There are a few different public transportation options that make O'Hare International Airport easily accessible. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is the most economical option. Passengers may also utilize the Metra and Pace Bus routes.
CTA Blue Line
The CTA offers both train and bus service throughout the City of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. The trains in Chicago are known as the "L," and the
Blue Line trains are the easiest and most affordable way to get to O'Hare via public transit.
The Blue Line offers 24 hour service with more frequent service during weekday morning and evening rush hours. You can also connect to most other CTA lines through the Blue Line. With regularly scheduled arriving and departing trains, you will experience minimal wait times.
June 2021 update: NO Forest Park-bound Blue Line trains O'Hare-Rosemont, midnight to 4am nightly. To see the most up-to-date schedule and timetable, visit the CTA website
Lower level of the parking garage.
You can walk through the pedestrian tunnel from each domestic terminal to reach the station. Just follow the "Trains to City" on the overhead wayfinding signs. From Terminal 5, please take the free shuttle bus from the lower level (door 5E) marked "Terminal 1 follow the "Trains to City" on the overhead way finding signs. The CTA is located near elevator center 4 in the pedestrian tunnel.
You can purchase fare with cash or credit. There are vending machines located outside the station.
For additional information on the CTA, or to view the CTA's trip planning tools and information, visit their website
For specific fare information,
Metra offers commuter train service throughout the Chicagoland area. Metra's North Central Service train line offers weekday service connecting downtown Chicago's Union Station to the north central suburbs, terminating at Antioch.
Travelers coming from O'Hare International Airport terminals can use the
O'Hare Transfer Station to access Metra's North Central Service trains to downtown or the suburbs.
On the northeast side of O'Hare at Zemke and Mannheim Roads.
From the terminals: Take the airport shuttle bus marked "Metra" from the upper level of each domestic terminal or on the lower level of Terminal 5 (Door 5E) to the Metra Station. Additionally, you can take the shuttle bus at the rental car pick-up location on the lower level of each terminal to the Multi-Modal Facility and walk to the Metra station from there. The Metra station is located across the street from the Multi-Modal Facility, on the northeast corner of the building. View more information
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 Lot F and 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.
Construction Alert: The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) advises of ongoing construction of the Lower Level Utility and Pavement Replacement (LLUPR) Project on the Lower Level Roadway at O’Hare International Airport, which will impact traffic in the arrivals lanes near Terminals 1, 2 and 3.
- Buses arrive every 5-15 min
- Bus stops are located on both the upper level and the lower level, depending on the route and terminal:
- Buses to parking lot F and for rental cars stop on upper level
(starting April 1)
- Buses to all terminals and all other remote parking lots (E, G, H) stop on upper level from the domestic terminals (1,2 & 3) and lower level in Terminal 5.
- Buses from the Multi Modal Facility are located on the main level
- Buses are routed to specific terminals and arrive every 5-15 min
If connecting between domestic Terminals 1, 2 & 3, you DON’T have to leave the secured side and take the shuttle buses, you can simply follow the overhead signage to guide you between all domestic terminals.
The CDA is committed to providing a quick and reliable bus shuttle service as the ATS modernization is finalized.
View map of shuttle bus service routes.
Shuttle buses run between the terminals and the O'Hare Transfer Station every 5-7 minutes. Additional shuttle buses are available at the front of the Multi-Modal Facility, located just steps away from the Transfer Station. Buses operate 24/7 and run between the Multi-Modal Facility and each of the terminals.
Tickets can be purchased from the conductor on the train. Metra fares are based on travel between zones. To calculate the price of a ride, use the link below and enter the departure and destination stations along the North Central Line.
Metra Fare Information
North Central Service Line Stations
- Lake Villa
- Round Lake Beach
- Washington St./Grayslake
- Prairie Crossing/Libertyville
- Vernon Hills
- Prairie View
- Buffalo Grove
- Prospect Heights
- O'Hare Transfer Station
- Schiller Park
- Belmont Ave./Franklin Park
- River Grove
- Western Ave
- Union Station
If you would like to view the full North Central Service schedule or plan your trip, please visit the links below.
North Central Service Schedule
Since May 18, 2020, PACE has moved the drop-off/pick-up location from the Economy Lot E to the Multi-Modal Facility, Bus Bay #9. From the Multi-Modal Facility, PACE passengers can take the free, 24 hour airport shuttle buses directly each of the terminals. Upon return, passengers should board a airport shuttle buses from the Lower Level (Baggage Claim) curb front. The digital display on the bus will read "Rental Cars/Parking Lot F" back to the Multi-Modal Facility.
Pace Route 250
Route 250 provides daily service from O'Hare's Multi-Modal Facility to the Des Plaines Metra station and east to downtown Evanston via Dempster Avenue.
Service along this route includes:
- Davis Street CTA Station (access to the CTA Purple Line)
- Skokie Swift CTA Station (access to the CTA Yellow Line)
- Notre Dame and Main East High Schools
- Lutheran General Hospital
For Route 250 destination, fare and schedule information, please
Pace Route 330
Route 330 provides weekday and Saturday service extending from O'Hare to Archer Ave/Harlem Ave in Summit.
Service along this route includes:
- Amtrak/Metra BNSF Line La Grange Road Station
- Quarry Shopping Center
- Countryside Plaza
For Route 330 destination, fare and schedule information, please