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Getting to the City Center from O'hare Intl Airport

Located 27 km from the city center, you can get to the city center from O’Hare International Airport by taxi, bus, metra, rental car, and personal car. O’Hare International Airport is the main international airport serving the city and it is among one of the busiest airports in the world. 

Metra

Chicago’s Metra is a commuter railroad that operates throughout the city. The North Central Service runs from the O’Hare Transfer station to various parts of the city. The Metra operates every day of the week, running more frequently during peak hours in the morning and evening and less frequently in the middle of the day. Stops along the North Central Service include, Antioch, Wheeling, Lake Villa, Prospect Heights, Round Lake Beach, O'Hare Transfer Station, Washington St./Grayslake, Rosemont, Prairie Crossing/Libertyville, Schiller Park, Mundelien, Belmont Ave./Franklin Park, Vernon Hills, River Grove, Prairie View, Western Ave, Buffalo Grove, and Union Station.

Taxi

One of the fastest and most comfortable methods of transportation to get to the city center from the airport is by taxi. Taxi stands are located in front of each terminal exit. Taxi fares are calculated based on the kilometers traveled and are an affordable option. You can find out more about specific taxi companies and their contact information by visiting the airport’s website.

Bus

Another easy transportation alternative to get to the city center is by bus. Pace buses are located in the main parking area. You can easily access the buses by using the inter-terminal shuttles. Pace buses provide transportation to various parts of the city. There are also regional buses that provide transportation to areas outside of the city center. Regional buses that you can choose from include Act II Transportation, Coach USA/Tri-State/United Limo, Illini Shuttle, PCC/Peoria Charter Coach, and Express Air Coach.

Rental Car

There are various rental car companies located at the airport that provide free shuttle service to and from the terminal building and the rental car area. Renting a car is a great transportation alternative to get to the city center. It is also an ideal method of transportation to explore the city during your trip. Rental car companies that you can choose from include Ace, Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Firefly, Hertz, National, Payless and Thrifty. If you are traveling between multiple places make sure to specify your vehicle pick up and drop off location when making a reservation.

Last Updated: May 22, 2017
Getting to O'hare Intl Airport from the City Center

Located 27 km from the city center, O’Hare International Airport is accessible by taxi, bus, metra, rental car, and personal car. The airport contains indoor and outdoor parking lots that feature short-term and long-term parking options. O’Hare International Airport is the main international airport serving the city and it is among one of the busiest airports in the world. 

Metra

Chicago’s Metra is a commuter railroad operating throughout the city. You can board the Metra from various parts of the city and take it to O’Hare International Airport. The Metra operates every day of the week, running more frequently during peak hours in the morning and evening and less frequently in the middle of the day. The North Central Service runs through the O’Hare Transfer station. From there you can take a shuttle bus to connect to the Airport Transit System.

Taxi

One of the fastest and most comfortable methods of transportation to get to O’Hare International Airport is by taxi. Taxis are accessible from every part of the city. Taxi fares are calculated based on the kilometers traveled and are an affordable option. You can find out more about specific taxi companies and their contact information by visiting the airport’s website.

Bus

Pace Buses offer direct transportation from various parts of the city and O’Hare International Airport. Regional buses are another way to get to O’Hare International Airport. Regional buses are a more affordable option compared to taxis and are accessible from various bus stops in the city. Regional buses that you can choose from include Act II, Coach USA, Express Air Coach, Illini Shuttle, and PCC.

Rental Car

Renting a car from the city center is another convenient method of transportation to get to the airport. There are various rental car companies located in the city center that also have offices located in the airport. You can return your vehicle at the airport rental car return areas before your departure. Rental car companies that you can choose from include Ace, Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Firefly, Hertz, National, Payless and Thrifty. If you are traveling between multiple places make sure to specify your vehicle pick up and drop off location.

Bike

The city of Chicago is one of the most bike friendly cities in the United States. The city currently has over 321 km of protected bike lanes. Chicago actually aims to be the most bike friendly city by 2020 by increasing that area to over 1,000 km of protected bikeways. Therefore, O’Hare International Airport is accessible by bus either via the CTA Blue Line or the Airport Transit System. For more information about how to access the airport terminals by bike please visit O’Hare International Airport’s website.

Airport Information

O’Hare International Airport contains a total of 4 terminal buildings that operate international and domestic flights. O’Hare International Airport covers an expansive area. All international flights operate out of Terminal 5, which is located separately from the other terminals. There is a tunnel to facilitate easy access between Terminal 5 and Terminal 1, 2, and 3. There is also a rail system that provides inter-terminal transportation.  

Terminal 1 operates mainly United Airlines and United Express flights, Terminal 2 operates Air Canada, Delta Air Lines, and Delta Connection flights and Terminal 3 operates American Airlines, Air Berlin, Iberia, and Japan Airlines flights. The airport terminals contain health services, rental car offices, banks, lost and found areas, wireless internet, charging stations, as well as a chapel.

O’Hare International Airport also contains a hotel within its structure. The Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel is equipped with a fitness center, gym, restaurant, market, conference hall, and many other similar services. O’Hare International Airport offers a rich variety of services to passengers, from yoga rooms, to a health club, and walkways. In addition to all this, the airport contains clothing stores where you can go shopping, eating and drinking venues, markets, and more. O’Hare International Airport features services geared towards meeting passengers’ every need.

Last Updated: May 22, 2017
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