Metra tickets for any line may be purchased at the downtown stations or at outlying stations where a ticket agent is on duty. On the Metra Electric Line, tickets at non-downtown stations are available through vending machines. 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 ticket agent or vending machine exists, passengers may board the train and purchase a One-Way Ticket with cash from the conductor. However, if an agent is on duty or a vending machine is available and you elect to purchase the ticket on the train, the conductor will charge an additional $5. Avoid the fee by using the Ventra App to buy tickets anytime, anywhere.
For more information on how to purchase the various types of Metra tickets, please see the table below:
|Ventra app||Station with Ticket Agent||Ticket Vending Machine||Onboard the Train|
|Monthly Unlimited Pass||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
*You will be charged an additional $5 surcharge for purchasing onboard the train if a ticket agent or ticket vending machine was available at your station of origin.