Metra fares

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Fare on Metra fare is determined by the number of fare zones traveled. The system has 10 fare zones designated by letters. Zone A is for the central Chicago stations and the letters go up from there. (some lines skip a letter zone, so a station in zone H means 2 zones from a station in zone F, even if it is just one stop away.)

Tickets are sold at station ticket counters, a mobile app, ticket vending machines, and onboard the trains. There a $5 surcharge for onboard ticket purchases when boarding at stations that have an open ticket counter.

Onboard the trains, conductors punch tickets, sell tickets to those who board without having one, and check for passes along with mobile tickets. Riders with a paper ticket should place ticket in the metal clip in front (lower level), or by the ledge (upper level).

Issues such as transferring, stopover, and ticket upgrade (riding beyond zones purchased) need to be communicated with the train conductor.

Ticket types

One way tickets sold at ticket counters are good for 90 days after purchase until punched by onboard conductors.

10 ride ticket are good for 1 year after sale.

Monthly pass are good for unlimited rides within the calendar month and are not transferable.

Ventra app đŸ“± can be used to pay for train fares and passes. Download app and buy ticket on app before boarding train. "Activate" ticket after boarding train. Show the mobile device to the conductor when tickets are checked. The Ventra app is not the same as card, which is accepted by CTA and Pace but not Metra. However the app can link with a card so the payments for card and app can centrally managed.

Weekend pass costs $8 and is good throughout the system on Saturdays and Sundays.

Special user tickets eligibility:

  • Senior (65 or above) and disabled riders with reduced fare permit issued by RTA.
  • K-12 students with a valid school ID or certification letter. Required for purchasing tickets and riding onboard.
  • Children ages 7 through 11.
  • US active military members (all branches) with valid military ID.

Fare chart

Effective February 2018.

Zones traveled Full fare one way 10-ride Monthly Special user one way Special user 10-ride Special user monthly
1 $4.00 $38.00 $116.00 $2.00 $19.00 $70.00
2 $4.25 $40.50 $123.25 $2.00 $19.00 $70.00
3 $5.50 $52.25 $159.50 $2.75 $26.25 $96.25
4 $6.25 $59.50 $181.25 $3.00 $28.50 $105.00
5 $6.75 $64.25 $195.75 $3.25 $31.00 $113.75
6 $7.25 $69.00 $210.25 $3.50 $33.25 $122.50
7 $7.75 $73.75 $224.75 $3.75 $35.75 $131.25
8 $8.25 $78.50 $239.25 $4.00 $38.00 $140.00
9 $9.00 $85.50 $261.00 $4.50 $42.75 $157.50
10 $9.50 $90.25 $275.50 $4.75 $45.25 $166.25

Fare zones

Letter means fare zone. Number inside parenthesis means number of fare zones traveled from central Chicago. To calculate the number of zones traveled outside central Chicago, substract the numbers in parenthesis and then add 1.

Fare zones A (1) B (2) C (3) D (4) E (5) F (6) G (7) H (8) I (9) J (10)
UP-N Metra Union Pacific North Chicago OTC;
Clybourn
Ravenswood;
Rogers Park
Main St.;
Evanston (Davis St.);
Central St.;
Wilmette
Kenilworth;
Indian Hill;
Winnetka;
Hubbard Woods;
Glencoe
Braeside;
Ravinia;
Highland Park;
Highwood
Fort Sheridan;
Lake Forest.
Lake Bluff;
Great Lakes;
North Chicago
Waukegan Zion;
Winthrop Harbor
Kenosha
MD-N Metra Milwaukee District North Chicago Union Station;
Western Ave
Healy;
Grayland;
Mayfair
Forest Glen;
Edgebrook;
Morton Grove
Golf;
Glenview;
Glen/N. Glenview
Northbrook;
Lake-Cook;
Deerfield
Lake Forest Libertyville;
Prairie Crossing
Grayslake;
Round Lake
Long Lake;
Ingleside;
Fox Lake
NCS Metra North Central Service Chicago Union Station;
Western Ave
River Grove;
Franklin Pk;
Schiller Park
Rosemont;
O'Hare Transfer
Prospect Hts Wheeling;
Buffalo Grove
Prairie View;
Vernon Hills
Mundelein;
Prairie Crossing.
Washington St (Grayslake) Round Lake Beach;
Lake Villa;
Antioch
UP-NW Metra Union Pacific Northwest Chicago OTC;
Clybourn
Irving Park;
Jefferson Park;
Gladstone Park
Norwood Park;
Edison Park;
Park Ridge;
Dee Road
Des Plaines;
Cumberland;
Mt. Prospect
Arlington Heights;
Arlington Park
Palatine Barrington Fox River Grove;
Cary
Pingree Road;
Crystal Lake
Woodstock;
McHenry;
Harvard
MD-W Metra Milwaukee District West Chicago Union Station;
Western Ave
Grand/Cicero;
Hanson Park;
Galewood;
Mars;
Mont Clare
Elmwood Park;
River Grove;
Franklin Park;
Mannheim
Bensenville;
Wood Dale
Itasca;
Medinah;
Roselle
Schaumburg;
Hanover Park;
Bartlett
National St;
Elgin;
Big Timber
UP-W Metra Union Pacific West Chicago OTC;
Kedzie
Oak Park;
River Forest
Maywood;
Melrose Park;
Bellwood;
Berkeley
Elmhurst;
Villa Park;
Lombard
Glen Ellyn;
College Ave;
Wheaton
Winfield;
West Chicago
Geneva La Fox;
Elburn
BNSF Metra Burlington Northern Chicago Union Station;
Halsted Street;
Western Avenue
Cicero;
Lavergne;
Berwyn;
Harlem Ave.
Riverside;
Hollywood;
Brookfield;
Congress Park;
LaGrange Road;
Stone Ave.
Western Springs;
Highlands;
Hinsdale;
West Hinsdale;
Clarendon Hills;
Westmont
Fairview Ave.;
Downers Grove;
Belmont;
Lisle
Naperville Route 59 Aurora
HC Metra Heritage Corridor Chicago Union Station Summit Willow Springs Lemont Romeoville Lockport Joliet
SWS Metra Southwest Service Chicago Union Station Wrightwood;
Ashburn
Oak Lawn;
Chicago Ridge;
Worth;
Palos Heights
Palos Park;
Orland Park 143rd;
Orland Park 153rd
Orland Park 179th Laraway Road Manhattan
RI Metra Rock Island LaSalle Street;
35th St. - Lou Jones
Gresham 95th St.-Longwood;
103rd St.-Washington Hts.;
Brainerd;
91st St. - Beverly Hills;
95th St. - Beverly Hills;
99th St. - Beverly Hills;
103rd St. - Beverly Hills;
107th St. - Beverly Hills;
111th St. - Morgan Park;
115th St. - Morgan Park;
119th St.;
123rd St.
Prairie St.;
Blue Island-Vermont;
Robbins;
Midlothian
Oak Forest;
Tinley Park;
Tinley-80th
Hickory Creek;
Mokena
New Lenox Joliet
ME Metra Electric Millennium Station;
Van Buren St.;
Museum Campus/11th St.;
18th St.;
McCormick Place;
27th St.
47th St. (Kenwood);
51st/53rd St. (Hyde Park);
55th - 56th - 57th St.;
59th St. (U. of Chicago);
63rd St.;
75th St. (Grand Crossing);
79th St. (Chatham);
Stony Island;
Bryn Mawr;
South Shore;
Windsor Park;
Cheltenham (79th St.);
83rd St.;
87th St.;
South Chicago (93rd);
83rd St. (Avalon Park);
87th St. (Woodruff);
91st St.;
95th St.;
103rd St. (Rosemoor);
107th St.;
111th St. (Pullman);
Kensington
State St.;
Stewart Ridge;
West Pullman;
Racine;
Ashland
Riverdale;
Ivanhoe;
147th St.;
Harvey;
Burr Oak;
Blue Island
Hazel Crest;
Calumet;
Homewood;
Flossmoor
Olympia Fields;
211th St.;
Matteson;
Richton Park
University Park

Inter-agency fare arrangements

Metra Link-up Pass - $55

For monthly pass holders. Good on CTA on weekdays from 6am to 9:30pm and from 3:30pm to 7pm and Pace at anytime.

Metra/Pace PlusBus Pass - $30

For monthly pass holders. Good on Pace only.