There are 6 ways to get from Albany to Chicago by plane, train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Chicago Midway  •  4 h 22 min

  1. Fly from Albany (ALB) to Chicago Midway (MDW) ALB - MDW

$174 - $556

Cheapest option

Bus Greyhound USA  •  22 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Albany, Ny to New York, Ny 4051 / ...
  2. Take the bus from New York, Ny to Chicago Amtrak, Il 4425

$100 - $256

4 alternative options

Fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  4 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Albany (ALB) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) ALB - ORD

$164 - $366

Train  •  15 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

$110 - $320

Bus D&J Bus  •  18 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Albany, NY - LC Coach Bus 217 Central Ave. to New York - 19 Pike St. Capital Bus Tours
  2. Take the bus from New York to Chicago, IL Djb149 / ...

$110 - $120

Drive  •  13 h 46 min

  1. Drive from Albany to Chicago 821.1 miles

$80 - $120

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Albany to Chicago is to drive which costs $80 - $120 and takes 13 h 46 min.

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The quickest way to get from Albany to Chicago is to fly which costs $170 - $600 and takes 4 h 22 min.

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The distance between Albany and Chicago is 715 miles. The road distance is 821.1 miles.

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It takes approximately 4 h 22 min to get from Albany to Chicago, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Albany to Chicago. However, there are services departing from Albany, NY - LC Coach Bus 217 Central Ave. and arriving at Chicago, IL via New York. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 18 h 30 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak and arriving at Chicago Union Station Amtrak station. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 15 h 40 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Albany to Chicago is 821 miles. It takes approximately 13 h 46 min to drive from Albany to Chicago.

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Map of how to get from Albany to Chicago.
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  • Distance: 714.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 22 min

What companies run services between Albany, NY, USA and Chicago, IL, USA?

Southwest Airlines and Delta fly from Albany to Chicago 4 times a day. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Albany to Chicago twice daily. Tickets cost $110 - $320 and the journey takes 15 h 40 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Albany to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Albany to Chicago Midway via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Albany to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Flights from Albany to Chicago O'Hare via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Flights from Albany to Chicago O'Hare via Newark
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Albany to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Albany to Chicago O'Hare via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4 h 49 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Albany to Chicago O'Hare via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
4 h 54 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Albany to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 17 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $750
Flights from Albany to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $700
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
15 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$110 - $320
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Flexi Coach Seat
$200 - $290
Business Coach Seat
$230 - $320
Room
$450 - $650
Bus operators
Capital Bus Tour
Website
capitalbustour.com
Bus from Albany, NY - LC Coach Bus 217 Central Ave. to New York - 19 Pike St.
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$20
Schedules at
capitalbustour.com
Book at
gotobus.com
D&J Bus
Bus from New York to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90
Schedules at
gotobus.com
Book at
gotobus.com
Wanda Coach
Phone
6466307186
Email
help@wandacoach.com
Website
wandacoach.com
Bus from New York, NY to Chicago
Ave. Duration
15 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$100
Schedules at
wandacoach.com
Greyhound USA
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Albany, Ny to New York, Ny
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50
Bus from New York, Ny to Chicago Amtrak, Il
Ave. Duration
18 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $210
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$80 - $140
Flexible
$150 - $210

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