The O’Hare Airport Transit System (ATS or “people mover) is closed 24/7 to finalize modernization efforts and expansion of the system.
In order to maintain a travel connection between all of O’Hare’s terminals and parking lots, the CDA will operate shuttle buses to transport passengers and employees between terminals (Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 5) and from the terminals to each economy parking lot (Lots E, G, H); the Multi-Modal Facility, where rental cars are housed; and the Metra O’Hare Transfer station. The buses will operate continuously to ensure prompt and reliable service while the ATS is closed.
If connecting between domestic Terminals 1, 2 & 3, you DON’T have to take the shuttle buses, you can walk. Simply follow in-airport signage.
The CDA is committed to providing a quick and reliable bus shuttle service as the ATS modernization is finalized. The new ATS is scheduled to open in time for the 2019 Winter holiday travel season.
Look for this sign when trying to locate the Transit System.
The Airport Transit System (ATS) is a quick and convenient way to get around O'Hare International Airport. An overall modernization to the ATS is underway to upgrade technology and enhance performance of the existing 25-year-old system. These improvements include the addition of a larger new fleet of cars, that will double capacity of the system, providing passengers a faster and more streamlined connection throughout the airport. In the next year, the recently opened Multi-Modal Facility (MMF) will incorporate an extension of the ATS to service a new train station on the second floor of the building.
An expanded and modernized ATS will benefit O'Hare travelers moving between the terminals, economy parking lots and the new MMF. The new system is scheduled to be completed by Fall 2019.
Terminal Transfer Bus (TTB)
The International Terminal 5 is not connected to the domestic terminals and is accessible via the Airport Transit System (ATS). If you arrive on a domestic flight and must connect to an international flight departing from Terminal 5, you have two options: 1.) you can take the ATS and pass through the security check point in Terminal 5 or 2.) you can take a Terminal Transfer Bus (TTB) from Terminals 1 and 3 to Terminal 5 and bypass the security check point in Terminal 5.
The Terminal Transfer Bus service is year round with operation hours as follows: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm.
If you are arriving into the domestic terminals and need to collect your luggage (exit the security side of the airport) and recheck in T5, you will not be able to use this service.
Terminal Transfer Bus (TTB) Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 Pickup Locations
- Gate B1
- Gate G17
- Gate K20
- Gate L24
If you arrive at O'Hare on an international flight and have a connecting domestic flight, you will arrive at Terminal 5 you will not be able to use the TTB.