CTA, RTA, Metra, PACE - What does it all mean?
Enjoying Chicago from the Ed Bus
In order to get around Chicago, you will need to learn about the CTA trains and buses, Metra trains, Pace buses, cabs, shuttle services, limousines and the rest. Here are some links to Chicago's transportation options.
Chicago Buses & "L" Trains/Subways
The Chicago Transit Authority includes buses, subway trains, surface trains and the famous elevated trains (The "L").
Fares will vary and are dependent upon the method of purchase you choose. You can pay CTA fares with Chicago Card, Chicago Card Plus, Transit Cards, or 30-Day, 7-Day or Visitor Passes, or cash. Purchase CTA fare media at more than 600 sales outlets throughout the Chicagoland area and at 144 rail stations. Call CTA at 1-888-YOUR-CTA for complete information. Other Info:
- Learn about CTA Fares.
- See the CTA Complete Fare Chart.
- See a Chicago CTA Map (each Transit Line is color-coded)
Chicago Taxis - An alternative to a bus or train
Chicago's taxis , despite a recent increase in fares, are more reasonable than those of many other major US cities. Charges are $1.50 at the drop of the flag, $1.20 per mile and 50¢ for each additional passenger. Cabs can be hailed anytime in the Loop and other central neighborhoods; otherwise call Yellow (tel 312/829-4222) or Checker taxis (tel 312/243-2537).