Chicago Local Transportation Guide – Getting Around (TRAVEL GUIDE) | Episode# 2

Hipfig Travel Channel offers Travel Video Guides for more than 20 cities in Asia, US, and Canada. If you like our travel videos subscribe to this channel to see more. Welcome to Hipfig’s Video Guide Series on Chicago. In this video we’ll be showing you the public transport available in the city. The Chicago Transit Authority or CTA runs the public transportation system in the city of Chicago. The CTA service includes both bus and train or subway service. The CTA subway or train lines also known as the “L” have 8 routes and 145 stations. The nickname “L” is short for elevated, a reference to the all elevated beginnings of the system. Every station has Venture vending machines if you need to buy or load fares. Venture cards can store value for regular cards and unlimited ride passes. When you enter a train station, you can pay your fare at the turnstile or gate. Simply touch your Venture card or Venture ticket or contactless Bank card to the reader on the top of every turnstile. Stations have maps and signs to help you find your way Follow signs to the boarding area for the train. Once at the platform, wait near the signs that indicate where the train stops. The “L” trains are efficient and an economical travel option. The L runs every 7 to 10 minutes and every 10 to 15 minutes later in the evening The CTA offers free transfers between all “L” routes and they’re available at designated locations. Go to Hipfig’s website for the link. L train routes are designated by color: Red, Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, Purple, Pink, and Yellow lines. The Red and Blue “L” lines operate 24 hours a day every day. All other lines run daily except the Purple line to the downtown Loop. The Purple line runs a shuttle between Linden and Howard and then an express “L” train between Linden and the downtown Loop. CTA “L” train arrival estimates are available also text. Go to Hipfig’s website for the link. Digital signs at many CTA stations also provide arrival estimates. Another train option in Chicago is the Metra rail system. If you’re coming from the suburbs of Chicago or O’hare airport then you can take the Metra commuter rail. Metra is a commuter rail service in the Chicago metropolitan area. The railroad operates 241 stations on 11 different rail lines For more information and the link, go to Hipfig’s website. Another convenient way to get around the city is by CTA bus The CTA bus service has 140 routes. After you find your bus stop, wait near the sign. Stand near the bus stop so that the driver can see you and stop for you. Check the designation sign as the bus approaches or read the one on the side when it stops. You should have the bus route number, name, and where it’s headed When the bus opens its door, it will also audibly announce the bus’s route and destination. If you’re still not sure where the bus is going, you can always ask the driver. Make sure that your fare is ready when the bus approaches and pay your fare as you enter. Fares can be paid using the Ventra card. There’s also passes which are good for unlimited riding within a certain period of time; and if you’re using cash you have to use exact change. You can get CTA bus arriival information through the CTA bus tracker app on your mobile phone. There are also bus tours like Big Bus. They are hop on and hop off tours. These are especially helpful in getting around the downtown Loop area because they drop you off right in front of the attractions which saves a lot of walking and figuring out routes. Big Bus tours are included in multi attraction cards like Citypass Chicago. This is a good deal if intend to go to more than three attractions in the Chicago area. There are also other kinds of tours available like the Pedal bike tours which are available in the Loop around tourist areas. If you’re more of a self-guided tour kind of person, consider a self-guided bike tour Consider renting a bike from Divvy. It’s Chicago’s official bike share system. You can rent a bike for a 24 hour period at a very low fee. All you have to do is pick up a bike at one of the hundreds of stations they have around the Chicago area and then after you’re done, return it to any bike station near you. The best spot to ride your bikes would be the Lakefront Trail. Happy Travels. Go to for more information or go to our Hipfig Travel Channel on YouTube and be sure to subscribe for regular updates

3 Replies to “Chicago Local Transportation Guide – Getting Around (TRAVEL GUIDE) | Episode# 2

  1. You should have the bordering PACE bus system! Though it's for surrounding suburbs, many travel to Chicago's trains stations

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