Chicago’s O’Hare Airport (ORD) is a massive complex with 213 gates covering Terminals 1, 2, 3 & 5 (here’s why there’s no Terminal 4 at O’Hare). Passengers have many ways to get between terminals. Terminals 1, 2 and 3 have pedestrian connections on the secure side of the airport. That’s important if you have a connecting flight because you don’t have to go back through a TSA Security checkpoint.
However things have been complicated if you needed to get to/from Terminal 5, as there’s no airside connection to the rest of the airport. To get between Terminal 5 and Terminals 1, 2, and 3, you had to take the landside Airport Transit System (ATS).
Finally, as of March 1st, leaving the secure airside zone is no longer necessary, as the O’Hare Terminal Transfer Bus is back.
The interterminal bus was stopped in 2020 because of the pandemic. Now that the service is back, passengers can travel between Terminal 5 to Terminals 1 and 3.
The Terminal Transfer Bus is officially back in service! Connecting passengers can quickly transfer from core Terminals 1, 2 and 3 to Terminal 5 without having to leave security. Service operates every 15 minutes from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Learn more: https://t.co/tKWMMs1IPC pic.twitter.com/gVAOkHdW2A
— O'Hare Intl. Airport (@fly2ohare) March 1, 2023
The Terminal Transfer Bus runs every 15 minutes between 11:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Two bus routes transport passengers in each direction. One bus runs from Terminal 1, Gate B1, and the other stops at Terminal 3 gates G17 and K20. The Terminal 5 location is located at Gate M13.
CDA Commissioner Jamie L. Rhee commented, “After having to suspend this service due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Terminal 5 construction, I’m happy to say that we’re again ready to whisk connecting passengers from our core terminals to the newly renovated and expanded T5.”
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Cover Photo (cropped for size) “Concourse at O’Hare International Airport near gates B11 and B12″ by Chris Rycroft is licensed under CC BY 2.0
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