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There are 6 ways to get from Chicago to Bay City by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  3 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Saginaw (MBS) ORD - MBS

$136 - $354

Cheapest option

Bus  •  10 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Owosso 1482
  2. Take the bus from Owosso to Bay City, MI 1482

$54 - $108

4 alternative options

Train, bus  •  7 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Flint Amtrak Blue Water
  2. Take the bus from Flint to Bay City 1492 Detroit to Bay City / ...

$58 - $174

Train, Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails  •  8 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to East Lansing Amtrak Blue Water
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from East Lansing to Bay City

Bus via Kalamazoo  •  9 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Kalamazoo, Mi
  2. Take the bus from Kalamazoo to Flint
  3. Take the bus from Flint to Bay City

$56 - $151

Drive  •  5 h 11 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Bay City 315.1 miles

$30 - $45

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Bay City is to drive which costs $30 - $45 and takes 5 h 11 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Bay City is to fly which costs $130 - $360 and takes 3 h 8 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Bay City. However, there are services departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at Bay City via Kalamazoo and Flint. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 10 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Bay City is 225 miles. The road distance is 315.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Bay City without a car is to train and bus which takes 7 h 5 min and costs $55 - $180.

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It takes approximately 3 h 8 min to get from Chicago to Bay City, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Chicago to Bay City is to fly which takes 3 h 8 min and costs $130 - $360. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $55 - $160 and takes 9 h 10 min.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Saginaw Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 8 min.

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Chicago to Bay City bus services, operated by Indian Trails, arrive at Bay City station.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Bay City.
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  • Distance: 225.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 8 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Bay City, MI, USA?

United Airlines flies from Chicago to Bay City 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chicago to Bay City via Kalamazoo, Mi, Kalamazoo, and Flint in around 9 h 10 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Saginaw
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $650
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 Chicago Union Station to Flint Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$85 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$85 - $120
Room
$220 - $310
Train from Chicago Union Station to East Lansing Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Room
$200 - $280
Bus operators
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Flint to Bay City
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $55
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Kalamazoo to Flint
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Owosso
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Owosso to Bay City, MI
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $55
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Flint to Bay City
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from East Lansing to Bay City
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak to Flint
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Owosso to Bay City
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
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 Kalamazoo, Mi
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50

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Bay City is 1 h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 12:15 AM in Chicago and 1:15 AM in Bay City.

Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Bay City is 315 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 11 min to drive from Chicago to Bay City.

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United Airlines offers flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Saginaw Airport.

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There are 32+ hotels available in Bay City. Prices start at $50 USD per night.

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

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