Buses to and from Chicago Airport (ORD)
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is one of the busiest and most important airports in the world. It serves the city of Chicago, in the Illinois state of North America, and is located mainly in Cook County, but also partly in DuPage County. The airport is approximately 17 miles from the Chicago Loop. Passengers have access to a wide choice of ground transportation options, including the Chicago O’Hare International Airport buses. There are several airport buses available, many of which serve downtown Chicago and Chicago hotels, while others are regional airport buses, travelling to and from further locations. Chicago O’Hare Airport shuttles also provide a link to the ATS of the airport, and to the CTA Blue Line trains.
Chicago O’Hare International Airport is used by over 60 million passengers per annum, and is considered as the fourth largest international air gateway to the United States. It is a hub for the airline companies of American Airlines and United Airlines, that handle the majority of the airport’s passengers. There are four terminal buildings at Chicago O’Hare Airport, each with their own concourses. They are referred to as Terminal 1, Terminal 2, Terminal 3 and Terminal 5, or the International Terminal. Terminal 4, located on the ground floor of the main parking garage of the airport, was previously used for check-in services, but since the opening of Terminal 5, it has been designated as the airport’s facility for ground transportation. Many of the regional airport buses, CTA buses and hotel shuttles operate from this ‘terminal’ area. Transfers between the passenger terminals of Chicago O’Hare Airport are possible on the ATS, or Airport Transit System, a long automated people mover system. The ATS connects the terminals to the remote parking areas, the Metra Station and the PACE bus stop as well.
An easy way to reach the airport is to use the Kiss ‘n’ Fly parking area, and take the PACE airport bus to the Airport Transit System, which in turn shuttles passengers to their terminal of departure. To reach the Kiss ‘n’ Fly area from the I-90, motorists should take the International Terminal exit, turn left at the traffic light on Bessie Coleman Drive and follow the signs to the Kiss ‘n’ Fly entrance.
Chicago O’Hare International Airport buses to downtown Chicago and the Chicago Midway International Airport
The Go Airport Express is one of the main airport shuttles for arriving and departing passengers at Chicago O’Hare Airport. They offer one-way and round-trip services from the airport to many Chicago hotels, downtown businesses and other city locations. This bus is available from 06:00 to 23:30, and departs every ten to fifteen minutes from outside the baggage reclaim areas (Lower Level) of the domestic and international terminals. Ticket counters for the Go Airport Express buses can be found at Door 1E nearby baggage reclaim 6 in Terminal 1, at Door 2E nearby the Jet Blue Baggage Claim in Terminal 2, at Door 3E nearby baggage claim 9 in Terminal 3 and just outside of Door 5E in Terminal 5. Go Airport Express has a website at http://www.airportexpress.com for further information.
Coach USA Wisconsin and the Omega Airport Shuttle are two of the Chicago O’Hare International Airport bus services which can be used for travel between the airports of Chicago O’Hare and Chicago Midway. Coach USA has hourly bus services to the Chicago Midway Airport from 08:00 to 22:00, at a one-way fare of $23.00 and a round-trip fare of $43.00, while the Omega Airport Shuttle offers hourly services from 07:00 to 23:45, with a one-way fare of $45.00. Passengers are advised to allow at least an hour for travel time between the two airports.
Coach USA also provides airport bus routes from Waukesha, Milwaukee and Kenosha, with a free Park ‘N Ride service at the Coach USA Bus Terminal at 4960 S 13th Street, Milwaukee. Passengers may park here for free for up to fourteen days when using the airport shuttle. Coach USA’s official website can be found at http://www.coachusa.com. Additional bus services from Omega Airport Shuttle include an hourly route from Hyde Park to Chicago O’Hare Airport, between 05:00 and 23:45, and from South Side to the O’Hare Airport, for $19.00 per person. The website of this bus company can be found at http://www.omegashuttle.com.
The PACE Chicago O’Hare International Airport bus, besides serving the Kiss ‘n’ Fly area, provides a connection to many of the CTA Blue Line stations, from where passengers can take trains to the airport. Their bus services, combined with the train trip, are also the least expensive way to reach the airport. It will cost just $1.75 to board a PACE bus, and just $2.25 to board the CTA Blue Line. By purchasing a PACE/CTA electronic fare card the journey will cost even less. There are also no baggage restrictions on PACE buses or charges for luggage loaded, and caged pets may travel for free. The PACE Route 250 (Dempster Street) takes passengers from Chicago O’Hare Airport to downtown Evanston. The bus provides a connection with the Des Plaines Metra Station, the Davis Street Purple Line CTA Station and the Skokie Swift CTA Yellow Line Station. Another route available is the 330, serving the LaGrange, Bellwood and Mannheim Metra Stations. The PACE website is available at http://www.pacebus.com.
Chicago O’Hare International Airport buses to regional destinations
A large number of regional airport buses are available to passengers of Chicago O’Hare Airport. They are mainly available from the Bus/Shuttle Centre of the airport’s elevated parking garage, which is the central pick-up facility for many of the airport bus services, however, certain regional buses may collect passengers at Terminal 5 as well. The companies offering regional bus services include Act II Transportation (to Davenport and Iowa), Coach USA/Tri-State/United Limo (to Crestwood, Merrillville, Highland, Gary, Michigan City, South Bend and Notre Dame), Coach USA/Van Galder (to Rockford, Janesville, Madison and South Beloit), Coach USA/Wisconsin Coach Lines (to various locations in Wisconsin), Express Air Coach (to W. Lafayette and Indiana) and LEX Lincolland Express with services between Chicago O’Hare Airport and Kankakee, Rantoul, Decatur, Springfield and Mattoon-Charleston.
Passengers may contact the Landside Operations office for further details regarding the Chicago O’Hare International Airport buses, at (773) 686-8040.