Access within the airport complex can be accomplished using O'Hare's Airport Transit System (ATS), a 2.5 mi (4 km) long automated people mover system that operates 24 hours a day, connecting all four terminals and the remote parking lots.
CTA is the Chicago Transit Authority that provides train and bus service throughout Chicago City and surroundings.
From O’Hare airport to downtown Chicago, the Blue Line is the most comfortable one to connect both places.
It is located in the lower level of Terminal 2.
To reach the station: Use the ATS (Airport Transit System) that links each terminal (1, 2, 3 and 5) and various parking lots. ATS runs every 7 minutes approximately.
The Blue Line service runs 24 hours daily although there is more service during the rush hours (weekdays during morning and evening).
CTA also provides transportation between O’Hare airport and Midway airport: From O’Hare airport take the Blue Line, get off at the Clark/Lake Station downtown and transfer to the Orange Line (free of charge) to finally get off at the Midway Station.
Metra offers commuter train service throughout Chicago metropolitan area.
From O’Hare Airport: passengers can reach the station from the airport’s terminals taking ATS (Airport Transit System) to Economy parking Lot E or Kiss-N-Fly. From the Kiss-N-Fly, passengers must drop-off, board the airport shuttle bus service and stop at O'Hare Transfer Station.
Passengers can use the O’Hare Transfer Station to reach Metra’s North Central Service trains to go to downtown Chicago and vicinities. Location at O’Hare airport: northeast side of ORD airport, at Zemke and Mannheim Roads.
Shuttle bus to reach the O’Hare Transfer Station:
Between Parking Lot E and O’Hare Transfer Station: runs from 5 am to 11 pm every 7 minutes. From the Transfer Station shuttle buses pick-up passengers to reach them to the terminals as well.
Tickets: passengers can purchase the tickets from the train driver. Rate prices are based by zones.
Taxis are located on the lower level of each terminal at O’Hare airport, outside the Baggage Claim Area. Taxis run through Chicago and the suburban areas. It is recommended to pick up a licenced taxi and not to accept taxi rides outside the taxi rank or from the Departures level.
All taxis are metered and rates depend of the taxicab service and the day (weekday, weekend, festivity).
Approximately Rates (based on time and mileage) from O’Hare Airport to Downtown Chicago is about $30-$40
If do you need to request a taxi accessible by wheelchair, please, call: 1.855.WAV.1010
Shared ride service is available to those who wish to share a ride and pay a flat rate to certain destinations if multiple parties are available for the trip.
Shared ride fares from O'Hare (approx.):
- Downtown Chicago: $24/person.
- McCormick Place: $24/person.
- Midway Airport: $37/person
This prearranged transportation service is available through an mobile application or digital platform It allows to connect vehicle drivers to passengers and the ride is cheaper than with taxis. To pick up the service:
- Uber Black and Uber Taxi: Lower Level
- Upper Level, between Terminal 1 and 2
- Upper Level, between Terminal 2 and 3
- Lower Level, Terminal 5 across from Door 5A
PACE buses run throughout Chicago vicinities. From O’Hare airport run two routes: 250 and 330.
Passengers can reach other routes by connections from Metra, CTA Blue Line or from Pace buses.
Links O’Hare airport Kiss “N” Fly / ATS Station in Parking Lot E and runs to Des Plaines Metra station and east to downtown Evanston through Dempster Avenue.
Route 250 includes:
- Davis Street CTA Station - links with the CTA Purple Line
- Skokie Swift CTA Station - links with the CTA Yellow Line
- Notre Dame & Main East High Schools
- Lutheran General Hospital
Runs during weekdays. On Saturday the service is extended from the O'Hare Kiss 'n' Fly/ATS Station in remote Parking Lot E south to Archer Ave/Harlem Ave in Summit.
Route 330 includes:
- Amtrak / Metra BNSF Line La Grange Road Station
- Quarry Shopping Center
- Countryside Plaza
Enter and exit O'Hare via I-190, which branches off I-90 (the Kennedy Expressway) leading to downtown Chicago. Cars may also access the airport locally from Mannheim Road, the airport's eastern boundary. Aside from cargo access on its south side, all airport traffic travels through the east side of the airport.