There are no public buses out of O'Hare Airport, but several van shuttle services connect the airport with the city and suburbs.
This is a good option if you’re going to the suburbs, or if you're more people than will fit into a single taxi, and you have a lot of luggage.
The trip can take anywhere between 25-90 minutes depending on your exact destination, but the ride to downtown Chicago normally takes about 40 minutes.
Fares start at around $37 per person, but vary depending on the number of passengers and your exact destination - you can pre-book and/or check prices from the GO Airport Express Shuttle website.
The GO Airport Express shuttles leave every 10-15 minutes. Services begin at 4:00 AM, and the last shuttle leaves at 11:30 PM.
Pick up is outside the baggage claim areas of each terminal, in the innermost lane.
The Bus/Shuttle Center is located on level 1 (main level) of the parking garage between elevator centers 3 and 4, but the respective shuttle services also have information/sales points in the respective terminals. The GO Airport Express info points, for example, are in Terminals 1(E), 2(D) 3(F) and 5(E).
If you're staying at a hotel in downtown Chicago, you can also pre-book a shuttle transfer online with Viator for around $34. After booking online, you print your voucher and show this to the driver (this voucher will also contain all the necessary information regarding pick-up).
The shuttles depart every 10-15 minutes, 7 days a week from around 4:00 AM–11:30 PM.
Taking the CTA L-train (Blue Line) is the easiest way to reach downtown Chicago from the airport.
The trip to downtown/the Chicago Loop (Clark/Lake Station) takes about 40-45 minutes, after which the train continues to the western side of the city (Oak Park and Forest Park). All trains leaving O’Hare station go to downtown Chicago.
A one-way ticket costs $5. You can buy either a disposable ticket (which includes two bus/train transfers on any CTA services within two hours) or a reloadable Ventra card at the vending machines in the train station (you can also pre-order preloaded Ventra cards from the Ventra Chicago website).
If you have a contactless bankcard (with the wave symbol) and you won’t need to transfer to another train or bus, you can also simply touch your card to the machine at the gates to the platform, and your card will be charged a $2.25 fare.
The Blue Line L-trains run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every 7-10 or 15-30 minutes, depending on the time of day. You can check the timetable and different stops along the Blue Line from the Transit Chicago website.
• If you land in Terminals 1, 2 or 3, follow the signs that say 'CTA Trains' or 'Trains to City'; the train station is located on the lower level, less than ten minutes by foot from the baggage claim areas of all three terminals.
• If you land in Terminal 5, follow the Airport Transit System (ATS) signs and take the free shuttle train to Terminal 2. Then follow the signs that say 'CTA Trains' or 'Trains to City'.
• Please note that the airport has no Terminal 4!
There are metered taxis at the taxi stands outside the baggage claim areas of each terminal. A taxi trip to downtown Chicago takes about 30 minutes, depending on traffic.
The fare is around $40.
There are also shared ride services, where you pay a flat rate of $24 per person to go to downtown Chicago, if multiple parties are available for the trip.
If you don't want to deal with the hassle of taxi companies or long bus queues, you can prebook a ride via Kiwitaxi, an online booking platform that offers reliable and cheap airport transfers worldwide. The English-speaking driver will wait for you at the airport even if your flight is delayed, holding a sign with your name on it.
• City of Chicago employees supervise taxi operations at the airport, and can answer questions about destinations, estimated fares, etc.
• If you need to go to the suburbs of Chicago, keep in mind that city cabs traveling to the suburbs will charge meter and a half rates. Instead, call a suburban company such as American Taxi for a fixed rate (you can ask the personnel at the airport for more information).
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