Planning a trip to Chicago? Use this guide to plan a car-free visit to the Windy City and find hotels, attractions and things to do that are convenient to rail stations.
Things to Know
- Chicago has city rail service (also called the “L”) and buses operated by CTA. Other transit options include Metra commuter trains, water taxis and Divvy bike rentals.
- Only two CTA rail lines operate 24 hours (red and blue)
- Not all CTA stations are handicap-accessible (including many stations in the Loop)
- It’s very easy to ride the train to and from the airport (shorter commute to/from Midway)
Additionally, CTA and Metra schedules are integrated with Google Maps so you can get transit and walking directions to a specific destination.
Chicago Arrival Options
O’Hare International Airport
Train connection to downtown Chicago via the blue line.
Midway International Airport
Train connection to downtown Chicago via the orange line.
Chicago Union Station + Megabus
Just across the river from the Chicago Loop, Chicago’s Union Station is the major Amtrak hub and Megabus stop. Walk a couple blocks to connect with CTA rail or choose from several Metra train options.
View the list of top Chicago attractions to get transit directions and travel tips.
Explore the popular CTA stations to find restaurants, bars and more near your hotel or sightseeing destinations.