Taking your bike to Chicago's airports

You can easily bring your bicycle to or from both Chicago airports by using the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). CTA's Blue Line goes directly to O'Hare Airport; the Orange Line goes directly to Midway Airport. For more information about biking to the airports, visit the Bike to the Airport site.

Bicycles are permitted on trains every weekday except from 7 AM to 9 AM and 4 PM to 6 PM. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, bicyles are allowed on trains all day. If you board the train with your bicycle before the hours listed above and your trip extends into those hours, the CTA allows you to finish your trip. If trains are crowded, the use of trains by cyclists may be restricted by the train operator as appropriate. Find the latest information about CTA's Bike & Ride program.

  • When entering a rail station, notify the Customer Assistant or security guard that you are there with your bicycle. When available, use the accessible turnstile with the swing gate to pay your fare and enter with your bicycle. If a swing gate is not available, CTA staff will open an access gate to allow you to enter after you have paid at a faregate and swung the turnstile.
  • Do not attempt to enter or exit with your bicycle through the tall steel barrier gates. It will get caught! Do not attempt to exit through the exit-only Rotogates. You will get caught alongside your bike.
  • To reach the platform level, use the elevators whenever they are available. Otherwise, carry your bicycle on ramps and stairways, allowing other customers to clear before you go up or down the stairs. Bicycles are not permitted on escalators.
  • When a train is approaching or leaving, stand clear of the platform edge. If the train is too crowded, please wait for the next one. Let other passengers board and alight first.
  • Before boarding, check to see if other cyclists are present on the train car. Only two (2) bicycles are allowed per car.
    NOTE: On the Blue Line, do NOT board cars with folding doors. Each Blue Line train has at least two cars with sliding doors and green bicycle symbols next to the doors.
  • Once on a train car, stand near either end of the train car. Stand by your bicycle and hold on to it at all times. Never block the aisle or doors. Do not use your bicycle kickstand inside stations or on train cars.

Arriving at O'Hare CTA station (Blue Line):

  • The CTA has limited indoor bicycle parking at the station, one level up from the platform.
  • If you're not locking up here, walk your bike to your destination.
  • Do not ride your bike through the hallways and corridors; do not bring your bike on moving walkways.
  • Look at the signs above to find the terminal you need.

Arriving at Midway CTA station (Orange Line):

  • The CTA has extensive indoor and outdoor bicycle parking at the station.
  • If you're not locking up here, walk your bike to your destination.
  • Do not ride your bike through the station, hallways and corridors; do not bring your bike on moving walkways.
  • The bus transfer area is at ground level, which is one level up from train platform level.
  • To continue to the airport terminal, exit the CTA station and go up one level to the airport passenger walkway.

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