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

Get on board

  • Riding the bus
    Learn where to go to get a bus and get tips on what to do when it arrives.
  • Riding the train
    Learn how to find the right place to wait for your train and get tips for what to do when it arrives.
  • Bike & Ride
    You can bring your bike with you on CTA buses and trains.
System status snapshot
‘L’ route status
Red Line
Normal Service
Blue Line
Normal Service
Brown Line
Normal Service
Orange Line
Normal Service
Pink Line
Normal Service
Yellow Line
Normal Service
Bus routes w/alerts
Elevator alerts