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John

Chicago

How safe is public transportation and what passes should I get?

It's been some years since I've been in Chicago and I routinely used the subway. Just curious if that's still a good idea and for four days what if any pass should I get?


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answered by
Cheryl from Wisconsin

Chicago public transport is pretty safe and easy to use, you can buy 1, 3 or 7 Day Passes for $10, $20 or $28 for unlimited rides on all CTA buses and trains. There is a good app to use for CTA called Transit Stop. If you bring a car, parking can be very expensive. 


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answered by
Emery from Chicago

The El is great! You can buy a Ventra card for any amount over $5 depending on how often you will take it.


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answered by
Aileen from Saint Thomas, Ontario

 On a recent trip to Chicago I took the subway from the airport to downtown and found it very easy and faster than trying to take a cab.


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answered by
Dabs from Chicago

Kimberly gave you a link for Metra which is suburban trains, I think she meant to give you the CTA link which is for the el and buses inside the city.

http://www.transitchicago.com/

You can find the info on passes here, you should be able to pick up at both airports but I'm not sure if you have to get a Ventra to get a multiday pass as the link below just addresses disposable 1 day passes.  The ride from O'Hare is $5 by itself (the only upcharge in the system).  For 4 days you might want to get a 7 day pass as the 3 day + 1 day is more than the 7 day.  Travel to/from the airports are included on the passes 

http://www.transitchicago.com/travel_information/fares/default.aspx?source_quicklinks=1

http://www.transitchicago.com/travel_information/fares/unlimitedridecards.aspx


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answered first by
Kimberly from Chicago

Hi John, public transportation is still good! I recommend getting a pass, you'll save some money. Check this site for passes! http://metrarail.com/metra/en/home.html


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answered by
Pete from Indianapolis

I have taken the South Shore line from Indiana to Millennium Park multiple times and never felt unsafe. 


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