ORD Terminal Connections | iFlyer Forum

Chicago OHare (ORD) Airport

ORD Forum Home

Got a tip about ORD airport? You've come to the right place for help on getting to, through, and between Chicago OHare airport . Share your experiences with others, or post a question and get notified when there is a response.

Discussion Topics
Last Post

  • Plane change time short
    May 30, 2014
    I'm flying from Seattle, WA to Burlington, VT with only 45 minutes to change planes in Chicago. Both legs on United. enough tome for checked luggage?


    Yes, if your first flight is on-time that should be enough time. All United gates at ORD are connected inside security.


    You should not have to claim and recheck your baggage in Chicago. It will be checked in Seattle to your final destination and the same on the way back unless I am wrong?


  • Baggage
    May 17, 2014
    Hi. I've booked a single ticket flying from Memphis to London, UK via Chicago with United. Should I make my flight, but my baggage does not, how will I get my baggage? Alternatively if I miss my flight, what if my baggage goes ahead to London without me? How do I pick it up? I only have a 1h 2min layover (the airline assured me id be okay) and I need to get from terminal 2 to 1. Will there be staff around to tell me ASAP where to go? Never connected or been to Chicago before and very afraid of missing my flight as the next one to London is the next day and United have told me they "won't necessarily put me up in a hotel" :(


    You arrive at T2, Concourse F. exit the Concourse and look for signs to Terminal 1 at east end. At T1 you head to either Concourse B or C with corresponding gates (your boarding pass & overhead screens will indicate flight & gate numbers. You have plenty of time & your bags will automatically be transferred.


    You should have plenty of time if your first flight is on-time. United flies multiple flights a day on Chicago-London. If you are not already booked on the last one of the day you will be rebooked on a later one if your first flight is late.


  • Transfer within 50min from local to international
    May 14, 2014
    I am coming from st louis (AA1186) airport and it reaches Chicargo at 19.55 and my second flight to Doha (QR722) at 20.45. What are the steps i have to taken while tranfering. i am having a student having foreign passport 2 luggages (2 of 50lb)


    From what gate what


    All you will have to do in ORD is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate which will both be in Terminal 3. AA should be able to issue your Qatar Airways boarding pass in STL and your bags will checked through to DOH. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time.


    If my first flight is late, say about 15 min, what can I do, will qatar flight wait ? Do I have to get by both boarding passes at STL air port or online?


    You will probably have to go to the AA counter in STL to get your Qatar Airways boarding pass (I'm not 100% up to date on aa.com's capabilities). If you are 15 mins late you should still have enough time, but not much more than that. The Qatar flight will likely not wait for you. If you miss your connection you'll have to spend the night in Chicago.


  • is 45 minutes enough between term 1 & 2 if flying international?
    May 13, 2014
    I will be arriving in terminal 1 and need to be in terminal2 45 minutes later for an international flight? How should I get there fastest? Is 45 minutes enough time? I do not have to go through security again, correct? Thank you


    Terminals 1 and 2 are connected by a walkway inside security - it is fastest to use this walkway. Are you sure you're leaving from 2? The only international flights that leave from 2 are United Express flights to Canada, Mexico, and the Bahamas, and Air Canada flights.


  • 65 mins connection
    May 14, 2014
    I'm flying from toronto to ord on AA arriving 12:00 then have AA flight at 1:05 to nashville TN. Do you think that's enough time. I booked the flights together as a YYZ to BNA


    Yes, if your first flight is on-time that should be plenty of time. Both flights will be in Terminal 3 and all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Thanks do I have to get my luggage or does the airline transfer it?


  • walking from T1 concourse B to C
    May 11, 2014
    How long will it take to walk from Terminal 1, Concourse B to C? I am flying United to ORD, then connecting to LHR with a 1 1/2 hour layover


    At ORD, Concourse C is a separate building, connected at its center by a walkway to the center of Concouse B). You have enough time for transfer.


    Walking from B to C takes less than 10 minutes.


  • 1 hr connection time flying from Arizona then to Dublin
    May 11, 2014
    Will 1 hour be enough time to make a connection-I am flying from Arizona with 1 hr. in Chicago then on to Dublin same airlines the entire way


    What airlines are you flying?




    Yes, that should be enough time. Both flights will be in Terminal 3 and all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    May 16, 2014
    I am flying from St. Louis to O'Hare then on to Brussels on United. I only have 45 minutes between flights. I don't know if the STL_ORD flight lands in terminal 1 or 2. The ORD-BRU flight leave sfrom terminal 1. If I change terminals, will I have to go through airport security again?


    No, if you arrive in Terminal 2 you can walk to Terminal 1 inside security via a walkway. If your first flight is on-time you should have enough time but hurry!


    Thanks for the info.


    Did you make it? I have a similar situation


    I don't fly until next week. I'll let you know


    May 5, 2014
    On 28th July, i will be flying from HKG to ORD with CX, arriving at 13:50. the connecting UA flight to Raleigh/Durham departs at 16:18. I am travelling with British passport. It's a friday afternoon. Will i have enough time to make the connection? the 2 flights are booked separately so i am worried that i cant make the connection! but the late night flight out ORD to RDU is too expensive


    You should have enough time. You will have to take your bag with you on the ATS train to Terminal 1 and check it there (including paying a bag fee). However, it doesn't hurt to ask in Hong Kong if the can check your bag through to RDU as Cathay and United do have an Interline baggage agreement. If they can then you can re-check your bag in Terminal 5 after customs.


    thanks very much. just worried about the queues for passport control for international visitors. What if i missed the connection? my ticket is non-refundable class. is there any chance that UA will allow me to board the next flight to RDU if they have seats left? thanks very much


    Yes, they generally would allow you to stand by for a later flight.


  • Connection from ORDT5-ORDT3
    May 14, 2014
    I am flying with BA to ORD, then connecting to flight BA4668 (American Eagle) to Bradley CT. I have 2 hours between flights. Will my hold baggage be transferred automatically on to the flight to Bradley, or will I have to collect it and check it in again at the Republic Airlines check in desk at T3? Also will I clear customs and passport control at ORD or when I arrive at Bradley CT?


    On arrival at ORD, you need to go through passport check, retrieve checked bags, go through customs clearance and - if transferring to another flight - re-check-in bag; (at this point check overhead screens for your connecting flight & gate number - then proceed up one level to the Airport Transit System (ATS) station and take the ATS train, which runs every few minutes, to your connecting terminal, where you need to go through security check before proceeding to your connecting gate.


    Note that you will re-check your bags with American Airlines, not Republic (there are no Republic check-in counters).


    Samay and Zap, I never saw your reply in time - I wish I had, however, thank you so much as the procedure was exactly as you described. Travellers beware, although Passport control was quick, I had to wait 30 minutes for my checked baggage, once rechecked it took another 15 minutes via ATS to get from T5 - T3 security, then another 15 minutes to clear security, before going to gate. Total time transfer time was approx 1 hour 15 minutes, but that was with no problems. I would recommend a MINIMUM of 2 hours - more if possible to have a better chance of making your connection. The return was easier as it was not necessary to re-check my hold baggage, it went all the way to the final destination.


  • From LON-ORD-CID, 2 hrs connection time
    Apr 29, 2014
    I am a British passport holder traveling on ESTA authorization. I have a connection from London to Cedar Rapids at Chicago for 2 hrs. Would that be enough time for immigration. customs and re-check in for CID flight. Both flights are on United airlines


    Yes, that should be enough time. You will arrive in Terminal 5 where you will clear US Immigration, claim your bags, clear US Customs, and then re-check your bags with United. Then you will take the ATS Train to Terminal 1 or Terminal 2 (your flight will likely depart from Terminal 1) where you will go through security and to your departure gate.


  • lax-Chicago-London
    Apr 29, 2014
    My flight (British airways operated by American airlines) will arrive from los Angeles to chicago at 15:35.. I will have to make a connection for flight to London at 18:10. Do I need to change terminals and go through security again? If so - is it enough time? I would also like to meet with a friend there. Whivh terminal would be better for a brief meeting? Thanks


    Is your ORD-LHR flight operated by American or British Airways. If it is operated by American you will not have to change terminals as both flights will be in Terminal 3. If it is operated by British Airways you can either take a shuttle that British Airways operates on the secure side or take the ATS train between terminals and go through security in Terminal 5. It would probably be best to meet your friend in Terminal 3 as it is easier for people from Chicago to get to. You should have plenty of time in either instance, although not much time for your meeting.


  • 1hr connecting Terminal 2 to 3
    Apr 28, 2014
    Hi, I am flying from Edmonton, Canada to Chicago on Air Canada (United Express) arriving in Terminal 2 at 12:10pm, then departing to Philadelphia on AA4247 from Terminal 3 at 1:30pm. Philadelphia is not my final location, only another connection on the way to Lisbon, Portugal. Is 1hr enough time to get from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3? Will our bags be transferred on their own or will we need to collect them? Do we even need to go through customs if neither the starting nor final destination is in the USA? Thanks!


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Edmonton. Were your tickets purchased together or separately. If together they should be checked through to Lisbon and you won't have to do anything in O'hare, but if they can't be because you purchased separately, one hour is not enough time.


    The tickets were purchased at the same time, so it's good to hear we will be okay. We are trying to only have carry-ons anyways! Thanks for your help!


  • where you clear customs
    Apr 24, 2014
    I am flying from Frankfurt, making a connection in Toronto and continuing to Chicago. Do I clear customs in Toronto or Chicago? I'm using Lufthansa to Toronto and Air Canada to Chicago.


    You will clear US Immigration in Toronto at the pre-clearance facility. You will not have to go through Canadian Immigration since both flights are in Terminal 1. Follow the signs towards US Flights upon arrival in Toronto.


  • 45 minutes in ORD
    May 7, 2014
    Toronto - ORD on JAL flight 7451 (Operated by Envoy Air AS American Eagle for AA) 45 minute layover ORD - Tokyo on JAL flight 9 What's the likelihood I make this connection?


    If your first flight is on-time it should be pretty easy. Both flights will be in Terminal 3 and all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate, which shouldn't take more than 10 minutes. You will pre-clear US Immigration in Toronto.


    I am planning on booking the exact same flight path for the end of the month. Can you please let me know how it goes! I'm extremely worried about the short layover time. Thanks!!!


Google Plus One