Aurora Location and Transportation


Aurora is the center of the Greater Aurora-Naperville Area, one of the fastest growing, most progressive and prosperous regions in the country. Less than 40 miles west of Chicago, the area encompasses Aurora, Naperville, the tri-cities of Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles, and the fast-growing Kendall and Kane County communities of Oswego, Yorkville, Montgomery, Sugar Grove, Plainfield, North Aurora and Newark. Throughout the area, an efficient transportation network has been designed to ensure maximum mobility while preserving each community’s individuality.

Interstate 88 (Illinois’ Research and Development Corridor) leads to Chicago and neighboring suburbs while offering connections to Indiana and Wisconsin. This broad, clean artery runs east and west through Aurora and connects to the vastly improved Illinois highway and tollway system.

Metra’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway line transports commuters from Aurora to Chicago and points in between. The carrier operates 47 daily commuter trains from the downtown Aurora Transportation Center at affordable rates. Other public transportation options that serve every need include a local Pace suburban bus service that operates more than a dozen routes, Greyhound bus service for longer trips, and a half dozen taxicab companies.

Air transportation is available through O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway Airport (MDW), both within 45 minutes of downtown. Combined, the two airports offer hundreds of daily flights with thousands of connections to destinations around the globe. Additionally, more and more travelers are discovering the advantages of flying out of local airports. They are quick, efficient and convenient. Aurora Municipal Airport (ARR) is no exception — it’s a full-service reliever airport and corporate aircraft facility just eight miles west of downtown. Owned and operated by the City, AMA handles an average of 450 flights daily and operates around the clock.

However, if you’re looking for an alternative to air travel and want to see the country in a whole new way, then you can climb aboard an Amtrak train right here in Aurora.

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