Airport transit

Trains to/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 and from Chicago airports; there’s no need to pay for parking or taxis when you ride with CTA.

We provide ‘L’ (train) service directly to and from 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've got three easy options once you get to the station:

  1. You can buy a Ventra Ticket that's good on CTA—airport station ticket options include:
    • Single-Ride CTA Tickets (includes 2 transfers to bus and/or another train ride within two hours) 
    • 1-Day CTA Tickets (good for unlimited rides for one person for 24 hours)
    • 3-Day CTA Tickets (good for unlimited rides for one person for 72 hours)
  2. You can buy a Ventra Card with money loaded to cover fare for up to seven people, or any pass you like.
  3. If you have Apple Pay, Android Pay or Samsung Pay set up or have a contactless bankcard (with the Contactless payment wave symbol), you can go straight to the gates and touch your card there. See Fare Info for more information on PAYG fares. 

All vending machines take cash, coins, credit or debit.

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


Weighing your transport options?

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

Cost between
O’Hare & downtown
Travel time:
O’Hare to downtown
Midway to downtown
Travel time:
Midway to downtown
CTA trains
$5 or less*
45 min
$2.50 or less*
25 min
around $40
25-90 min
around $25
15-40 min
Shuttle Van Services
over $25
25-90 min
over $15
15-40 min
Rideshare (Uber, Lyft, etc.) around $35-50 (surges to $140 or more) 25-90 min around $25-40 (surges to $100 or more) 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 Fare Information or Passes for more details!

The numbers above are based on current CTA fares and price estimations based on online rate quotes for leading services and actual price observations. Cost estimations for taxi, rideshare and shuttle services do not include gratuity. Travel times shown are estimated for all modes based on common conditions and while train service is running normally.


Blue Line iconService to/from Chicago-O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

The CTA Blue Line provides service directly to and from O'Hare Airport.

The accessible O’Hare station is situated in the lower level concourse, which connects directly to Terminals 1, 2 and 3, and can be conveniently accessed from Terminal 5 via a free, airport shuttle train.

About the CTA Blue Line

Blue Line trains run 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and all trains from the O’Hare station go through downtown on their way to Forest Park (or, during some hours, UIC-Halsted).

The normal travel time on the Blue Line from O'Hare to downtown, is 40-45 minutes.

Transfer to another CTA train or bus for free up to two times within two hours by using the same Ventra Card, Ventra Ticket, personal contactless bankcard, or mobile wallet app. See the Blue Line Route Guide or Maps for connection information.

Service alerts

Current alerts 1
Harlem (O’Hare branch) Station’s West Entrance Temporary Closure
Special Note

The west entrance to the Harlem (O’Hare branch) Blue Line station on Higgins Avenue and the adjacent Park and Ride lot will temporarily close.

Accessibility Alerts 1
Jackson Stations’ Upper Level Transfer Tunnel Temporarily Closed
Accessiblity Note

The upper-level pedestrian transfer tunnel between the Adams-Jackson mezzanines of the Jackson Red and Blue line stations will be temporarily closed.

 RSS Feed: Blue Line Alerts

Orange Line iconService to/from Chicago-Midway International Airport (MDW)

The CTA Orange Line provides service directly to and from Midway Airport.

The accessible Midway station is just east of the airport terminal building with a direct, enclosed walking connection to/from the airline terminal.

About the CTA Orange Line ‘L’

Orange Line train service operates from Midway (on the southwest side of Chicago) to downtown and back via elevated tracks. All trains from the Midway station go to the downtown Loop.

The normal travel time to downtown from Midway is 20-25 minutes.

Service operates all day, every day, except during overnight hours (see schedule). Alternate overnight (“owl”) service is available via the N62 Archer bus.

Transfer to another CTA train or bus for free up to two times within two hours by using the same Ventra Card, Ventra Ticket, personal contactless bankcard, or mobile wallet app. See the Orange Line Route Guide or Maps for connection information.

Service alerts

There are no active or scheduled alerts at this time.

 RSS Feed: Orange Line Alerts

System status snapshot
‘L’ route status
Blue Line
Normal Service
Brown Line
Normal Service
Green Line
Normal Service
Orange Line
Normal Service
Pink Line
Normal Service
Yellow Line
Normal Service
Bus routes w/alerts
Elevator alerts