There are 8 ways to get from Chicago to Birmingham by train, bus, car or plane

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

Train  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Troy Amtrak Wolverine

$50 - $140

Cheapest option

Bus  •  6 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Detroit Amtrak 5508

$34 - $79

6 alternative options

Drive  •  4 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Birmingham 283.7 miles

$27 - $40

Fly Chicago Midway to Detroit, line 5508 bus, line 462 bus  •  5 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Detroit (DTW) MDW - DTW
  2. Take the line 5508 bus from Dearborn Amtrak, Mi to Detroit Amtrak
  3. Take the line 462 bus from Woodward & Baltimore(Milwaukee) to Woodward & Maple

$134 - $285

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Detroit, line 5508 bus, line 462 bus  •  5 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Detroit (DTW) ORD - DTW
  2. Take the line 5508 bus from Dearborn Amtrak, Mi to Detroit Amtrak
  3. Take the line 462 bus from Woodward & Baltimore(Milwaukee) to Woodward & Maple

$124 - $336

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Toledo, bus, line 462 bus  •  5 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Toledo (TOL) ORD - TOL
  2. Take the bus from Toledo, Oh to Detroit, Mi
  3. Take the line 462 bus from Jefferson + Griswold to Woodward & Maple

$131 - $369

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Flint, bus, line 450 bus  •  6 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Flint (FNT) ORD - FNT
  2. Take the bus from Flint to Pontiac Amtrak
  3. Take the line 450 bus from Woodward & Orchard Lk Rd to S Old Woodward @ Merrill

$91 - $414

Fly Chicago Midway to Flint, bus  •  6 h 12 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Flint (FNT) MDW - FNT
  2. Take the bus from Flint to Pontiac Amtrak

$111 - $303

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

Amtrak operates a train from Chicago to Birmingham 3 times a day. Tickets cost $50 - $140 and the journey takes 5 h 35 min. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Chicago to Birmingham hourly. Tickets cost $30 - $80 and the journey takes 5 h 35 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from Chicago Midway to Flint
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $430
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Toledo
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $460
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Flint
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Flint
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Troy Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Room
$240 - $330
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Chicago, Il to Detroit Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $50
Flexible
$60 - $80
Bus from Dearborn Amtrak, Mi to Detroit Amtrak
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $17
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$8 - $11
Flexible
$13 - $17
Bus from Toledo, Oh to Detroit, Mi
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $27
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $18
Flexible
$21 - $27
Southeast Michigan SMART
Phone
+1 866-962-5515
Website
smartbus.org
Bus from Woodward & Baltimore(Milwaukee) to Woodward & Maple
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
smartbus.org
Bus from Jefferson + Griswold to Woodward & Maple
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
smartbus.org
Bus from Woodward & Orchard Lk Rd to S Old Woodward @ Merrill
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
smartbus.org
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Flint to Pontiac Amtrak
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Chicago and Birmingham is 371 km. The road distance is 454 km.

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Birmingham is to drive which costs $27 - $40 and takes 4 h 40 min.

The quickest way to get from Chicago to Birmingham is to drive which takes 4 h 40 min and costs $27 - $40.

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station Amtrak and arriving at Troy Amtrak. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 35 min.

No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Birmingham. However, there are services departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at Woodward & Maple via Woodward & Baltimore(Milwaukee). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 18 min.

The train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Troy Amtrak takes 5 h 35 min including transfers and departs three times a day.