How to Reach Chicago, Illinois

The Easiest Way to Reach Chicago


  • By Air: Chicago’s two airports are the O'Hare International Airport northwest side of the city, and the smaller Midway Airport south of the downtown area. From either airport, you can take a rental car, shuttle bus or taxi.
  • By Train: Chicago is well connected to almost every major city of USA via rail and for good reason, historically, the city was the rail hub of the entire nation.  
  • By Bus: Busses connect Chicago, Illinois to many major cities of USA. Busses at regular intervals connect the city to Davenport, Omaha, Iowa, East Lansing, Atlanta, Nashville, New York and many other cities.
  • By Road: Chicago is connected to the rest of the state and country via major highways like  I-55 (Stevenson Expressway), I-90/94 (The Dan Ryan), I-90 (The Kennedy) and  I-94 (Edens Expressway). 


  • By Metro: Metro connects all the neighbourhoods of Chicago and is a convenient mode to travel by. Best way to explore the city is; book your favourite Chicago tours and they may provide transportations also.
  • By Bus: The bus system of the city is really well planned and the busses connect almost every major Chicago attraction to each other.
  • By Train: There are a few train stations in Chicago. However, it is not a preferred way to travel within the city.
  • By Car: One can rent a car and drive around Chicago.
  • By Taxi: Having the least expensive fair in the nation, taxis can be hailed from anywhere in the city.
  • By Bicycle: Chicago has designated and dedicated bicycle paths that make it easier for cyclists to explore the city at their own pace.
  • Water Taxi: To travel around the fringes of downtown Chicago, water taxis prove to be convenient.

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Modes of Transportation in Chicago

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in Chicago. The most preferred mode of transport in Chicago is Car.

Average distance: 23.19 km Average time: 43.39 min

  • Car 56.25%
    Driving 42.53 min Walking 0.62 min Overall average time for 29.24 kms 43.16 min
  • Train/Metro 11.25%
    Train 33.33 min Walking 7.56 min Waiting 2.33 min Driving 0.22 min Overall average time for 21.28 kms 43.44 min
  • Bus/Trolleybus 2.5%
    Bus 27.5 min Walking 7.5 min Waiting 2.5 min Overall average time for 8.57 kms 37.5 min
  • Walking 20%
    Walking 32.5 min Train 6.56 min Driving 5.5 min Waiting 1.5 min Overall average time for 9.7 kms 46.06 min
  • Bike 2.5%
    Bike 14 min Walking 0.5 min Overall average time for 3.22 kms 14.5 min
  • Tram/Streetcar 1.25%
    Tram 60 min Waiting 20 min Overall average time for 53.11 kms 80 min
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