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Airport Transit: Getting to O'Hare & Midway

Trains from Chicago O'Hare and Midway Airports

The ‘L’ is the easiest way into and around town!

Transit is the easiest way to get to Chicago airports; there’s no need to pay for parking or taxis when you ride with CTA.

We provide ‘L’ (train) service directly to both O'Hare and Midway airports. Machines at the station issue new Ventra Cards or load fare or passes onto cards.

 

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Paying your fare

You can buy a Ventra Card with fare or a 1-day, 3-day or 7-day unlimited ride pass using cash (machines do not give change) or credit/debit cards at both airport train stations.

See Fares for detailed fare information. See How-To Guides for detailed information on paying with farecards and riding the train.

 

 

Weighing your transportation options?

Here’s a quick chart to help you decide how to go:

 

Mode
Cost:
O’Hare to downtown
Travel time:
O’Hare to downtown
Cost:
Midway to downtown
Travel time:
Midway to downtown
CTA trains
$5 or less*
45 min
$2.25 or less*
25 min
Taxi
around $40
25-90 min
around $25
15-40 min
Shuttle Van Services
over $25
25-90 min
over $15
15-40 min

 

*You can save even more by getting an unlimited ride pass, where, for a flat rate, you can ride as many CTA trains and buses as you like! Some riders also qualify for reduced fares. See our Fare Information page for more details.

The numbers above are based on current CTA fares and price estimations based on online rate quotes for leading shuttle services and single-rider fares in taxicabs based on distance and common roadway congestion. Cost estimations for taxi and shuttle services do not include gratuity. Travel times shown are estimated for all modes based on common conditions.

 


o'hare platform
Service to Chicago-O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

The CTA Blue Line provides service directly into O'Hare Airport.

The fully-accessible O’Hare station is situated in the lower level concourse, which connects Airline Terminals 1, 2 and 3, and is conveniently accessed from Terminal 5 by free, frequent airport shuttle trains.

 

About the CTA Blue Line ‘L’

Blue Line train service operates via elevated and subway from O'Hare (on the northwest side of Chicago) to downtown, then continues through the west side of the city to Oak Park and Forest Park. The normal travel time on the Blue Line from O'Hare to downtown, is 40-45 minutes.

Blue Line trains run 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and all trains leaving the O’Hare station go through downtown.

A free transfer is available to connecting CTA train lines at designated stations. See the Blue Line Route Guide or Maps for connection information.

To make a paid transfer, such as to a bus route, you’ll need a Ventra Card or Ventra Ticket with fare or a pass, or to pay with a personal contactless bankcard (onto which you can load fare or passes at machines).

 

Getting to the Blue Line from Terminals 1, 2 or 3

If you're coming from domestic and international flights arriving at Terminals 1, 2 or 3, follow signs in the airport to "CTA Trains" or "Trains to City." These will lead you to the train station. You can walk from the baggage claim to the train in under ten minutes from any of these three terminals.

 

Getting to the Blue Line from Terminal 5

If you're coming from international flights that land in Terminal 5, follow signs to the Airport Transit System (ATS). Ride the next train to Terminal 2 and exit the train at the station. Then, follow signs to "CTA Trains" or "Trains to City."

 

(Note: There is no Airline Terminal 4 at O’Hare.)

 


midway platforms
Service to Chicago-Midway Airport (MDW)

The CTA Orange Line provides service directly to Midway Airport.

The fully-accessible Midway station is right next to the airport terminal building, and connected by an enclosed walkway.

 

About the CTA Orange Line ‘L’

Orange Line train service operates from Midway (on the southwest side of Chicago) to downtown via elevated tracks. (Once reaching downtown, trains travel clockwise around the Loop and then make all stops back to Midway.) The normal travel time to downtown from Midway is 20-25 minutes.

Service operates all day, every day, except during overnight hours (roughly 1 am to 4am) or after 11 pm on Sundays. Alternate overnight (“owl”) service is available via the N62 Archer bus.

A free transfer is available to connecting CTA train lines at designated stations. See the Orange Line Route Guide or Maps for connection information.

To make a paid transfer, such as to a bus route, you’ll need a Ventra Card or Ventra Ticket with fare or a pass, or to pay with a personal contactless bankcard (onto which you can load fare or passes at machines).

 

Getting to the Orange Line from the Midway Airport Terminal Building

The fully-accessible Midway station is situated just east of the airport terminal building and is connected to the airport via an enclosed walkway.

Follow the signs to “CTA Trains” or “Trains to City” from the airport. An orange line painted on the ground will guide you there.

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