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There are 7 ways to get from Cleveland to Chicago by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly Cleveland to Chicago Midway  •  3h 22m

  1. Fly from Cleveland (CLE) to Chicago Midway (MDW) CLE - MDW

$114 - $476

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Megabus  •  6h 40m

  1. Take the Megabus from Cleveland to Chicago, IL Schedule 21:Cleveland-Chicago / ...

$30 - $95

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Fly Cleveland to Chicago O'Hare  •  3h 44m

  1. Fly from Cleveland (CLE) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) CLE - ORD

$114 - $488

Bus to Akron, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  6h 2m

  1. Take the bus from Cleveland, OH to Akron, OH
  2. Fly from Akron (CAK) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) CAK - ORD

$155 - $458

Train to Toledo, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  5h 33m

  1. Take the train from Cleveland Amtrak Station to Toledo Amtrak Station
  2. Fly from Toledo (TOL) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) TOL - ORD

$148 - $411

Train  •  6h 46m

  1. Take the train from Cleveland Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station Capitol Limited / ...

$55 - $150

Drive  •  5h 39m

  1. Drive from Cleveland to Chicago 344.9 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Cleveland to Chicago is to Megabus which costs $30 - $95 and takes 6h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Cleveland to Chicago is to fly which costs $110 - $480 and takes 3h 22m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cleveland and arriving at Chicago, IL. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 40m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Cleveland Amtrak Station station and arriving at Chicago Union Station station. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 46m.

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The distance between Cleveland and Chicago is 309 miles. The road distance is 344.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Cleveland to Chicago without a car is to Megabus which takes 6h 40m and costs $30 - $95.

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It takes approximately 3h 22m to get from Cleveland to Chicago, including transfers.

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Cleveland to Chicago bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Cleveland station.

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Cleveland to Chicago train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Cleveland Amtrak Station.

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The best way to get from Cleveland to Chicago is to fly which takes 3h 22m and costs $110 - $480. Alternatively, you can Megabus, which costs $30 - $95 and takes 6h 40m, you could also train, which costs $55 - $150 and takes 6h 46m.

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Map of how to get from Cleveland to Chicago.
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  • Distance: 308.9 miles
  • Duration: 3h 22m

What companies run services between Cleveland, OH, USA and Chicago, IL, USA?

Southwest Airlines flies from Cleveland to Chicago 4 times a day. Alternatively, Megabus operates a bus from Cleveland to Chicago twice daily. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 6h 40m. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Cleveland to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $1,000
Flights from Akron to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Cleveland to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $850
Flights from Akron to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from Toledo to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $460
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Cleveland to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $850
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Cleveland to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $900
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Cleveland to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h 38m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $1,100
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Cleveland Amtrak Station to Toledo Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 9m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Room
$160 - $230
Train from Cleveland Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
6h 46m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Room
$260 - $360
Bus operators
Barons Bus
Phone
+1 888-378-3823
Website
baronsbus.com
Bus from Cleveland, OH to Akron, OH
Ave. Duration
40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $21
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baronsbus.com
Bus from Cleveland, OH to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
12h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Book at
baronsbus.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Cleveland, Oh to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $95

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More Questions & Answers

The quickest flight from Cleveland Airport to Chicago Midway Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

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Cleveland to Chicago bus services, operated by Megabus, arrive at Chicago, IL station.

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Chicago is 1h behind Cleveland. It is currently 3:33 PM in Cleveland and 2:33 PM in Chicago.

Cleveland to Chicago train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Chicago Union Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cleveland to Chicago is 345 miles. It takes approximately 5h 39m to drive from Cleveland to Chicago.

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Cleveland Airport to Chicago Midway Airport.

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Book your Cleveland to Chicago bus tickets online with Greyhound.

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There are 776+ hotels available in Chicago. Prices start at $72 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Cleveland to Cleveland Airport is to subway which takes 27m and costs $3.

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