more.

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