How do I take the Metra from Union Station to Naperville?
May 17, 2014 7:56 PM Subscribe
I'm taking the Amtrak to Chicago next month and am planning on taking the Metra out to Naperville after I arrive so my mom can pick me up, but I'm not quite sure how to do it. Can you help me?
posted by dargerpartridge to Travel & Transportation around Chicago, IL (25 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So, I decided to be adventurous and give the Amtrak another whirl this summer break from college. After I arrive at Chicago's Union Station on a weekday afternoon, I want to take the Metra out to Naperville with my suitcase and such. I am so confused though. 1. Where exactly do I go in Union Station to buy my one-way ticket? 2. Is it a machine or a person? 3. Can I pay with a debit card or do I need cash? 4. If cash, how much do I need? (I heard there might be a $10 minimum for checks and cash or something?) 5. How long does the ticket last? 6. After I get my ticket, where do I go to catch the train? 7. And if this was all during rush hour, will I piss everybody off with my suitcase on a packed train, if so, what would you recommend instead? One note, I know it is the BNSF Railway that I need to catch. I thought I could figure out the rest through the Metra website, but apparently I can't. If I were more adventurous I'd wait until I got there to figure it out, but fortunately I'm not that sadistic. If you don't find this all as confusing as I do and can shed some light, I will cherish your wisdom forevermore. Hoping for some native insight here. Thanks.