Metra offers a variety of tickets for riders.
The One-way ticket provides one trip between the two zones indicated on the ticket. It can be used on any line between the zones. They are valid for one year from the date of purchase.
The Round-trip ticket provides two one-way trips between two zones on the line indicated on the ticket. It is valid until 7 days after purchase. It is priced at approximately the price of one and a half one-way tickets between the two zones indicated (ex. a round trip ticket between zone D and A costs $8.25 instead of $11.)
The Rush hour ticket provides unlimited travel on any and all lines between any and all zones between the hours of 6:00 AM and 9:00 AM, and 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, weekday rush periods. It costs $5 and must be purchased with a weekend, 10-ride, weekday, 1-day, 3-day, 10-day, or monthly ticket. It is valid until the end of the PM rush of the last day of the month in which it is purchased. If a customer keeps an expired rush hour ticket and shows it to a ticket agent or trainman, they can get a new one without having to purchase another ticket in conjunction with it.
The Weekday ticket provides unlimited travel on any and all lines between and and all zones. It costs $24 and if a customer holds onto it even after it expires, they can get a free weekend ticket, but after the weekend ticket expires the customer can't get a free weekday ticket, nor can they get a free weekend ticket after the first week since the weekday ticket expired.
The 1-day, 3-day, and 10-day tickets provides unlimited travel between the two zones indicated on the ticket for 24, 72, and 240 hours respectively. They cost $5.50, $10.50, and $30.50 respectively.
The Seasonal ticket provides unlimited rides for a respective season. Seasonal tickets can be purchased on their own for $250 during the first week of the respective season, otherwise a passenger must hold a monthly ticket to purchase one.
Ventra, the standard for fare payment on CTA and Pace, can be used to purchase one-way, round-trip, weekday, weekend, 1-day, 3-day, 10-day, and monthly tickets for use on Metra. CTA and Metra stations have Ventra vending machines at which cash, credit, debit, or CTA/Pace transit value can be used to purchase Metra tickets. These vending machines have replaced many ticket agents.