Make your first CTA ride go smoothly
If you’re new to Chicago, or just to the city’s public transportation, the first ride can be a little daunting. Fortunately for you, we’ve come up with some things you’ll need to know before getting on a CTA train or bus.
- You can buy tickets at all train stops and at various retail locations such as Walgreens, CVS and Jewel Osco
- If you’re just visiting the city, you can order one to 30-day passes online at transitchicago.com. Make sure you order at least 2 weeks in advance so your tickets arrive before your trip
- When buying from a ticket vending machine, bring cash. Some stops have machines that take plastic but most do not. Also, the machines won’t make change so carry small bills
As for those pesky vending machines, check out the interactive photo below to familiarize yourself with the interface. Just scroll over any area outlined in yellow and you won’t have to worry about looking like a tourist when purchasing a fare card.
Now you should be ready for your first trip on one of Chicago’s busses or famous L trains. For more information on the CTA, visit transitchicago.com.