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Airlines

Bicycle Transportation Baggage Restrictions
Transportation Between the Airports and Downtown Chicago


Chicago is served by two major international airports - O'Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW). A unique feature of our events is being able to easily fly into and out of Chicago in order to participate!

Chicago is the only town which we will support flying to or from.

 

 

 

Airlines Serving Each Chicago Airport as of February, 2014
(subject to change without notice)

Airline
O'Hare
Midway
AirTran
X
Alaska
X
American
X
Delta
X
X
Frontier
X
JetBlue
X
Southwest
X
Spirit
X
Sun Country
X
United
X
US Airways
X
Virgin America
X

Bicycle Transportation
All domestic airlines charge an additional fee for you to transport your bike aboard.

It is extremely important to plan ahead before arriving at the airport to avoid any problems by checking the fees, rules, and regulations of each individual airline regarding transporting your bicycle aboard, particularly the weight, size, and allowable types of materials for bicycle shipping containers.

When you arrive at the airport you will need to check your bicycle as baggage and after you arrive at your destination you will need to wait for your bicycle to arrive and claim it at the baggage claim area.

One Way Bicycle Shipment Fees as of February, 2014
(subject to change without notice)

Airline
One Way Fee
AirTran
$75
Alaska
$75
American
$150
Delta
$150
Frontier
$75
JetBlue
$50
Southwest
$75
Spirit
$75
Sun Country
$50
United
$100
US Airways
$200
Virgin America
$50

Baggage Restrictions
It is extremely important to check the policies and procedures of each individual airline regarding baggage, including any fees, size and weight limitations, identification, and any restricted items.

CO2 CARTRIDGES CANNOT BE TRANSPORTED IN ANY AIRCRAFT by the Federal Department of Transportation and FAA and there are NO exceptions to this policy. These are the metal cylinders used in the quick tire inflators (as opposed to a hand operated frame pump). Make sure to leave any CO2 cartridges at home, otherwise you will have to discard them at the airport.

If you must rely on CO2 cartridges to reinflate your flat tires you will need to purchase them at one of our supporting bike shops before the start of the event. If this is not possible we will have a supply of both threaded and unthreaded 16g CO2 cartridges for sale on an emergency basis only.

  • Click Here for more information about our parts and accessories.

Particularly if you are flying to or from our events, we strongly recommend relying on carrying a hand operated frame pump with you while riding to fix flat tires on the road rather than a CO2 quick tire inflator.

  • Click Here for more information about handling flat tires during our events.

Transportation Between the Airports and Downtown Chicago
We will not offer any type of airport shuttle service ourselves so you will need to transport yourself, your baggage, and your bicycle between O'Hare and Midway airports and downtown Chicago the Chicago hotel, transportation staging point(s), or the event starting or ending location yourself.

  • Click Here for more information about in town transportation.

Taxicabs
Taxicabs regularly serve both airports at all times and specific contact information is not necessary. We think taking a minivan (or possibly an SUV) taxicab between the airport and downtown Chicago is the best airport transportation option.

Airport Express
Airport Express

(888) 284-3826

Airport Express is a shuttle van that transports passengers and their baggage between either airport and any location you specify in downtown Chicago.

You will need to make a reservation to use their service before your trip. Click on the link above to make a reservation and for more information about airport pick up/drop off locations, service hours, and prices.

Airport Express can only carry boxed bicycles - they cannot carry any unboxed, fully assembled bicycles.

CTA L Trains
Chicago Transit Authority
(888) YOUR-CTA (968-7282)

  • The Blue Line serves O'Hare airport and operates 24 hours a day, every day. Click Here for more information about the O'Hare airport station schedule.
  • The Orange Line serves Midway airport. Click Here for more information about the Midway airport station schedule.

The train is an efficient travel option if you are only carrying bags and/or an unboxed, fully assembled bicycle but can be difficult if you also have a boxed bicycle, as you must climb up and down stairs and go through turnstiles.

You will also need to transport your bicycle between the baggage claim area and the airport CTA L station as well as between the specific location in downtown Chicago and the specific CTA L station serving that location.

The CTA L train stations are easily accessible at both airports. Locate the signs within the airport directing you to the CTA Rapid Transit Train. Trains leave every few minutes.

  • Click Here for more information about transportation between the airports and downtown Chicago on CTA L trains.

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