Metra is a commuter rail system that connects neighborhoods, suburbs and nearby cities with downtown Chicago. There are 242 stations spread across 11 lines, with six stations in or next to the Loop: Union Station, Millenium Station, Van Buren Street Station, Museum Campus/11th Street, Ogilvie Transportation Center and LaSalle Street Station.
Things to Know
- Fares are based on distance traveled and start at $4 as of 2018
- Mobile ticketing is available via the Ventra App
- Most, but not all, stations are handicap accessible
- Trains are less frequent on weekends, but the weekend passes are a great deal if you’re sightseeing or going to a concert, festival or sporting event
- Permit and daily parking is an option at many stations for a fee, but Metra typically does not manage these services, instead third parties, including local governments, typically handle parking
You can view Metra schedules via the Metra website or plan your trip with Google Maps using your start and end station to get train departure times and commute time (click on the train icon instead of the car icon for rail information). See How to Ride Metra Trains to learn more.
View Metra station guides to get area information, addresses and parking information.