Fare vending machines at O'Hare

Fare information

Fare chart

effective January 2018
BASE/REGULAR FARES
(as deducted from transit value in a Ventra transit account)
Full Reduced Student
'L' train fare $2.50 * $1.25 $.75
Bus fare 2.25 1.10 .75
Transfer(up to 2 additional rides within 2 hrs) .25 .15 .15
PASSES
(load onto Ventra 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 105 $50 **  
OTHER FARES Full Reduced Student
'L' train fare from O'Hare
Deducted on entry at O'Hare station, only, from Ventra transit account using Ventra Card or via contactless Pay-As-You-Go payment methods.
$5 $1.25 $.75
Bus fare with cash on bus
Fare applies if using cash/coins directly at farebox when boarding. (Transfers are not available.)
2.50 1.25 .75
Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG)

Fare applies if using contactless bankcard or compatible mobile wallet apps (Apple Pay, Google Pay, etc.) directly at reader when boarding buses or trains, if you haven't first added sufficient Ventra Transit Value or a pass to card at vending machines.

Transfer between CTA services are available when using contactless PAYG and charged at same rate as when using Ventra Card.
2.50 * 1.25  
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.
55    
128 Soldier Field Express
Round-trip fare.
5
(dollar bills/
coins or
Ventra)
2.50
(dollar bills/
coins or
Ventra)
 
NEW CARDS & DISPOSABLE TICKETS
New Ventra Card $5 load value/passes with cash or card
buy at any Ventra Vending Machine, online, by phone, at retail locations
fee returned as transit value if registered within 90 days of purchase
CTA Single-Ride Ventra Ticket* 3 good for up to 3 rides within 2 hours of use
buy at any Ventra Vending Machine, except at O'Hare
CTA Single-Ride Ventra Ticket at O'Hare 5 good for up to 3 rides within 2 hours of use
buy at any Ventra Vending Machine at O'Hare
CTA 1-Day Ventra Ticket 10 buy at any Ventra Vending Machine
CTA 3-Day Ventra Ticket 20 buy at Ventra Vending Machines at O'Hare & Midway

Footnotes
* Applies at all train stations except O’Hare (where a premium fare applies)
** Available only to riders with RTA-issued Reduced Fare permits

 

Ways to pay

Cash & coinsCash

Cash can be used directly on buses and can be used at all Ventra vending machines to add value or passes to Ventra Cards or to buy disposable Ventra Tickets. You can also use cash to load value or passes at more than 1,000 Ventra retailers. See the above chart for fare information.

Ventra TicketVentra Tickets

You can buy disposable paper Single-Ride and 1-Day tickets at vending machines (located in every 'L' station). See the above chart for fare information.

Ventra CardVentra Cards

Ventra Cards are used with transit value and passes for regular fares and transfers. Fare you load to your Ventra Card's transit account can be seen and managed at vending machines, online, in the Ventra app and by phone.

New Ventra Cards can be purchased from vending machines at all 'L' stations and at more than 1,000 retail locations (including drugstores, currency exchanges and more). They can also be ordered online or by phone.

Mobile Pay apps (Apple Pay, Google Pay, etc.) & contactless bankcards

Pay apps or contactless bankcardsVentra readers can accept contactless payments directly from mobile devices, too! You can pay a contactless Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) fare by touching your phone with Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay—or any contactless bankcard with the contactless wave symbol—to any Ventra reader.

NEW: Transfers are available at the regular transfer rate, like with Ventra Cards, when riding using the PAYG fare option (and continue to be free at designated free 'L' transfer locations).

Learn more about how contactless payments work with Ventra. (Opens in a new window)

 

 

Ventra AppGet the Ventra app!

The Ventra app lets you check your Ventra Card's balance, add value or passes, get arrival/departure times and account alerts in a quick and easy-to-use app. You can even use the fare value from your Ventra transit accounts to buy mobile tickets for riding Metra trains right in the app.

Download the app today!

 

How to ride with a pass

You can get unlimited ride passes, which are good for unlimited rides for one person, anywhere fare is sold. 

Any pass can be loaded into a Ventra Card's transit account. You can even load multiple passes, so you have a new one ready to go when one you're using runs out. 

Some passes (such as a 1-Day CTA Pass) are sold at Ventra Vending Machines in the form of disposable Ventra tickets.

Places you can load passes into a Ventra Card's transit account include all Ventra Vending Machines, over the counter at hundreds of Ventra retail locations or online to your registered Ventra Card (using the Ventra website or the free Ventra app). If you don't have a Ventra Card, you can buy one from any Ventra Vending Machine or retail location, as well.

More info

 

How to get Reduced Fares

Reduced fares are offered only to those customers who are eligible.

Learn about Reduced Fare & Free Ride Programs, here.

 

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