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.
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 📱 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.
Effective February 2018.
|Zones traveled||Full fare one way||10-ride||Monthly||Special user one way||Special user 10-ride||Special user monthly|
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)|
Evanston (Davis St.);
|MD-N||Chicago Union Station;
|Long Lake; |
|NCS||Chicago Union Station;
|Washington St (Grayslake)||Round Lake Beach; |
|Palatine||Barrington||Fox River Grove;
|MD-W||Chicago Union Station;
|BNSF||Chicago Union Station;
|HC||Chicago Union Station||Summit||Willow Springs||Lemont||Romeoville||Lockport||Joliet|
|SWS||Chicago Union Station||Wrightwood;
Orland Park 143rd;
Orland Park 153rd
|Orland Park 179th||Laraway Road||Manhattan|
35th St. - Lou Jones
103rd St.-Washington Hts.;
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;
Van Buren St.;
Museum Campus/11th St.;
|47th St. (Kenwood);
51st/53rd St. (Hyde Park);
55th - 56th - 57th St.;
59th St. (U. of Chicago);
75th St. (Grand Crossing);
79th St. (Chatham);
Cheltenham (79th St.);
South Chicago (93rd);
83rd St. (Avalon Park);
87th St. (Woodruff);
103rd St. (Rosemoor);
111th St. (Pullman);
Inter-agency fare arrangements
Metra Link-up Pass - $55
Metra/Pace PlusBus Pass - $30
For monthly pass holders. Good on Pace only.