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There are 4 ways to get from Chicago to Bloomington by train, night bus, car or plane

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Train  •  2 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Bloomington-Normal Amtrak Lincoln Service / ...

$30 - $75

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Night bus  •  2 h 5 min

  1. Take the night bus from Chicago, Il to Bloomington Pilot Sta 4821

$19 - $45

2 alternative options

Drive  •  2 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Bloomington 134 miles

$13 - $19

Fly  •  3 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Bloomington (BMI) ORD - BMI

$98 - $476

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Bloomington is to drive which costs $13 - $19 and takes 2 h 16 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Bloomington is to night bus which costs $19 - $45 and takes 2 h 5 min.

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at Bloomington Pilot Sta. This bus operates every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 5 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at Bloomington-Normal Amtrak. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 11 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Bloomington is 120 miles. The road distance is 134 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Bloomington without a car is to train which takes 2 h 11 min and costs $30 - $75.

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The train from Chicago Union Station to Bloomington-Normal Amtrak takes 2 h 11 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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

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

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The best way to get from Chicago to Bloomington is to train which takes 2 h 11 min and costs $30 - $75. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $95 - $480 and takes 3 h 33 min.

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  • Distance: 120.2 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 11 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Bloomington, IL, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Chicago to Bloomington every 4 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $75 and the journey takes 2 h 11 min. Alternatively, American Airlines flies from Chicago to Bloomington 3 times a day.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Bloomington
Ave. Duration
49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
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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Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Bloomington-Normal Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
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
Night bus from Chicago, Il to Bloomington Pilot Sta
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $29
Flexible
$35 - $45

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Bloomington Airport is the direct flight which takes 47 min.

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Chicago to Bloomington bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Bloomington Pilot Sta station.

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Chicago to Bloomington train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Bloomington-Normal Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Bloomington is 134 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 16 min to drive from Chicago to Bloomington.

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American Airlines offers flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Bloomington Airport.

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There are 32+ hotels available in Bloomington. Prices start at $49 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago O'Hare Airport is to subway which takes 42 min and costs $2 - $5.

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