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​​ Welcome to Chicago! Once you have arrived at the airport in Chicago, you will have several options for transportation to downtown Chicago, your hotel, apartment, or residence hall.

Transportation Options

  1. Travel by Taxi: To find a taxi, follow signs to ground transportation, exit the terminal, and look for the taxi cab pick-up area which will be marked. The approximate cost is $40-50 USD plus gratuity.

    Avoid Taxi Scams:
    The Chicago Department of Aviation recommends the following when hiring a taxi cab at the airport: Please make sure to use the designated Taxi Stands to ensure you have a licensed taxi driver. Do not accept rides from drivers outside the cab stand or on the departure level (second level) of the terminal roadways. Taxi service is available to the City of Chicago and suburban destinations. All taxis should have a working meter to calculate the fare based on time and mileage. Please click here for more information and for a list of Chicago area licensed taxi companies.

  2. Travel by CTA (metro/subway): If you do not have a lot of luggage and you can carry it easily, then you can take the CTA. The Blue Line train will take you into the center of the city—the Loop. From there you can take a taxi to your final destination. To help plan your trip, you can use the CTA trip planner. You can also find more information about CTA fares and ways to pay.