Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Information
Chicago Transit Authority

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers both train and bus service in the City of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. The CTA trains in Chicago are well known as the "L," and the
Orange Line trains are the easiest and most affordable way to get to Midway International Airport from downtown via public transit.

The CTA Orange Line

The Orange Line train service operates from approximately 4-4:30 a.m. to approximately 1:00 a.m. every day with more frequent service during weekday morning and evening rush hours. Alternate overnight ("owl") service is available via the N62 Archer bus. Orange Line trains operate from Midway to downtown via elevated tracks. Once reaching downtown, trains travel clockwise around the Loop and make all stops back to Midway. The Orange Line connects to most other CTA train lines. 

The normal travel time from Midway to downtown is 20-25 minutes.

Where is the Midway Orange Line station?
The fully-accessible station is located just east of the airport terminal building at the Midway Transportation Center and is connected to the airport via an enclosed walkway. Follow the signs in the airport that read "CTA Trains" or "Trains to City."

An orange line painted on the ground will guide you to the station.

Can I transfer to a bus?

Yes, but you will need a Transit Card or an unlimited ride pass. Using a stored-value Transit Card, you can make up to two transfers within two hours for just 25 cents.

For a complete Midway CTA station timetable, please click

Specific fare information is available  here.

CTA Buses

Buses are a great public transportation option for those that are not coming or going along the CTA Orange Line. The CTA offers nine bus routes that serve Midway. Several Pace buses also operate to and from the airport.

CTA buses drop off and pick up at the Midway Transportation Center, the same location as the Midway CTA station.

You can find detailed CTA bus route information on the CTA's website.
You may also plan your trip to Midway using public transit with this Trip Planner.

CTA Bus Routes Serving Midway Aiport

Route Name Route Route Length
Route 47 47th (Between Cicero/Archer and 47th/Lake Park)
Route 54B South Cicero (Between Ford City Mall and Cermak/Kenton)
Route 55 Garfield (Between the Museum of Science & Industry and Midway)
Route 55A South Cicero (Between Austin/65th and Midway)
Route 55N 55th/Austin (Between Austin/65th and Midway)
Route 62N Archer (Between State/Washington and Midway via State, Roosevelt, Halsted, Archer and Cicero)
Route 62H Archer/Harlem (Between 63rd/Archer and Midway)
Route 63 63rd (Between 63rd Street/Stony Island and Midway)
Route 63W West 63rd (Between Archer and Midway)


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