There are 8 ways to get from Athens to Chicago by bus, plane, train 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

Bus to Columbus, fly to Chicago Midway  •  4 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens, OH - Ohio U. to Columbus, OH - Airport
  2. Fly from Columbus (CMH) to Chicago Midway (MDW) CMH - MDW

$129 - $414

Cheapest option

Bus  •  10 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens, OH - Ohio U. to Columbus, OH 0005 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Columbus, OH to Chicago, IL 0350 / ...

$37 - $120

6 alternative options

Bus to Columbus, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  5 h 2 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens, OH - Ohio U. to Columbus, OH - Airport
  2. Fly from Columbus (CMH) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) CMH - ORD

$119 - $295

Bus, bus to Dayton, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  7 h

  1. Take the bus from Athens, OH - Ohio U. to Columbus, OH
  2. Take the bus from Columbus, Oh to Dayton Trotwood, Oh
  3. Fly from Dayton (DAY) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) DAY - ORD

$156 - $300

Bus, Megabus  •  9 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens, OH - Ohio U. to Cincinnati, OH - University of Cincinnati 0001 / ...
  2. Take the Megabus from University of Cincinnati to Chicago

$38 - $57

Bus, train Amtrak  •  10 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens, OH - Ohio U. to Columbus, OH
  2. Take the bus from Columbus, Oh to Toledo, Oh
  3. Take the train from Toledo Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak

$72 - $190

Bus Barons Bus, train  •  12 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens, OH - Ohio U. to Columbus, OH
  2. Take the bus from Columbus, OH to Gary, IN
  3. Take the train from Gary Metro Center to Van Buren St. Ssl

$44 - $123

Drive  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Drive from Athens to Chicago 427.5 miles

$40 - $65

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Athens to Chicago is to bus and Megabus which costs $35 - $60 and takes 9 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Athens to Chicago is to bus and fly which costs $120 - $420 and takes 4 h 40 min.

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The distance between Athens and Chicago is 341 miles. The road distance is 427.5 miles.

Get driving directions

It takes approximately 4 h 40 min to get from Athens to Chicago, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Athens to Chicago. However, there are services departing from Athens, OH - Ohio U. and arriving at Chicago via University of Cincinnati. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 45 min.

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

You can take a bus from Athens to Chicago via Cincinnati, OH - University of Cincinnati and University of Cincinnati in around 9 h 45 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Columbus to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Columbus to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Dayton to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $420
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Columbus to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Dayton to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $420
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Columbus to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $550
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Toledo Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Room
$210 - $300
South Shore Line
Phone
+1 219-926-5744
Website
nictd.com
Train from Gary Metro Center to Van Buren St.
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $8
Schedules at
nictd.com
Bus operators
Lakefront Lines
Website
webstore.lakefrontlines.com
Bus from Athens, OH - Ohio U. to Columbus, OH - Airport
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $20
Schedules at
lakefrontlines.com
Bus from Athens, OH - Ohio U. to Columbus, OH
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $20
Schedules at
lakefrontlines.com
Bus from Athens, OH - Ohio U. to Cincinnati, OH - University of Cincinnati
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $17
Schedules at
lakefrontlines.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 Columbus, Oh to Dayton Trotwood, Oh
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $20
Flexible
$24 - $35
Bus from Columbus, Oh to Toledo, Oh
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $35
Flexible
$35 - $50
Barons Bus
Website
baronsbus.com
Bus from Columbus, OH to Dayton Trotwood, OH
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $25
Schedules at
baronsbus.com
Bus from Columbus, OH to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Schedules at
baronsbus.com
Bus from Columbus, OH to Gary, IN
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Schedules at
baronsbus.com
Hoosier Ride
Phone
800-544-2383
Website
hoosierride.com
Bus from Columbus, OH to Dayton Trotwood, OH
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $27
Schedules at
hoosierride.com
Bus from Columbus, OH to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $100
Schedules at
hoosierride.com
Bus from Columbus, OH to Gary, IN
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $95
Schedules at
hoosierride.com

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