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There are 7 ways to get from Chicago to Aspen by plane, bus, 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

Fly to Aspen  •  5h 5m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Aspen (ASE) ORD - ASE

$304 - $659

Cheapest option

Train, Amtrak Thruway operated by Express Arrow, drive  •  23h 23m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Denver Union Station
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Express Arrow from Denver, CO - Union Station to Fairplay, CO
  3. Drive from Fairplay, CO to Aspen

$169 - $439

5 alternative options

Fly to Eagle, bus  •  7h 51m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Eagle (EGE) ORD - EGE
  2. Take the bus from Eagle County Regional Airport to Aspen

$367 - $1,480

Fly to Montrose, bus  •  10h 2m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Montrose (MTJ) ORD - MTJ
  2. Take the bus from Montrose to Crested Butte

$262 - $980

Train, bus  •  25h 1m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Denver Union Station California Zephyr
  2. Take the bus from Denver International Airport to Aspen Colorado Mountain Express

$247 - $543

Bus  •  33h 8m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Champaign, Il
  2. Take the bus from Champaign, IL to Denver, CO
  3. Take the bus from Denver Bus Center - Greyhound to South Glenwood BRT station
  4. Take the bus from 27th Street South Glenwood Station to Garmisch and Hopkins Brt / ...

$172 - $274

Drive  •  19h

  1. Drive from Chicago to Aspen 1166.7 miles

$110 - $170

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Aspen is to drive which costs $110 - $170 and takes 19h.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Aspen is to fly which costs $300 - $700 and takes 5h 5m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Aspen. However, there are services departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at Garmisch and Hopkins via Champaign, IL, Denver Bus Center - Greyhound and 27th Street South Glenwood Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 33h 8m.

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The distance between Chicago and Aspen is 1029 miles. The road distance is 1166.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Aspen without a car is to train and bus which takes 25h 1m and costs $240 - $550.

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It takes approximately 5h 5m to get from Chicago to Aspen, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Chicago to Aspen is to fly which takes 5h 5m and costs $300 - $700. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $170 - $280 and takes 33h 8m.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Aspen Airport is the direct flight which takes 3h 8m.

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Chicago to Aspen bus services, operated by RFTA, arrive at Garmisch and Hopkins station.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Aspen.
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  • Distance: 1028.7 miles
  • Duration: 5h 5m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Aspen, CO, USA?

United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta fly from Chicago to Aspen hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chicago to Aspen via Champaign, Il, Champaign, IL, Denver Bus Center - Greyhound, and 27th Street South Glenwood Station in around 33h 8m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Aspen
Ave. Duration
3h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$550 - $900
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Aspen via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$550 - $900
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Eagle
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,500
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Eagle via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,500
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Eagle via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
6h 48m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$430 - $1,800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Montrose
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Montrose via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Montrose via Houston
Ave. Duration
7h 21m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$400 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Aspen
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$550 - $950
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Aspen via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$550 - $950
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Eagle
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Eagle via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $1,500
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Montrose
Ave. Duration
3h 31m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Montrose via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Montrose via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Montrose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $800
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Aspen via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,300
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Aspen via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 3m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Montrose via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
6h 57m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,400
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 Denver Union Station
Ave. Duration
18h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$130 - $400
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$130 - $200
Flexi Coach Seat
$240 - $350
Business Coach Seat
$280 - $400
Room
$500 - $750
Bus operators
Epic Mountain Express
Phone
+1 970-754-7433
Website
epicmountainexpress.com
Bus from Eagle County Regional Airport to Aspen
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $75
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Epic Mountain Express
Bus from Denver International Airport to Aspen
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$100 - $140
More information at
Epic Mountain Express
Mountain Limo
Website
mountain-limo.com
Bus from Montrose to Crested Butte
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $90
Schedules at
mountain-limo.com
Alpine Express
Website
alpineexpressshuttle.com
Bus from Montrose to Crested Butte
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$161
Schedules at
alpineexpressshuttle.com
Amtrak Thruway

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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Thruway
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Denver, CO - Union Station to Fairplay, CO
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
amtrak.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 Chicago, Il to Champaign, Il
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $29
Flexible
$30 - $45
Bustang
Phone
800-900-3011
Website
ridebustang.com
Bus from Denver Bus Center - Greyhound to South Glenwood BRT station
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $33
Website
ridebustang.com
RFTA
Phone
+1 970-925-8484
Website
rfta.com
Bus from 27th Street South Glenwood Station to Garmisch and Hopkins
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
rfta.com

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Aspen is 1h behind Chicago. It is currently 11:20 AM in Chicago and 10:20 AM in Aspen.

Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Aspen is 1167 miles. It takes approximately 19h to drive from Chicago to Aspen.

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

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There are 408+ hotels available in Aspen. Prices start at $311 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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