Where to Purchase Tickets

Buy Tickets

Most Metra tickets can be purchased from vending machines at downtown stations and at the busiest outlying stations. (Click here to see if a vending machine is available at your station.). All Metra tickets can also be purchased on your Apple or Android smartphone with the free Ventra app, available in the App Store or Google Play.

Where no vending machine exists, passengers may board the train and purchase a One-Way Ticket with cash from the conductor. However, if a machine is available at the station where you boarded and you elect to purchase the ticket on the train, the conductor will charge an additional $5.

For more information on how to purchase the various types of Metra tickets, please see the table below:

  Ventra App Ticket Vending Machine Onboard the Train
Monthly Pass Yes Yes No
One-Way Ticket Yes Yes Yes*
Day Pass Yes Yes No
Day Pass 5-Pack Yes No No
Sat/Sun/Holiday Day Pass Yes Yes Yes
Weekend Pass Yes No No
Regional Connect Pass** Yes No No

*You will be charged an additional $5 surcharge for purchasing onboard the train if a ticket agent was available at your station of origin.

**The Regional Connect Pass for unlimited rides on the CTA and Pace is available only to Monthly Pass buyers and only in the Ventra app. To buy it in the app, you must first have a Ventra card. Click here for details.