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Car Rental Chicago Airport O'Hare

Are you looking for a Chicago car rental service? You are in the right place. If you are traveling to Chicago via O’Hare airport, there is a wide selection of vehicle models available for your needs. Chicago is endowed with towering skyscrapers, die hard sports fans and world class museums. Therefore, rental cars are the best means of transportation. Most travelers usually opt to pick up a vehicle from one of the numerous rental companies at the O’Hare international airport.

Picking the right rental car for you

There is wide variety of SUVs, standard rental cars and luxury autos to meet all your needs. If you have any special requirements, you should book a rental car in advance so that the rental car company has time to fulfill your request. Also, you can get additional equipment such as car seats and video screens at nominal charges. You can choose from the following car rental companies; Avis, Alamo, Enterprise, National, Dollar, Hertz and Thrifty. Each of these rental companies offer top notch services to their customers.

The rental vehicle agencies at the Chicago O'Hare airport are situated near the baggage claim regions of terminals 1,2 & 3. If you arrive or depart from terminal 5, you can contact these car rental companies through courtesy telephones. You can also choose to use courtesy buses which offer their services at several drop off and pick up areas. Trying to find the best car rental service is a daunting task. However, you can take advantage of customer service if you want to narrow down your choices.

Booking in advance helps in saving on costs. You should also book early since the choices are limited for last minute renters. The best way to find the finest service is by booking from renowned rental companies. To eliminate excess paperwork, you should book a rental car using the travel agency that booked your flight. The personal accident cover covers your personal effects at a daily minimum fee. Your personal effects need to be covered against damage and loss for the period that the car will be in your possession.

Coaches and shuttles

The shuttle center is located on the ground level in the parking garage. Therefore, this is the main pick up point for regional buses, car rental companies, as well as hotel courtesy buses.

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Airport Data for ORD
Transportation from ORD
Parking Information

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Distance from ORD to: 

  • Chicago city center – 16 miles (25 km)
  • Milwaukee – 80 miles (129 km)
  • Fort Wayne – 180 miles (289 km)
  • Indianapolis – 200 miles (322 km)
  • Detroit – 301 miles (485 km)

Nearest Major Airports: 

  • Chicago Midway Airport – 27 miles (44 km)
  • Gary-Chicago Airport – 43 miles (69 km)
  • Milwaukee Airport – 73 miles (118 km)

Chicago Time Zone: 

  • 6 hours behind  Greenwich Mean Time (GMT –6:00)

Hotels near ORD: 

  • There are 8  hotels within 2 miles (4 km) of Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Facts about ORD:

  • 2nd busiest airport in the world
  • 69.4 million passengers and almost 900,000 aircraft operations in 2008
  • Flights to over 60 foreign destinations
  • Ranked as one of the least punctual airports in US
  • Consistently voted ‘Best Airport in America’

Car Rental Chicago airport:

  • There are 7 car rental companies that serve Chicago O’Hare International Airport
  • Many offer courtesy buses to car rental pick-up/drop-off points
  • Car hire Chicago airport agencies are located in lower levels of Terminals 1,2 & 3
  • Contact car rental kiosks by courtesy phones from Terminal 5

Chicago City Bus:

  • Take bus 250 or 330 to the city center
  • Frequency between 15 & 45 minutes
  • Journey takes about 1 hour

Taxi Service:

  • Available from curb front at all terminals
  • Around 30.00-45.00 USD one-way fare to downtown Chicago
  • Travel time is around 35 – 45 minutes


  • Chicago Transport Authority (CTA) provides fast transportation via the Blue Line
  • Regional Transport Authority (RTA) runs regional buses and trains

Other Transport:

  • 3 operators run shuttle services with frequent services from 5am until 11:45pm
  • One-way fare to city center is 25.00 USD
  • Airport Transit System runs free between the terminals
  • *1.00 USD = 0.70 EUR, 0.60 GBP

Short-Term Parking:

  • Main parking lots A, B & C
  • 1st 10 minutes – free
  • First hour – 2.00 USD
  • Rates up to 30.00 USD per day for “Daily Parking”
  • Rates up to 50.00 USD per day for “Hourly Parking”

Valet Parking:

  • 1st 10 minutes – free
  • First hour – 10.00 USD
  • Rates up to 45.00 USD per day

Long-Term Parking:

  • Economy Lots E, F & G
  • First hour – 2.00 USD
  • Rates up to 16.00 USD per day in lot E
  • Rates up to 9.00 USD per day in lot F
  • Rates up to 13.00 USD per day in lot G
  • *1.00 USD = 0.70 EUR, 0.60 GBP

*Prices, information and exchange rates are as of June 16, 2009