Transfer to/from Chicago Midway airport (MDW)

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Public transport options, licensed taxis and rideshare, buses, coaches and car hire services in Chicago Midway airport (MDW)

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Bus - There are numerous services to the city centre and the suburbs that can be boarded at the transportation center, connected to the terminal through a covered walkway. There are also regional buses that transport passengers to different areas in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin.
In addition, Go Airport Express (Tel +1 888 284 3826) provides door-to-door shuttles between the city airports and most neighbourhoods, with a frequency of 10-15 minutes. Vehicles depart from door 3, on the lower level of the Arrivals area. The trip to downtown Chicago takes around 30 min.

Train - The Orange Line from CTA (Tel +1 312 836 7000) operates from 4:00 am to 1:00 am to the city centre, with connections to most other lines and stops at Pulaski, Kedzie, Ashland, Halsted, Roosevelt, Quincy and Wabash. Journey time is 20-25 minutes and the fare is USD2.50. The airport station is located in the transportation center, to the east of the terminal.

Taxi - Ranks are found in front of the terminal, on the lower level, and cabs have meters. Rides to downtown Chicago cost around USD35.00-40.00, with a trip of 20-40 minutes, depending on traffic. You can also take a shared service with fixed fares (USD18.00 to the city centre). Available operators are: American United Cab (Tel +1 773 327 6161), Blue Ribbon (Tel +1 773 508 9100), Checker Taxi (Tel +1 312 243 2537), Chicago Carriage Cab (Tel +1 312 326 2221), Choice Taxi (Tel +1 773 338 9503), 5 Star Taxi (Tel +1 773 866 9933), Flash Cab (Tel +1 773 561 1444), Globe Taxi (Tel +1 773 725 6500), Gold Coast Taxi (Tel +1 773 271 0163), King Drive Cab (Tel +1 773 488 8000), KOAM Taxi (Tel +1 773 973 3535), Royal 3 CCC Chicago Taxi (Tel +1 312 326 2221), Service Taxi (Tel +1 773 262 2163), Sun Taxi (Tel +1 773 736 3390), 24 Seven Taxi (Tel +1 773 944 0350), Yellow Cab (Tel +1 312 829 4222).

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Public buses:

CTA (Tel +1 312 836 7000) - Fares: USD2.25.
47 - From Cicero to Lake Park along 47th Street.
54B - Between Ford City Mall and Cermak/Kenton.
55 - To the Museum of Science and Industry, stopping at Garfield.
55A/55N - To Austin and 65th Street.
62H - Runs along Archer, Cicero, Harlem and 63th Street.
62N - Night service to State/Washington through Roosevelt, Halsted, Archer and Cicero.
63 - To Kedzie, Ashland, Cottage Grove and Stony Island along 63th Street.
63W - Heads for Archer, stopping at Narragansett.

Pace Bus (Tel +1 847 364 7223) - Fares: USD2.00.
379 - Ford City Mall, Moraine Valley Community College, Orland Square Mall.
382 - Ford City Mall, Oak Park, Pulaski.
383 - Ford City Mall, Cicero, Oak Forest Health Center, Rivercrest Shopping Center.
384 - Ford City Mall, Narragansett, Natchez.
385 - Ford City Mall, Moraine Valley Community College, Rivercrest Shopping Center.
386 - Stops at Harlem and Devry University.
390 - Between Cicero and 47th Street and UPS Hodgkins.

Regional buses:

Act II Transportation (Tel +1 800 769 8891 / 309 799 8891) - Serves Quad Cities, Davenport, Iowa and O'Hare Airport.
Coach USA (Tel +1 800 248 8747 / 800 747 0994) - Runs to Crestwood, Highland, Portage, Michigan, South Bend, Notre Dame, Rockford, South Beloit, Janesville, Madison.
Peoria Charter (Tel +1 800 448 0572) - Provides services to Joliet, Pontiac, Normal, Morton and Peoria.
River Valley Metro Mass Transit (Tel +1 815 937 4287) - Travels to Kankakee County and eastern Illinois, all the way to Bourbonnais.

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Latest updates: November 06, 2018

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Transportation Tips to/from the airport?

 
While there are issues that seem more than obvious, it is always advisable to take into account when moving from or to the airport, and especially if you go on some public transport.
 
 1- To the airport - It is convenient to go out with a little more anticipation than you would commonly suggest. If you choose a taxi or a private car service, always keep in mind peak transit times, demonstrations, strikes or events that may take more or less the trip to the airport from where you are. It is always good to be informed about what happens in the place where you find yourself.
If you have a shared transfer service, please have a contact Tel in case of any delay on the part of the company. In these cases, a scheduled collection schedule is already in tenter.
If you are using public transport (bus, train), have the schedules (weekends and holidays usually have fewer frequencies), if you have to transfer and also how to board (if you need a card or boarding pass or paying at the moment to the driver or rider). These are details that seem obvious, but it is advisable to know not to have surprises and suffer a delay that could bring complications.
If you rent a car to get to the airport check well, where you must leave the vehicles. In some airports, there is an exclusive parking lot for rental cars.
 
 2 -From the airport- here is a little less stressful as you don't have the pressure to miss the flight. In the worst case you will arrive later to the place where you are going to stay or to the meeting point where you try to arrive. Once you get out of the plane, pick up your suitcase and finish with the required arrival procedures. Then you have to look for the public transport signs or consult the airport staff. It is very useful to inform the timetables of the buses in case you arrive late at night. Not all of them work 24 hours a day. The same goes for taxis. If you have hired a private car service, keep ready the mobile app to contact the driver. Some transport services hired, have a person waiting for you, identified with a sign.
If you rent a car to go from the airport to your final destination, for more peace of mind it is recommended to reserve it earlier. Rental counters are usually available at arrivals hall.