Fare vending machines at O'Hare

Fare information

Fare chart

effective January 2018
(as deducted from transit value in a Ventra transit account)
Full Reduced Student
'L' train fare $2.50 * $1.25 $.75
Bus fare 2.25 1.10 .75
Transfer(up to 2 additional rides within 2 hrs) .25 .15 .15
(load onto Ventra transit account)
Full Reduced  
1-Day CTA Pass $10    
3-Day CTA Pass 20    
7-Day CTA Pass 28    
7-Day CTA/Pace Pass 33    
30-Day CTA/Pace Pass 105 $50 **  
OTHER FARES Full Reduced Student
'L' train fare from O'Hare
Deducted on entry at O'Hare station, only.
$5 $1.10 $.75
Bus fare with cash on bus
Fare applies if using cash/coins directly at farebox when boarding. (Transfers are not available.)
2.50 1.25 .75
Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG)
Fare applies if using personal contactless bankcard directly at reader when boarding buses or trains, if you haven't first added sufficient Ventra Transit Value or pass to card at vending machines.
2.50* 1.25  
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.
(dollar bills/
coins or
(dollar bills/
coins or
New Ventra Card $5 load value/passes with cash or card
buy at any Ventra Vending Machine, online, by phone, at retail locations
fee returned as transit value if registered within 90 days of purchase
CTA Single-Ride Ventra Ticket* 3 good for up to 3 rides within 2 hours of use
buy at any Ventra Vending Machine, except at O'Hare
CTA Single-Ride Ventra Ticket at O'Hare 5 good for up to 3 rides within 2 hours of use
buy at any Ventra Vending Machine at O'Hare
CTA 1-Day Ventra Ticket 10 buy at any Ventra Vending Machine
CTA 3-Day Ventra Ticket 20 buy at Ventra Vending Machines at O'Hare & Midway


* Applies at all train stations except O’Hare (where a premium fare applies)
** Available only to riders with RTA-issued Reduced Fare permits


Ways to pay

Cash & coinsCash

Cash can be used directly on buses and can be used at all Ventra vending machines to add value or passes to Ventra Cards or to buy disposable Ventra Tickets. You can also use cash to load value or passes at nearly 1,300 Ventra retailers. See the above chart for fare information.

Ventra TicketVentra Tickets

You can buy disposable paper Single-Ride and 1-Day tickets at vending machines (located in every 'L' station). See the above chart for fare information.

Ventra CardVentra Cards

Ventra Cards are used with transit value and passes for regular fares and transfers. Fare you load to your Ventra Card's transit account can be seen and managed at vending machines, online, in the Ventra app and by phone.

New Ventra Cards can be purchased from vending machines at all 'L' stations and at nearly 1,300 retail locations (including drugstores, currency exchanges and more). They can also be ordered online or by phone.

Contactless bankcard graphicUsing personal, contactless bankcards

Ventra can accept any bank-issued card in your wallet with the contactless payment wave symbol to pay fare. You can pay a PAYG fare or visit a vending machine to load value and passes.

See the Ventra website for more information on how to pay fare with Ventra.

Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay

Android & Apple PayVentra readers can accept contactless payments directly from mobile devices, too! You can pay a PAYG fare by touching your phone with Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay to any Ventra reader. Learn more about how it works.


Ventra AppGet the Ventra app!

The Ventra app lets you check your Ventra Card's balance, add value or passes, get arrival/departure times and account alerts in a quick and easy-to-use app. You can even use the fare value from your Ventra transit accounts to buy mobile tickets for riding Metra trains right in the app.

Download the app today!


How to ride with a pass

You can get unlimited ride passes, which are good for unlimited rides for one person, anywhere fare is sold. 

Any pass can be loaded into a Ventra Card's transit account. You can even load multiple passes, so you have a new one ready to go when one you're using runs out. 

Some passes (such as a 1-Day CTA Pass) are sold at Ventra Vending Machines in the form of disposable Ventra tickets.

Places you can load passes into a Ventra Card's transit account include all Ventra Vending Machines, over the counter at hundreds of Ventra retail locations or online to your registered Ventra Card (using the Ventra website or the free Ventra app). If you don't have a Ventra Card, you can buy one from any Ventra Vending Machine or retail location, as well.

More info


How to get Reduced Fares

Reduced fares are offered only to those customers who are eligible.

Learn about Reduced Fare & Free Ride Programs, here.


More information


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