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Fly Chicago Midway to Oakland  •  7h

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Oakland (OAK) MDW - OAK

$202 - $766

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Oakland  •  7h 12m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Oakland (OAK) ORD - OAK

$82 - $316

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to San Francisco  •  7h 38m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to San Francisco (SFO) ORD - SFO

$98 - $320

Fly Chicago Midway to San Francisco  •  7h 29m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to San Francisco (SFO) MDW - SFO

$174 - $570

Fly Chicago Midway to San Jose, BART  •  8h 10m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to San Jose (SJC) MDW - SJC
  2. Take the BART from Milpitas BART Station to Downtown Berkeley BART Station

$332 - $667

Fly Chicago O'Hare to San Jose, BART  •  8h 27m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to San Jose (SJC) ORD - SJC
  2. Take the BART from Milpitas BART Station to Downtown Berkeley BART Station

$112 - $317

Fly Chicago Midway to Sacramento, train  •  9h 42m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Sacramento (SMF) MDW - SMF
  2. Take the train from Sacramento to Richmond

$200 - $749

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Sacramento, train  •  10h 1m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Sacramento (SMF) ORD - SMF
  2. Take the train from Sacramento to Richmond

$120 - $409

Train  •  2 days 4h

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Emeryville California Zephyr

$210 - $300

Bus  •  2 days 10h

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to St Louis
  2. Take the bus from St Louis to El Monte
  3. Take the bus from Los Angeles Downtown to Berkeley

Drive  •  32h 27m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Berkeley 2133.1 miles

$200 - $310

Chicago to Berkeley by train

The train journey time between Chicago and Berkeley is around 2 days 4h and covers a distance of around 2416 miles. The fastest train normally takes 2 days 4h. Operated by Amtrak, the Chicago to Berkeley train service departs from Chicago Union Station and arrives in Emeryville. Typically seven trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
2 days 4h
Fastest train time:
2 days 4h
Trains per week:
7
Cheapest price:
$210
Carbon emissions:
203 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
14:00
Last train departs at:
14:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Chicago to Berkeley train schedules

Chicago → Berkeley
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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Berkeley is to fly which costs $95 - $320 and takes 7h 38m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Berkeley is to fly which costs $200 - $800 and takes 7h.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Berkeley. However, there are services departing from Chicago and arriving at Berkeley via St Louis, El Monte Station - Upper Level and Los Angeles Downtown. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 10h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at Emeryville. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 days 4h.

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The distance between Chicago and Berkeley is 1856 miles. The road distance is 2133.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Berkeley without a car is to train which takes 2 days 4h and costs $210 - $300.

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It takes approximately 7h to get from Chicago to Berkeley, including transfers.

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

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Chicago to Berkeley train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Chicago Union Station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Berkeley is to fly which takes 7h and costs $200 - $800. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $210 - $300 and takes 2 days 4h, you could also bus, which costs and takes 2 days 10h.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Berkeley.
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  • Distance: 1855.8 miles
  • Duration: 7h

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Berkeley, CA, USA?

Southwest Airlines flies from Chicago to Berkeley hourly. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Chicago Union Station to Emeryville once daily. Tickets cost $210 - $300 and the journey takes 2 days 4h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Oakland
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $410
Flights from Chicago Midway to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $410
Flights from Chicago Midway to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $410
Flights from Chicago Midway to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $410
Flights from Chicago Midway to Oakland via Long Beach
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $410
Flights from Chicago Midway to Oakland via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $410
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $380
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $490
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Francisco via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 47m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Jose
Ave. Duration
4h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 27m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Jose via San Diego
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Chicago Midway to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to Sacramento via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to Sacramento via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to Sacramento via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to Sacramento via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to Sacramento via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Sacramento via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Sacramento via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $350
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $350
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose
Ave. Duration
4h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $470
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $470
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
4h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $490
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Sacramento via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $490
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Sacramento via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $490
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose
Ave. Duration
4h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $470
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $470
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $470
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Sacramento via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $550
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Oakland via Seattle
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $420
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Oakland via Portland
Ave. Duration
9h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $420
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose
Ave. Duration
4h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $470
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $440
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose via Portland
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $440
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Oakland via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Oakland via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
9h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Sacramento via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Sacramento via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Oakland
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Milpitas BART Station to Downtown Berkeley BART Station
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
bart.gov
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 Sacramento to Richmond
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$35 - $60
Business Seat
$35 - $55
Train from Chicago Union Station to Emeryville
Ave. Duration
2 days 4h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$210 - $300
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$210 - $300
Premium
$550 - $750
Flexi Coach Seat
$450 - $700
Business Seat
$490 - $700
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 Chicago to St Louis
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $90
Bus from St Louis to El Monte
Ave. Duration
40h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$180 - $250
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$180 - $250
Flexible
$250 - $370
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Los Angeles Downtown to Berkeley
Ave. Duration
8h 45m
Frequency
6 times a week
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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The quickest flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Oakland Airport is the direct flight which takes 4h 35m.

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Chicago to Berkeley bus services, operated by FlixBus-us, arrive at Berkeley station.

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Berkeley is 2h behind Chicago. It is currently 1:57 AM in Chicago and 11:57 PM in Berkeley.

Chicago to Berkeley train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Emeryville station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Berkeley is 2133 miles. It takes approximately 32h 27m to drive from Chicago to Berkeley.

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Chicago Midway Airport to Oakland Airport.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago Midway Airport is to subway which takes 23 min and costs $2 - $5.

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