There are 5 ways to get from Chicago to Branson by plane, taxi, car, bus or train

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Fly to Springfield, taxi  •  4 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Springfield (SGF) ORD - SGF
  2. Take a taxi from Springfield to Branson

$252 - $485

Cheapest option

Train, bus  •  13 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Kansas City Amtrak Southwest Chief
  2. Take the bus from Kansas City, MO to Branson / Hollister, MO 121

$130 - $268

3 alternative options

Fly to Fayetteville, drive  •  5 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Fayetteville (XNA) ORD - XNA
  2. Drive from Fayetteville to Branson

$191 - $450

Bus, taxi  •  11 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Springfield, Mo 1351 / ...
  2. Take a taxi from Springfield, Mo to Branson

$131 - $232

Drive  •  9 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Branson 550.8 miles

$50 - $80

Questions & Answers

The distance between Chicago and Branson is 472 miles. The road distance is 550.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Branson without a car is to bus and taxi which takes 11 h 25 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 13 min to get from Chicago to Branson, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Springfield Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 35 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Branson is 551 miles. It takes approximately 9 h 3 min to drive from Chicago to Branson.

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Springfield Airport.

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There are 335+ hotels available in Branson. Prices start at $57 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 .

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Branson.
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  • Distance: 471.6 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 13 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Branson, MO, USA?

There is no direct connection from Chicago to Branson. However, you can take the subway to O'Hare, take the walk to Chicago O'Hare airport, fly to Springfield, then take the taxi to Branson. Alternatively, you can take the subway to O'Hare, take the walk to Chicago O'Hare airport, fly to Fayetteville, then take the drive to Branson.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Springfield
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Fayetteville
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $900
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Springfield
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $750
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Fayetteville
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $900
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 Kansas City Amtrak
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $190
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Business Coach Seat
$130 - $190
Room
$290 - $410
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 Springfield, Mo
Ave. Duration
10 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$55 - $140
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$55 - $90
Flexible
$100 - $140
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Kansas City, MO to Branson / Hollister, MO
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
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jeffersonlines.com
Other operators
Taxi from Springfield to Branson
Ave. Duration
56 min
Estimated price
$90 - $120

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