There are 7 ways to get from Bloomington to Waukegan by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  4 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Bloomington-Normal Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Lincoln Service / ...
  2. Take the train from Chicago OTC to Waukegan Up-N

$21 - $30

6 alternative options

Bus, line 22 bus  •  5 h 58 min

  1. Take the bus from Bloomington Pilot Sta to Chicago, Il 1158
  2. Take the line 22 bus from Dearborn & Madison to Paulina & Howard Terminal 22 / ...

$30 - $58

Bus  •  7 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Uptown Station to Woodfield Mall Northbound
  2. Take the bus from Woodfield Mall to Church / Maple 208

$37 - $51

Drive  •  2 h 47 min

  1. Drive from Bloomington to Waukegan 164.7 miles

$16 - $24

Fly from Bloomington, train  •  5 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Bloomington (BMI) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) BMI - ORD
  2. Take the train from Clybourn to Waukegan

$105 - $484

Bus to Peoria, fly, train  •  6 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Uptown Station to Peoria
  2. Fly from Peoria (PIA) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) PIA - ORD
  3. Take the train from Clybourn to Waukegan

$206 - $493

Bus to Champaign, fly, train  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Bloomington/Normal, IL to Champaign, IL
  2. Fly from Champaign (CMI) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) CMI - ORD
  3. Take the train from Clybourn to Waukegan

$163 - $502

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct train from Bloomington to Waukegan. However, there are services departing from Bloomington-Normal Amtrak and arriving at Waukegan via Chicago OTC. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 35 min.

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The distance between Bloomington and Waukegan is 144 miles. The road distance is 164.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Bloomington to Waukegan without a car is to train which takes 4 h 35 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 35 min to get from Bloomington to Waukegan, including transfers.

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Bloomington to Waukegan train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Bloomington-Normal Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Bloomington to Waukegan is to train which takes 4 h 35 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus and line 22 bus, which costs and takes 5 h 58 min.

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The quickest flight from Bloomington Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Bloomington to Waukegan train services, operated by Metra, arrive at Waukegan station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bloomington to Waukegan is 165 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 47 min to drive from Bloomington to Waukegan.

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American Airlines offers flights from Bloomington Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport.

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Map of how to get from Bloomington to Waukegan.
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  • Distance: 143.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 35 min

What companies run services between Bloomington, IL, USA and Waukegan, IL, USA?

You can take a train from Bloomington to Waukegan via Chicago Union Station and Chicago OTC in around 4 h 35 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Bloomington to Waukegan via Chicago, Il, UIC-Halsted, Washington-Blue, Dearborn & Madison, Paulina & Howard Terminal, Howard CTA Station, Highland Park Metra Station, and Highland Park in around 5 h 58 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Bloomington to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Peoria to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $550
Flights from Champaign to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Peoria to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $850
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 Bloomington-Normal Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$14 - $21
Business Seat
$28
Metra
Phone
+1 312-322-6777
Website
metrarail.com
Train from Chicago OTC to Waukegan
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Schedules at
metrarail.com
Train from Clybourn to Waukegan
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
metrarail.com
Bus operators
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Bloomington Pilot Sta to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $29
Flexible
$35 - $45
Chicago Transit (CTA)
Peoria Charter Coach Company
Website
peoriacharter.com
Bus from Uptown Station to Woodfield Mall
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Schedules at
peoriacharter.com
Bus from Uptown Station to Peoria
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $18
Schedules at
peoriacharter.com
Pace Bus
Phone
+1(847)2282322
Email
Passenger.Services@PaceBus.com
Website
pacebus.com
Bus from Woodfield Mall to Church / Maple
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
pacebus.com
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Bloomington/Normal, IL to Peoria, IL
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Bloomington/Normal, IL to Champaign, IL
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com

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There are 84+ hotels available in Waukegan. Prices start at $61 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Bloomington to Bloomington Airport is to bus which takes 32 min and costs .

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