Fare vending machines at O'Hare
More fun, less fare! Thru Labor Day 2021, we want to welcome you back aboard C-T-A with special summer pass prices.

Fare information

Fare chart

effective January 2018, updated May 2021
(as deducted from transit value in a Ventra 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
(load onto Ventra 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 **  
Temporary promotional fares avail. May 28 thru November 25, 2021 - learn more...
(load onto Ventra account)
Promotional 1-Day CTA Pass $5    
Promotional 3-Day CTA Pass 15    
Promotional 7-Day CTA Pass 20    
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 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.
128 Soldier Field Express
Round-trip fare.
(dollar bills/
coins or
(dollar bills/
coins or
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

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

Special summer fares sun icon

Just in time for summer, and as part of the City’s “Open Chicago” initiative to bring back events, festivals, dining and other indoor and outdoor activities – we’re reducing the price on three of our most popular unlimited-ride pass products!

From Memorial Day weekend (Friday, May 28) through November 25, we’re discounting the price of the following three unlimited-ride passes:

  • Promotional 1-Day CTA Pass: $5 (down from $10)
  • Promotional 3-Day CTA pass: $15 (down from $20)
  • Promotional 7-Day CTA pass: $20 (down from $28)

Promotional pricing available wherever passes are sold! Learn more...

Rates and dates of promotion are subject to change.

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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, plastic 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.

NEW: Ventra Card on Android, iPhone or Apple Watch

A Google Pixel 5 with a Ventra Card on screen, as the device looks after tapping to pay with Ventra at a reader on CTAVentra Cards can also be added to an Android device with Google Pay or iPhone or Apple Watch. Download the Ventra app to load an existing Ventra Card you have or add a new one to your device.

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)


Avoid "card clash"

Whenever you pay, take out and touch only your desired payment method (card, ticket, mobile device, etc.) to the Ventra fare reader.

Ventra readers can accept payments from many different card/payment types. Taking your card out makes sure that the payment method you intended to use covers every part of your trip.

(Tip: Never attach any cards that might be used for payment to your phone to then touch your phone when you board, such as bankcards with the contactless wave symbol, or Ventra Cards or Tickets from a vending machine. Many phones have features that let you pay using the phone’s built-in wallet/Pay app.)


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.

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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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