There are 6 ways to get from Chicago to Birmingham by plane, car, bus, train or night bus

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 Chicago Midway to Birmingham  •  3 h 43 min

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

$184 - $436

Cheapest option

Train, night bus  •  14 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak 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

4 alternative options

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Birmingham  •  4 h 10 min

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

$174 - $337

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Huntsville, drive  •  4 h 54 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

Drive  •  10 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Birmingham 663.5 miles

$65 - $95

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Birmingham is to drive which costs $65 - $95 and takes 10 h 49 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Birmingham is to fly which costs $180 - $440 and takes 3 h 43 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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It takes approximately 3 h 43 min to get from Chicago to Birmingham, including transfers.

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

Southwest Airlines and Delta fly from Chicago to Birmingham 4 times a day. 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 51 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Birmingham via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Birmingham via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 14 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Huntsville via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Birmingham via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 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
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Huntsville
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $700
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $750
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak 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
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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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