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

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Huntsville  •  3h 38m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Huntsville (HSV) ORD - HSV

$232 - $435

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Bus  •  20h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Birmingham, Al 1163

$80 - $210

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Fly Chicago Midway to Birmingham  •  4h 16m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Birmingham (BHM) MDW - BHM

$184 - $436

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Birmingham  •  4h 37m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Birmingham (BHM) ORD - BHM

$174 - $337

Train  •  27h 57m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal City Of New Orleans
  2. Take the train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Birmingham Intermodal Facility Crescent

$180 - $515

Train, night bus  •  14h 46m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Carbondale Amtrak Station
  2. Take the night bus from Carbondale to Nashville, Tn
  3. Take the night bus from Nashville, Tn to Birmingham, Al

$103 - $258

Drive  •  10h 49m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Birmingham 663.5 miles

$65 - $95

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Alabama is to drive which costs $65 - $95 and takes 10h 49m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Alabama is to fly which costs $230 - $440 and takes 3h 38m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at Birmingham, Al. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 20h 35m.

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No, there is no direct train from Chicago station to Alabama. However, there are services departing from Chicago Union Station and arriving at Birmingham Intermodal Facility via New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 27h 57m.

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The distance between Chicago and Alabama is 600 miles. The road distance is 663.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Alabama without a car is to bus which takes 20h 35m and costs $80 - $210.

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It takes approximately 3h 38m to get from Chicago to Alabama, including transfers.

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Chicago to Alabama bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Chicago, Il station.

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

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The best way to get from Chicago to Alabama is to fly which takes 3h 38m and costs $230 - $440. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $80 - $210 and takes 20h 35m, you could also train, which costs $180 - $550 and takes 27h 57m.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Alabama.
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  • Distance: 600.4 miles
  • Duration: 3h 38m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Alabama, USA?

American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta fly from Chicago to Huntsville every 4 hours. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Chicago to Birmingham twice daily. Tickets cost $80 - $210 and the journey takes 20h 35m.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Huntsville via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $800
Flights from Chicago Midway to Birmingham via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Birmingham via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Huntsville
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Huntsville
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $750
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Birmingham via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $750
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 Chicago Union Station to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal
Ave. Duration
19h 42m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $360
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$120 - $190
Flexi Coach Seat
$220 - $320
Business Coach Seat
$250 - $360
Room
$490 - $700
Train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Birmingham Intermodal Facility
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $160
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $90
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Room
$260 - $360
Train from Chicago Union Station to Carbondale Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
5h 16m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$100 - $140
Room
$240 - $340
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.

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 Chicago, Il to Birmingham, Al
Ave. Duration
20h 35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$80 - $210
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$80 - $140
Flexible
$160 - $210
Night bus from Carbondale to Nashville, Tn
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $60
Night bus from Nashville, Tn to Birmingham, Al
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$24 - $40
Flexible
$40 - $60

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Huntsville Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 42m.

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Chicago to Alabama bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Birmingham, Al station.

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Chicago to Alabama train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Birmingham Intermodal Facility station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Alabama is 663 miles. It takes approximately 10h 49m to drive from Chicago to Alabama.

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American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta offer flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Huntsville Airport.

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Book your Chicago to Alabama bus tickets online with Greyhound.

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There are 38+ hotels available in Alabama. Prices start at $70 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago O'Hare Airport is to subway which takes 42m and costs $2 - $5.

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