The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates the train service in the City of Chicago and it's surrounding suburbs. Known as Chicago CTA 'L' Train (aka the El), the Chicago rapid transit trains serve 145 stations throughout the city and nearby suburbs, on elevated railways, in subways, or on the ground.
The Chicago Transit Authority elevated/subway train service ("L" train) is made up of the Red, Blue, Brown, Orange, Green, Pink, Purple and Yellow lines. Trains run about every 7 to 10 minutes, and every 10 to 15 minutes in later evenings. All lines run daily to Downtown, except the Purple Line Express.Did you know...Chicago's downtown area is known as "The Loop." The nickname refers to the area encircled by the elevated ('L') train tracks.
CTA "L" Train Lines
The CTA Blue Line provides 24-hour rapid transit train service and offers the most direct route between Chicago O'Hare International Airport and the Forest Park terminal, via downtown Chicago.
The Brown Line route operates from Kimball to downtown (with certain late night trips between Kimball and Belmont only). The Brown Line then loops through downtown, and heads northwest towards Lincoln Park, then further north towards Kimball.
The Green Line route travels between Harlem in Forest Park, IL and Oak Park, IL to 63rd Street on Chicago's South Side, via Loop 'L'.
The shortest of CTA lines, the Orange Line route travels between Midway International Airport and downtown (Loop), and provides service to Chicago's Southwest Side.
The Pink Line route travels between 54th/Cermak (serves Cicero and Berwyn) and downtown Loop.
The Purple Line route travels between Linden (in Wilmette) and Howard (in Chicago) via Evanston. Additionally, during weekday rush-periods, express service continues to downtown Loop.
The Red Line is the most direct north/south train route and provides 24-hour train service between Howard on the North Side and 95th/Dan Ryan on the South Side via downtown Chicago. This Red Line travels on both elevated track and underground along the route.
The Yellow Line route travels between Dempster-Skokie and Howard (in Chicago), with connecting service to downtown Chicago via Purple Line Express or Red Line.
This line is also commonly known by its original, service name, the "Skokie Swift."
CTA "L" train fare
|'L' train fare||$2.25*||$1.10|
|Transfer(up to 2 additional rides within 2 hrs)||$0.25||.15|
(load onto Ventra transit account)
|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**|
|'L' train fare from O'Hare
Deducted on entry at O'Hare station, only.
|Bus fare (when paying cash)
(Transfers are not available.)
|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
*Single Trip: $2.25. Pay cash or purchase a reloadable Transit Card, available at 'L' stations and on transitchicago.com. 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 trains and bus - Childs fare
Children Ages 7-11 get a Reduced Fare. Children under 7 ride Free with fare-paying customer.
Traveling to or from O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway Airport (MDW)?
You can transfer to a bus from train only if you have a Transit Card or an unlimited ride pass. Using a stored-value Transit Card, you can make up to two transfers within two hours for just 25 cents.
All CTA and Pace buses are accessible to people with disabilities.
Chicago L Train Map
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