Getting Around Chicago
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers direct train service from both airports
into downtown, as well as bus and train lines to all major attractions.
Using simple fare cards and easy-to-use maps and brochures, you
will have no trouble navigating your way around this large metropolitan
For route, fare and schedules, call 312-836-7000 from 5am-1am Central
time. The Chicago Transit Authority map and downtown sightseeing
guide are easily available for your use at all train stations, airports,
visitor information centers and hotels.
The fare for one ride is $1.75 for ages 12 and up. If you are planning
a longer stay and wish to travel about the city using public transportation,
you can also purchase CTA Transit Cards that automatically deduct
fares and transfers. These can be used on all trains and buses and
at any CTA train station.
Visitor passes are also available and relatively cheap. They are
available for 1-day, 2-day, 3-day and 5-day. They allow unlimited
rides on buses and trains. If you are planning to do a lot of sightseeing,
traveling from destination to destination, these are the best value.
You can purchase these visitor passes at airports, visitor information
centers and other attractions.
To purchase passes or transit cards before you travel, call 1-888-968-7282.
Taxicabs are also another easy option for traveling around Chicago.
You can walk out from any attraction or your hotel and hail a cab
without any effort. The meter starts at $2.25, plus $1.00 for each
additional passenger. The fare increases $1.60 for every mile or
$2.00 for every six minutes of waiting time.