Chicagoans can now hop aboard one of the city’s most classic winter traditions: the CTA Vacation Train and Bus.
The Allstate CTA vacation fleet begins its journey for the 2022 season on Friday, with plans to zip through town while flashing plenty of lights and LED signs. Santa Claus and his reindeer are also expected to keep commuters company during the journey.
All eight CTA rail routes and 16 CTA bus routes will be served by the celebration fleet.
Here’s a look at when and where the CTA Holiday Train and Bus will be running over the holiday season:
CTA holiday train timetable:
- November 25: Green line
- November 26: Green line
- November 29: Green line
- November 30: Orange, brown lines
- 1st December : Orange, brown lines
- December 2: Orange, brown lines
- December 3: Orange, brown lines
- December 6: Red line
- December 7: purple line
- December 8: Red line
- December 9: purple line
- December 10: Red line
- December 13: pink line
- December 14: pink line
- December 15: blue line
- December 16: blue line
- December 17: blue line
- December 19: yellow line
Here’s how to follow the holiday bus. Normal CTA rates apply.
The CTA is not the only festive train crossing the city, however. Metra will conduct its holiday rides on its power line on three Saturdays this season: December 3, 10 and 17.
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will accompany passengers to downtown Chicago where they will encounter a “winter wonderland” at Millennium Station, according to the transit agency.
Here’s a look at when and where the Metra Holiday Train will be running this holiday season:
Metra Holiday Train Schedule:
|Richton Park||11:03 am|
|house wood||11:15 a.m.|
|Museum Campus||2:20 p.m.|
|house wood||2:57 p.m.|
|211th street||3:03 p.m.|
|Richton Park||3:08 p.m.|
|University Park||3:15 p.m.|