Chicago Midway Airport Trains

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Chicago's Midway Airport opened in 1927.
Chicago's Midway Airport opened in 1927. (Image: Scott Olson/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Chicago's Midway Airport is accessible by train through the city's Transit Authority Orange Line. Midway is one of two major airports operated under Chicago's Department of Aviation and is the smaller of the two. Although there is no train service within the airport like there is at O'Hare International Airport, the Orange Line provides passengers with service to and from Midway.

To Midway

The Chicago Transit Authority's Orange rail line travels between downtown Chicago and Midway International Airport. Trains depart the airport and travel in a clockwise direction around what is known as the Chicago Loop, eventually making their way back to the airport. If passengers are downtown, it typically takes about 20 to 25 minutes to get to Midway via the Orange Line. The transit authority provides passengers with bus service on the N62 Archer line during the early morning hours and after 11 p.m. on Sundays.

From Midway

As part of the loop the Orange Line follows from Midway to downtown Chicago and back, passengers also may take the train home from the airport. The same hours and fares apply to passengers whether they are going to or from Midway. To catch the Orange Line from Midway, go just east of the terminal where the line is located in the enclosed walkway. There will be signs that state where the CTA trains to the city are located. Look for the orange line on the airport's floor that leads passengers to the trains.

Traveling Between Airports

For travelers who need to get between Midway and O'Hare airports, the CTA offers a train service. However, travelers must use both the Orange Line that services Midway and the Blue Line, which goes to O'Hare. Passengers leaving Midway should take the Orange Line downtown and transfer to the Blue Line to O'Hare. Passengers can do this at either the Clark/Lake stops downtown, where passengers transfer to the other line for free. The trip from Midway to O'Hare lasts about two hours.

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