Trains at Chicago O'hare Airport

Trains from O’Hare Airport to downtown Chicago

CTA is the Chicago Transit Authority that provides train service throughout Chicago City and surroundings.

See below the available options:


Metra (Train)

Metra offers commuter train service throughout Chicago metropolitan area.

Opening hours: From 06:00 am to 07:30 pm* (hours subject to change)


How to get to Metra Station from any of the airport terminals?

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.



The Metra Station is located in the northeast side of ORD airport, at Zemke and Mannheim Roads.



To get from O’Hare Airport to Washington Street, the total fare is USD $ 9.00 (one-way ticket).

In order to purchase your ticket, you will not be able to do so in both O’Hare Transfer and Washington Street (Grayslake), since there are not vending machines nor agents.

Please note that in case you board a train in any other stations, if you decide to purchase your ticket on board, you will be assessed a USD $5.00 surcharge if there are agents and vending machines available at the station where you boarded.


Blue Line at O’Hare airport (‘L’)

The CTA Blue Line links O’Hare Airport with the Forest Park terminal via downtown Chicago. Get to downtown Chicago by this rapid transit train service within 40 minutes.

From O’Hare airport to downtown Chicago, the Blue Line is the most comfortable one to connect both places. 

The Blue Line service runs 24 hours daily although there is more service during the rush hours (weekdays during morning and evening).

Stops: O’Hare Airport, Jefferson Park, Logan Square, Clark/Lane, UIC-Halsted, Cicero and Forest Park.

Blue Line Schedule



Blue Line station is located in the lower level of Terminal 2.


How to get to Blue Line Station from any of the airport terminals?

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.


O’Hare Airport to 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.



See below the fixed fares for ‘L’ train from O’Hare Airport:

  • Full ticket: USD $5.00
  • Reduced: USD $1.25
  • Student: USD $0.75


On the other hand, day passes are also available:

  • CTA 1-Day Pass: USD $10.00
  • CTA 3-Day Pass: USD $20.00
  • CTA 7-Day Pass: USD $28.00
  • CTA/Pace 7-Day Pass: USD $33.00
  • CTA/Pace 30-Day Pass: USD $105.00


You can purchase your ticket in the vending machines available at every Blue Line station.