Bikes on Transit

Bikes on Transit

CTA Buses

You can take your bike on CTA buses at all times, every day, all year.

All CTA buses are equipped with bike racks, located on the front of the bus. Most regular, two-wheeled bikes fit into the racks.

There are two types of bicycle racks on CTA buses — Byk Rak and Sportworks models. They differ by the color of their support arms; Byk Rak (red wheel support arms) and Sportworks (yellow or black wheel support arms).

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to properly get your bike on a CTA bus.

Pace Buses

Bicycles are welcome on Pace buses and ride free on front-loaded bus racks at all times with a paying customer. Some guidelines to consider:

  • Each bus can carry only two bikes; racks are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • You must be able to lift your bike by yourself; the driver cannot help you with your bike.
  • Folding bikes are permitted onboard.
  • When exiting, remind the driver that you need to unload your bike.

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to properly get your bike on a Pace bus.

CTA Trains

Bicycles are permitted on CTA trains every day except during weekday rush periods (7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Bicycles are not allowed on certain days when trains are expected to become very crowded, such as July 4, or otherwise when trains have become full/crowded. Please follow station or train crew instructions.

  • Bicycles ride free.
  • Ask CTA staff to open the accessible gate to enter the station.
  • Only two bicycles are allowed per rail car.
  • Folding bikes are permitted onboard the train.
  • Divvy Stations and bike racks are at or outside most CTA 'L' stations.

If you’re looking for more information, check out CTA’s Bike and Ride Brochure.

Metra Trains

Bikes are permitted on weekday trains arriving in Chicago before 6:31 a.m. and after 9:30 a.m. and leaving Chicago before 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m. and on all weekend trains. Here are some guidelines to consider when bringing your bike onto Metra:

  • There is no additional charge for bikes.
  • Five bicycles are allowed in the priority seating area of each accessible diesel rail car and two on each equivalent Metra Electric car.
  • Cyclists are required to tightly secure their bike to the lower railing of the folding seat with a bungee cord or other device. Cyclists cannot block aisles or impede passenger movement. Cyclists must accompany their bike at all times. Refer to the public schedule for the number of bikes allowed per train.
  • Metra reserves the right to ban bikes on trains during special events like St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Blues Festival, Taste of Chicago, Lollapalooza, and the Air and Water Show.
  • Accessible cars are indicated by wheelchair image next to the door – Standard bicycles will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Metra reserves the right to prohibit bicycles if trains are crowded or access is impeded, and makes no assurances that space will be available for bicycles.

South Shore Trains

The South Shore Line’s Bikes on Trains program is now being offered on two a.m. and p.m. rush-hour weekday trains. Bike rack equipped cars will be available on select weekend/holiday and select weekday trains from April through October. For a list of trains and stations check out the accompanying map and schedule.

  • Bike cars will be identified with the bike symbol prominently located on the windows of the car.
  • Bikes are not permitted during special Chicago events.

Amtrak Trains

Amtrak offers a number of different services to transport your bike onboard. Each train has different equipment and loading procedures that dictate what service will be offered. The capabilities of your origin and destination station also determine how bikes are handled, so check out all the details here before you book your trip.