CTA Holiday Train and Bus Are Back for 2021

Families are welcomed to ride the train and bus for the first time in two years.

It’s finally time for everyone favorite’s holiday train!

The Chicago Transit Authority recently shared the 2021 schedule for its annual holiday tradition. For the first time in two years, families can ride the CTA Holiday Train and Holiday Bus on select dates from Nov. 26 to Dec. 22. Photo sessions with Santa will not be available. Also, face masks are required on the train, bus and station platforms. 

This holiday event provides affordable fun for Chicago families with a festive train decked out with thousands of lights, bows and garland. At each station, Santa greets boarding riders from his sleigh. Want more holiday fun? Look for the CTA Holiday Bus riding through various city neighborhoods.

Check the CTA website for the full schedule for the holiday train and bus. Normal fare fees apply. Note: children under 7 ride free. Take a peek of the holiday train schedule below! To help avoid crowds, the CTA suggests seeing the train and bus during the afternoons and to not bring strollers when riding. 

CTA Holiday Train Schedule 2021

  • Green Line: Nov. 26, 27 and 30
  • Brown Line: Dec. 1-4
  • Orange Line: Nov. 26, 28; Dec.1-4
  • Red Line: Dec. 7, 9 and 11
  • Purple Line: Dec. 8, 10 and 11
  • Pink Line: Dec. 14 and 15
  • Blue Line: Dec. 16-18
  • Yellow Line: Dec. 22

CTA Holiday Bus Schedule 2021

  • #56 Milwaukee: Nov. 30; Dec. 1
  • #77 Belmont: Dec. 2
  • #22 Clark: Dec. 3, 4
  • #97 Skokie: Dec. 4
  • #66 Chicago: Dec. 7-8
  • #126 Jackson: Dec. 9
  • #12 Roosevelt: Dec. 10-11
  • #62 Archer: Dec. 14-15
  • #49 Western/#X49 Western Express: Dec. 16
  • #79 79th: Dec. 17
  • #3 King Drive: Dec. 18
  • #28 Stony Island: Dec. 21
  • #29 State: Dec. 22
  • #J14 Jeffery Jump: Dec. 23

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