There are 8 ways to get from Chicago to Carbondale by train, bus, night bus, car, plane or taxi

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Train  •  5 h 16 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Carbondale Amtrak City Of New Orleans / ...

$50 - $140

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Bus Greyhound USA, night bus  •  9 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to St Louis, Mo 1163 / ...
  2. Take the night bus from St Louis, Mo to Carbondale 4711

$52 - $126

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Bus Megabus, night bus  •  9 h

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to St. Louis via St Louis
  2. Take the night bus from St. Louis Gateway Station to Carbondale Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Drive  •  5 h 29 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Carbondale 332.4 miles

$30 - $50

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Cape Girardeau, taxi  •  4 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Cape Girardeau (CGI) ORD - CGI
  2. Take a taxi from Cape Girardeau to Carbondale

$272 - $835

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Paducah, bus  •  5 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Paducah (PAH) ORD - PAH
  2. Take the bus from Paducah, Ky to Carbondale

$143 - $413

Fly Chicago Midway to St. Louis, night bus  •  5 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to St. Louis (STL) MDW - STL
  2. Take the night bus from St Louis, Mo to Carbondale

$146 - $361

Fly Chicago O'Hare to St. Louis, night bus  •  6 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to St. Louis (STL) ORD - STL
  2. Take the night bus from St Louis, Mo to Carbondale

$111 - $302

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Carbondale. However, there are services departing from Chicago, IL and arriving at Carbondale Amtrak via St. Louis Gateway Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at Carbondale Amtrak. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 16 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Carbondale is 301 miles. The road distance is 332.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Carbondale without a car is to train which takes 5 h 16 min and costs .

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The train from Chicago Union Station to Carbondale Amtrak takes 5 h 16 min including transfers and departs three times a day.

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

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

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Cape Girardeau Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 33 min.

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Chicago to Carbondale bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Carbondale station.

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

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Carbondale.
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  • Distance: 300.5 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 16 min

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

Amtrak operates a train from Chicago to Carbondale 3 times a day. Tickets cost $50 - $140 and the journey takes 5 h 16 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to St. Louis
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cape Girardeau
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cape Girardeau via Quincy
Ave. Duration
2 h 39 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Paducah
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to St. Louis
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to St. Louis
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $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 Carbondale Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 16 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$100 - $140
Room
$240 - $340
Bus 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
Night bus from St. Louis Gateway Station to Carbondale Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
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 St Louis, Mo
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$65 - $90
Night bus from St Louis, Mo to Carbondale
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$29 - $40
Bus from Paducah, Ky to Carbondale
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$24 - $35
Other operators
Taxi from Cape Girardeau to Carbondale
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Estimated price
$140 - $180

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Carbondale is 332 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 29 min to drive from Chicago to Carbondale.

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United Airlines offers flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Cape Girardeau Airport.

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There are 27+ hotels available in Carbondale. Prices start at $50 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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