Getting to Chicago from O'Hare Airport

Coming to a new city can be scary and stressful, especially if you’re unsure of how you’re going to get to where you need to be. Even if you’re someone who plans carefully, there may be other options that you might’ve missed while planning your trip. This post will briefly highlight a few ways to get from Chicago’s O’Hare airport into the heart of the city.

O’Hare International Airport is very big and incredibly busy. Therefore, knowing exactly where you need to go once you land is important so that you don’t get lost in an unfamiliar environment. While there are a ton of different options that you can consider in terms of getting from the airport to downtown Chicago, here are the most convenient options:

Chicago airport

Shuttles and Buses

There are a few different shuttles and bus routes that operate in and around the airport, making it easier to get to and from the city.

Go Airport Express

These shuttles offer daily rides that are shared as well as non-shared options. They not only provide door-to-door service but they also run every 10-15 minutes to and from the airport, making it the most convenient in terms of time.

You have the option to plan your trip on their website and with their current promotion you’re eligible to receive $7 off your first ride.

Chicago airport

Regional Buses

If you’re looking to get from O’Hare to the outskirts of Chicago then there are various regional buses that will take you to areas in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin.

  • Act II Transportation
  • Coach USA Airport Supersaver
  • Coach USA/Van Galder
  • Coach USA/Wisconsin Coach Line
  • Express Air Coach
  • PCC/Peoria Charter Coach

The Bus and Shuttle Centre are both located on Level 1 of the Main Parking Garage and is a central pickup location. The bus fares start at about $50. You can use book your tickets here depending on where you need to go:


If you don't like buses then perhaps taking a train will be much easier for you. There are rapid transit trains that will take you in and around the city. In fact the trains that run on the blue line run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will take about 40-45 minutes to get into the city. The trains will cost you on average $5.

For more information on train schedules and fares, here's a quick link:


If you’re not a fan of taking public transportation, then simply hailing a taxi could work out for you as well. The good thing is, that there are designated taxi stands on the lower level right outside of the baggage claim so chances are that you probably won’t have to wait long to get a taxi.

Average Prices:

  • Fares are based on traffic conditions but usually range between $30-$40 (USD)
  • Shared ride services are about $24 per person (USD)

Rental Cars

The most expensive option on this list is renting a car to get from the airport to downtown. Depending on how long you plan to stay in the city, renting a car will cost you anywhere between $40-$300. The list below has the various rental companies that are available for you to choose from:


If none of the above options work for you then perhaps calling an Uber will get you to your destination the fastest. Not only is it quick but it’s also reliable and easy. The price will depend on the time of day along with where you need to go but there are many discount codes available especially for first time users.

It doesn't matter what option you choose, but it helps to plan in advance. Hopefully with this guide, you won't be stuck or scrambling last minute to get where you need to be.