There are 9 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.

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Train  •  5 h 35 min

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

$50 - $140

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Megabus  •  7 h 2 min

  1. Take the Megabus from Chicago to Downtown Detroit

$30 - $41

7 alternative options

Bus  •  6 h 18 min

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

$34 - $79

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 Nb to Woodward & Maple

$134 - $285

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Detroit, line 5508 bus, line 462 bus  •  5 h 30 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 Nb 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

Train to South Bend, fly to Detroit  •  7 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Van Buren St. to South Bend Airport
  2. Fly from South Bend (SBN) to Detroit (DTW) SBN - DTW

$185 - $935

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Flint, bus, line 462 bus  •  6 h 34 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 462 bus from Phoenix Center to Woodward & Maple

$91 - $414

Questions & Answers

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

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

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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 Nb. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 18 min.

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

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The distance between Chicago and Birmingham is 232 miles. The road distance is 283.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Birmingham without a car is to train which takes 5 h 35 min and costs $50 - $140.

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

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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 train which takes 5 h 35 min and costs $50 - $140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $30 - $80 and takes 6 h 18 min.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Birmingham.
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  • Distance: 232 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 35 min

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
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 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
Flights from South Bend to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
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
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $460
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Flint
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Flint
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
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 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
South Shore Line
Phone
+1 219-926-5744
Website
nictd.com
Train from Van Buren St. to South Bend Airport
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $14
Schedules at
nictd.com
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 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 Nb 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 Phoenix Center to Woodward & Maple
Ave. Duration
17 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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The quickest flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Detroit Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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

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Birmingham is 1 h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 11:15 PM in Chicago and 12:15 AM in Birmingham.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Birmingham is 284 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 40 min to drive from Chicago to Birmingham.

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

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There are 153+ hotels available in Birmingham. Prices start at $70 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 $2 - $4.

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