Types of tickets and where to buy them
Metra operates a distance-based fare system consisting of ten fare zones. Click here to see a system map with fare zones. Riders are charged based on the number of zones they travel through. To determine your fare, you must know your originating station, your destination station, and the type of ticket you wish to buy (One-Way, Round Trip Plus, 10-Ride, Monthly, Saturday or Sunday Day Pass or Weekend Pass). Details about each ticket type are below. All ticket types except weekend passes and day passes are available at a reduced rate for K-12 students, seniors and other special classes as described below. Use the fare calculator above to see the cost of each type of ticket, full fare and reduced, between your selected origin and destination stations. For information about where to buy tickets, click here. New riders can find more information about the Metra system here.
Notice about the extension of tickets due to COVID-19
Because of the pandemic and work-from-home orders, Metra has extended the validity of all One-Way and 10-Ride tickets. If you have tickets that expired in March 2020 or later, or tickets that are scheduled to expire before Dec. 31, 2021, your tickets will be valid for travel up to and including Dec. 31, 2021. Paper tickets that expired can be used on the trains up to and including Dec. 31, 2021. However, if you have Ventra tickets that expired or will expire before Dec. 31, 2021, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For travel from one station destination to another. One-Way Tickets are valid for 90 days including the day of purchase, and they are not refundable.
Round Trip Plus (Ventra only)
These tickets are good for unlimited rides on a single day between the zones selected. Available in the Ventra app only. Round Trip Plus tickets are valid for 90 days including the day of purchase, and they are not refundable.
$10 All-Day Pass
As a special promotion during the COVID pandemic and recovery, Metra is offering a $10 All-Day Pass good for unlimited rides on any and all Metra lines all day until 3 a.m. the next morning.
These tickets are good for one year. Ten-Ride Tickets are not refundable. This ticket is ideal for occasional commuters or leisure travelers. One ticket can be shared by people riding together.
Monthly Unlimited Ride Pass
Monthly Passes are for the exclusive use of the purchaser and are not transferable. Monthly Passes are valid until noon on the first business day of the following month. Refunds are subject to a $5 fee per transaction if returned after the first day of the month. Monthly Pass holders are permitted to use their tickets for unlimited weekend travel across the Metra system. This allows Monthly Pass holders to travel outside the zones indicated on their passes at no additional cost on Saturdays and Sundays.
Connecting Passes for CTA or Pace
Monthly Pass holders traveling from a Metra station to their destinations should consider the following connecting fare options for unlimited rides on CTA and/or Pace buses:
Link-up Pass - $55
Monthly Pass holders can purchase a Link-up Pass from Metra or through the Ventra App for the following connecting travel:
- CTA - M-F, 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Pace - Anytime
Pace PlusBus Pass - $30
Monthly Pass holders can purchase a PlusBus pass for unlimited rides used in conjunction with their monthly pass for travel on all Pace suburban buses. Pace buses connect with Metra trains at many stations. For more information, please visit Pace.
The $7 Saturday or Sunday Day Pass is good for unlimited rides on either Saturday or Sunday. In addition, the $10 Weekend Pass (available on the Ventra app only) is good for unlimited rides on both weekend days. Either pass can be used in conjunction with Metra's Family Fares. Not valid for travel on the South Shore (NICTD).
Reduced Fares for Seniors, Students, Military, etc.
Senior Citizen/Disability Fares
Senior citizens 65 or older, customers with disabilities and Medicare cardholders who have an RTA-issued Reduced Fare Permit are eligible for a reduced fare ticket. If you are enrolled in the Illinois Circuit Breaker program and have an RTA-issued Ride Free Circuit Permit, you are eligible to ride free. If you are not in possession of a RTA Reduced Fare Permit you must contact the RTA to apply. Call 312-913-3110 or click here for more information.
U.S. Military Fares
Military personnel may purchase One-Way or 10-Ride Tickets at the reduced fare rate provided they present proper military identification indicating they are on active duty. These privileges are extended to all branches of the military: Marines, Air Force, Army, Navy and Coast Guard. Military fare tickets are sold only at Metra ticket offices or on trains.
Full time students enrolled in a grade school or high school can purchase a reduced One-Way, 10-Ride or Monthly Pass. College students are not included in the program. Student fares are in effect at all times. When purchasing a ticket, students must present a valid letter of certification from their school (on school stationery) or present a valid school I.D. (both are valid through the end of the calendar year) bearing the student's name, school name and authorized signature. Student identification card or letter of certification must be displayed along with the ticket to the conductor. Failure to do so will result in full fare payment. Student tickets are not transferable. Any questions concerning the above may be directed to Metra Passenger Services at 312-322-6777.
All fare policies concerning standard student fares also apply to home-schooled students. To meet documentation requirements, the student must present a letter with the name and address of the person providing the home schooling as teacher/principal at the top, signed and notarized. Click here to download form.
Children's Weekday Fares
Children ages 7 to 11 save 50 percent over One-Way fares. Children under 7 ride free when accompanied by a fare-paying adult (up to three children free per adult). Under no circumstance will children under 7 years of age be permitted to travel alone.
On weekends and select holidays, kids ride FREE with Metra's Family Fares. Up to three children age 11 and under ride free with each fare-paying adult. Purchase a ticket or use your Monthly Pass or 10-Ride Ticket as the adult fare. The $10 Weekend Pass can also be used as the adult fare. Family Cars are available on weekends and non-rush hour weekday trains.
Lower Fares on Metra Electric and Rock Island lines
Under the Fair Transit South Cook Pilot, Cook County is subsidizing reduced fares for all riders on the Metra Electric and Rock Island lines ONLY. These tickets are not valid on any other Metra line. Click here for a fare chart for the two lines under the pilot.
Save Money with Transit Benefits
To find out about how you can save money using pre-tax dollars to pay for commuting costs, click here.
Group Travel - temporary restrictions
Prearranged groups of 25 passengers or more can save up to 50 percent off the cost of regular One-Way fares. Group rates are available on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m., and anytime Saturday, Sunday and national recognized holidays (some restrictions may apply). Covid restrictions require groups to separate by 6 feet unless traveling with members of the same household and all passengers over 2 years old are required to wear a mask at all times while on the train.
- Groups must consist of a minimum of 25 passengers and cannot exceed 70 passengers (35 for each side of coach).
- No more than one group on the train at the same time. Metra will contact the group within two business days of receipt of Group Travel Request Form.
- Entire group must be together on platform ready to board train.
- Group requests approvals will be made on a first-come basis.
- Minimum 21-day advance notice required.
- If the size of your group meets the requirements specified above, please complete the necessary Group Travel Request Form and email it to email@example.com. You will be contacted within two business days.
- Full payment (checks only) and final headcount must be received a minimum of 14 days in advance of your trip. Changes to the headcount cannot be accommodated. Checks must be payable to Metra-Group Travel and mailed to Metra’s Passenger Services Department at 547 W. Jackson Blvd – 14th Floor, Chicago, IL 60661
- A Group Travel Boarding Pass will be issued to you once full payment is received. Boarding Pass must be presented to crew members upon boarding.
- A 24-hour notification of a cancellation is necessary for a refund.
- Click here to view and print a Group Travel Request Form
- Questions? Call a Group Travel Representative at 312-322-6772
*Metra is not responsible for any inconvenience resulting from delayed, canceled or missed train and/or connections due to mechanical failures, accidents or track obstructions.