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While the CTA — or ‘L’ — train service can generally take you anywhere in the city, there may come a time when our bus system needs to pick up where train tracks leave off — particularly when it comes to Chicago’s northwest and southwest sides (a full buss map is accessible here).

Fortunately, when you purchase a Ventra ticket or pass, you are buying both train and bus service, with transfer opportunities (a full buss map is accessible here). Fares start at $2.00 for a one-way, single-use ticket with the option for multi-day, unlimited ride passes. There are two primary ways you can pay for your bus fare: You can buy a single-ride or =one-day Ventra Ticket, or a multi-day, reusable Ventra Card at any train station (Ventra is the service Chicagoans use to purchase and pay for each CTA ride, and ticketing information can be found here).