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Chicago Transit Authority Bus

Getting Around Chicago

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates bus service in the City of Chicago and 35 surrounding suburbs. Considered the nation's second largest public transportation system, CTA has 1,888 buses that operate 130 routes. With that many routes, catching a bus is easy in Chicago. Buses stop every few blocks and several CTA bus lines operate 24 hours.

Most routes run daily through late evening, every 10 to 20 minutes. Sunday schedules apply on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Chicago CTA Bus

CTA Bus Fare

Base/Regular Fares Full Reduced
Bus fare $2.00 1.00
'L' train fare $2.25* $1.10
Transfer(up to 2 additional rides within 2 hrs) $0.25 .15
(load onto Ventra transit account)
Full Reduced
CTA 1-Day Pass $10  
CTA 3-Day Pass $20  
CTA 7-Day Pass $28  
CTA/Pace 7-Day Pass $33  
CTA/Pace 30-Day Pass $100 $50**
Other Fares Full Reduced
'L' train fare from O'Hare
Deducted on entry at O'Hare station, only.
$5 $1.10
Bus fare (when paying cash)
(Transfers are not available.)
2.25 1.10
Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) 2.25* 1.10
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.
$5 $2.50

*Single Trip: $2.25. Pay cash or purchase a reloadable Transit Card, available at 'L' stations and on Unlimited Ride Passes: Enjoy unlimited rides on all CTA buses and trains with the below passes, which activate upon first use and are good for the number of consecutive days shown on the front of the pass.

CTA bus and trains - Childs fare
Children Ages 7-11 get a Reduced Fare. Children under 7 ride Free with fare-paying customer.

CTA Bus Fare payment:
Pay your exact fare into the fare box (bus drivers cannot make change), purchase a reloadable Ventra Card or use a personal contactless bankcard.

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