There are a few different public transportation options that make Midway International Airport easily accessible. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is the most economical option. Passengers may also utilize the Pace Bus routes.
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 from downtown via public transit.
The Orange Line train service operates from approximately 4:00 to 4:30 am to approximately 1:00 am 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.
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.
You can transer to buses 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.
You can purchase fare with cash or credit. There are vending machines located outside the station.
For a complete Midway CTA station timetable, please click here.
Specific fare information is available here.
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.
Pace provides bus service throughout the Chicago suburbs and to both Midway and O'Hare International Airports. Seven Pace routes service Midway, and you can check the Pace website to find which route best serves you. Their drop off and pick up locations are conveniently located near the Midway Transportation Center*.
Bags ride free! There are no luggage restrictions on Pace buses. If you're traveling with caged pets, they ride free as well. Check the Pace route map and schedule to help plan your trip.
*If your trip consists of a transfer between a Pace bus and the CTA, you can spend less by purchasing a Pace/CTA electronic fare card which is valid on both systems. If paying cash, you will need to pay $1.75 on the Pace bus and separately pay $2.25 to board the CTA.