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

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Fly to Chicago Midway  •  4 h 10 min

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

$174 - $556

Cheapest option

Bus Greyhound USA  •  22 h 20 min

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

$105 - $251

4 alternative options

Fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  4 h 32 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 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

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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 10 min.

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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 station. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 15 h 40 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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The best way to get from Albany to Chicago without a car is to train which takes 15 h 40 min and costs $110 - $320.

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It takes approximately 4 h 10 min to get from Albany to Chicago, including transfers.

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Albany to Chicago bus services, operated by Capital Bus Tour, depart from Albany, NY - LC Coach Bus 217 Central Ave. station.

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Albany to Chicago train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Albany to Chicago is to fly which takes 4 h 10 min and costs $170 - $600. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $110 - $320 and takes 15 h 40 min, you could also bus, which costs $110 - $120 and takes 18 h 30 min.

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Map of how to get from Albany to Chicago.
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  • Distance: 714.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 10 min

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

Southwest Airlines and Delta fly from Albany to Chicago every 4 hours. 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 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Albany to Chicago Midway via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
4 h 26 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Albany to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Flights from Albany to Chicago O'Hare via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Albany to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $750
Flights from Albany to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Albany to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 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
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 Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
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
Trailways New York
Phone
(800) 858-8555
Website
trailwaysny.com
Bus from Albany, NY to New York, NY
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Book at
trailwaysny.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 New York, Ny to Chicago Amtrak, Il
Ave. Duration
18 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $210
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$80 - $140
Flexible
$150 - $210

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The quickest flight from Albany Airport to Chicago Midway Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 15 min.

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Albany to Chicago bus services, operated by D&J Bus, arrive at Chicago, IL station.

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Chicago is 1 h behind Albany. It is currently 9:11 PM in Albany and 8:11 PM in Chicago.

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

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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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Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Albany Airport to Chicago Midway Airport.

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There are 576+ hotels available in Chicago. Prices start at $90 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Albany to Albany Airport is to line 737 bus which takes 20 min and costs $2.

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