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

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Fly Chicago Midway to Birmingham  •  3 h 47 min

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

$184 - $436

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Train, night bus  •  14 h 28 min

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

$76 - $169

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Birmingham  •  4 h 19 min

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

$174 - $337

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Huntsville, drive  •  4 h 55 min

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

$211 - $408

Bus  •  20 h 35 min

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

$80 - $210

Train  •  27 h 57 min

  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 Amtrak Crescent

$180 - $515

Drive  •  10 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Birmingham 663.5 miles

$65 - $95

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

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

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The distance between Chicago and Birmingham is 582 miles. The road distance is 663.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Birmingham without a car is to bus which takes 20 h 35 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 47 min to get from Chicago to Birmingham, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Chicago to Birmingham is to fly which takes 3 h 47 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 20 h 35 min, you could also train, which costs and takes 27 h 57 min.

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The quickest flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Birmingham Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 35 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Birmingham.
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  • Distance: 582.4 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 47 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Birmingham, AL, USA?

Southwest Airlines and Delta fly from Chicago to Birmingham every 4 hours. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Chicago to Birmingham hourly. Tickets cost $80 - $210 and the journey takes 20 h 35 min.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Birmingham via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Birmingham via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Birmingham via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Huntsville via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Huntsville via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$350 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Huntsville
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $700
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $750
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Birmingham via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Huntsville
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal
Ave. Duration
19 h 42 min
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 Amtrak
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
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
Ave. Duration
5 h 16 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $50
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, Il to Birmingham, Al
Ave. Duration
20 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $210
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$80 - $140
Flexible
$160 - $210
Night bus from Carbondale to Nashville, Tn
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $60
Night bus from Nashville, Tn to Birmingham, Al
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$24 - $40
Flexible
$40 - $60

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

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

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

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Book your Chicago to Birmingham bus tickets online with Greyhound.

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There are 108+ hotels available in Birmingham. Prices start at $64 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 .

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