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

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Fly Chicago Midway to Columbus, bus

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

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Bus via Chicago, IL

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Columbus, OH
  2. Take the bus from Columbus, OH - Greyhound Station to Athens, OH - Ohio University

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Columbus, bus

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

Fly Chicago Midway to Covington, bus

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Covington (CVG)
  2. Take the bus from Cincinnati, OH to Athens

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to Columbus
  2. Take the bus from Columbus, OH - Greyhound Station to Athens, OH - Ohio University

Train, bus

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

Drive

  1. Drive from Chicago to Athens

Chicago to Athens by bus

The bus journey time between Chicago and Athens is around 22h 20m and covers a distance of around 447 miles. This includes an average layover time of around 12h 50m. The fastest bus normally takes 22h 20m. Operated by FlixBus-us and GoBus, the Chicago to Athens bus service departs from Chicago and arrives in Athens, OH - Ohio University. Typically six buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average bus journey times

Time on bus:
9h 30m
Layover time:
12h 50m
Total time:
22h 20m

Bus route information

Fastest bus time:
22h 20m
Bus distance:
447 miles
Buses per week:
6
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
89 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
10:00
Last bus departs at:
10:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Chicago to Athens bus schedules

Chicago → Athens
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COVID-19 help in United States

If you need help, visit the national COVID-19 website or call the COVID-19 Helpline 800-232-4636

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Yes, travel within United States is currently allowed.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Athens is 800-232-4636.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Athens is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Athens is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800-232-4636.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Athens is to drive which costs $40 - $65 and takes 7h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Athens is to fly and bus which costs $150 - $700 and takes 5h 26m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Athens. However, there are services departing from Chicago and arriving at Athens, OH - Ohio University via Columbus, OH - Greyhound Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h.

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The distance between Chicago and Athens is 341 miles. The road distance is 429.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Athens without a car is to bus which takes 10h and costs .

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It takes approximately 5h 26m to get from Chicago to Athens, including transfers.

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Chicago to Athens bus services, operated by FlixBus-us, depart from Chicago station.

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The quickest flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Columbus Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Chicago to Athens bus services, operated by GoBus, arrive at Athens, OH - Ohio University station.

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Athens is 1h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 7:55 PM in Chicago and 8:55 PM in Athens.

Map of how to get from Chicago to Athens.
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  • Distance: 341 miles
  • Duration: 5h 26m

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

You can take a bus from Chicago to Athens via Columbus and Columbus, OH - Greyhound Station in around 10h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Columbus
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Flights from Chicago Midway to Covington
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $330
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Columbus
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $340
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Columbus
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $340
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Columbus via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $350
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Columbus via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $270
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 Toledo
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Premium
$210 - $290
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Business Seat
$65 - $95
Bus operators
GoBus
Website
ridegobus.com
Bus from Columbus, OH to Athens, OH - Ohio University
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
ridegobus.com
Book at
webstore.ridegobus.com
Bus from Cincinnati, OH to Athens
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Schedules at
ridegobus.com
Book at
webstore.ridegobus.com
Bus from Columbus, OH - Greyhound Station to Athens, OH - Ohio University
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
ridegobus.com
Book at
webstore.ridegobus.com
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Chicago to Columbus
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Hoosier Ride
Phone
800-544-2383
Website
hoosierride.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Columbus, OH
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $85
Book at
hoosierride.com
Child Fares
$45 - $65
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 Toledo to Columbus
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $29
Flexible
$40 - $60

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More Questions & Answers

Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Athens is 429 miles. It takes approximately 7h 15m to drive from Chicago to Athens.

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

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There are 12+ hotels available in Athens. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago Midway Airport is to subway which takes 23 min and costs $1 - $5.

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