CHICAGO O'HARE AIRPORT (ORD)
|Chicago O'Hare International Airport (17 miles northwest of downtown Chicago) is served by the following ground transportation options:
A - metro train
B - local bus
C - shared ride van
D - taxi
E - limousine
F - rental car
The airport has three domestic terminals (1-3) and one international terminal (5). There is no terminal 4 at present.
|Terminal passenger links
Note that O’Hare has a free 24 hour rail system that operates between the 3 domestic terminals, the international terminal, long term parking, the Metro stop and the Pace stop. From beginning to end - Terminal 1 to Lot E - the travel time is nine minutes.
|A: Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) “L” Train Services
The Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line provides a 24-hour service between Chicago O'Hare International Airport and downtown Chicago (approximately 30 minutes), then onwards to Forest Park. The CTA station is located on the lowest level of the main parking garage and is accessible by pedestrian tunnels from Terminals 1, 2, and 3. The Blue line is particularly handy for hotels in the downtown ‘Loop’ area.
Chicago’s ‘L’ train & bus transit system operates on fare cards. Look out for large blue machines located within the subway stations. These cards are rechargeable - put as much money as you want into the machine and that value transfers on to the card. @ Summer 2009 fares:
- 1 ride on the 'L', $2.25.
- a transfer within 2 hours costs an extra 25 cents.
- another transfer within this 2 hour limit is free.
Alternatively you can buy a visitor pass. @ Summer 2009:
- 1 day, $5.75.
- 3 days, $14.
- 7days, $23.
These activate on first use. Passes allow unlimited rides for the specified time – the expiration time and date will be printed on the back of the card. Buy at Currency Exchanges, select Jewel and Dominick's, and in the CTA store
|B: Pace Suburban Buses
Pace Suburban Bus Service provides bus transportation from O’Hare’s Remote Lot E (known as Kiss-n-Fly.) This is accessible via the Airport Transit System (ATS.) There are 2 routes:
- Route 250, terminates at the Davis Street CTA Station.
- Route 330, terminates at Archer Harlem.
@ Summer 2009 fares are:
- regular, $1.75.
- transfer, 25 cents.
|C1: Continental Airport Express Shuttle
Continental Airport Express shuttles leave the airport every ten to fifteen minutes and provide flat rate door-to-door service to/from downtown hotels. Tickets may be purchased at the kiosk outside of the International Terminal and at the lower levels of Terminals 1, 2, and 3 at the counters across from the baggage claim.
@ Summer 2009 fares:
- 1 person, $28.
- 2 persons, $20 each.
- 3 persons or more, $15 each.
The last bus leaves O’Hare at 11.30pm.
Continental Airport Express also offers shuttles to northern suburban locations - reservation required.
|C2: Shared Ride Vans
Door-to-door vans are available, providing service between the airport and various locations, including Chicago hotels and a transfer to Midway Airport. Available at all terminals from the lower level curbfront.
|C3: Hotel Shuttles
Courtesy vans are operated by various hotels and motels in and around the airport area.
Taxis are available at all terminals from the lower level curbfront. Metered rates apply to all destinations.
Expect to spend approximately $35-$40 for a taxicab ride to downtown Chicago.
Limousines are available for Chicago and the suburbs. Contact your company of choice near the ride boards to make reservations, or reference the listing of pre-arranged limousine services, which is posted near the airport information booths, across from Door C, located on the lower-level of each terminal.
|F: Rental Cars
Rental car agencies are located on the lower level near the baggage claim areas of Terminals 1, 2, and 3. From Terminal 5, rental car agencies are available by courtesy telephones located on the lower level. Many rental car agencies also offer courtesy buses to various automobile pick-up/drop-off areas.
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