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getting from terminal 1 to 5 at o'hare only carry-on baggage

Warsaw, Poland
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getting from terminal 1 to 5 at o'hare only carry-on baggage

I have a question about the time required to change at transfer connection. I arrive at the terminal 1 and fly out from Terminal 5. I will have only carry-on luggage.

San Diego
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1. Re: getting from terminal 1 to 5 at o'hare only carry-on baggage

Time required will depend on if you are arriving from Europe or from another USA city.

IF you are arriving from Europe you will have to go through immigration and customs and probably a security check before going to the next terminal. As a USA citizen who only travels with carryons I like to have 2 hrs. between flights when I arrive home from Europe in the SAME terminal so I'd suggest that you might want more time as a foreign national who needs to change terminals.

Chicago
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2. Re: getting from terminal 1 to 5 at o'hare only carry-on baggage

I think the OP is doing a domestic to international transfer, not the other way around.

Basically you need to head towards baggage claim with the rest of the passengers and then take the airport tram to Terminal 5, where you will need to reclear security. The actual tram ride will only take a few minutes, most if your time will be spent getting to the tram and going through security.

This also presumes you are travelling on one ticket. If you are on separate tickets and need to check in for your international flight that would add extra time.

San Diego
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3. Re: getting from terminal 1 to 5 at o'hare only carry-on baggage

OOPs! Sorry I got it backwards! I was thinking 5 to 1 not the other way around.

Chicago, Illinois
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4. Re: getting from terminal 1 to 5 at o'hare only carry-on baggage

If you are on one ticket and are checked in for the whole trip at your initial point of departure then figure an hour to make the transfer. That's from walking off the plane to being at the gate in T5. It could be a lot shorter if the security line in T5 is short, but probably won't be longer than an hour. I would want a connection of 2-3 hours, or even longer since this is an international flight, to allow for delays. Domestic flights to and from Chicago unfortunately have a lot of delays.

5. Re: getting from terminal 1 to 5 at o'hare only carry-on baggage

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