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

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Fly Chicago Midway to Charlotte  •  5h 29m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Charlotte (CLT) MDW - CLT

$230 - $3,714

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Charlotte  •  5h 49m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Charlotte (CLT) ORD - CLT

$110 - $244

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Train to South Bend, fly to Charlotte  •  7h 31m

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

$240 - $414

Train to Milwaukee, fly to Charlotte  •  7h 26m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee
  2. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Charlotte (CLT) MKE - CLT

$187 - $420

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Asheville, bus  •  9h

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Asheville (AVL) ORD - AVL
  2. Take the bus from Asheville to Charlotte Airport

$250 - $497

Train  •  29h 3m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Charlottesville Cardinal
  2. Take the train from Charlottesville to Charlotte Amtrak Station Crescent

$130 - $185

Bus  •  30h 46m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to Washington "Greyhound"
  2. Take the bus from Washington to Charlotte, NC Washington

$118 - $181

Drive  •  13h 6m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Carowinds 763.1 miles

$70 - $110

Chicago Midway (MDW) to Charlotte (CLT) flights

The flight time between Chicago Midway (MDW) and Charlotte (CLT) is around 3h 7m and covers a distance of around 587 miles. The fastest flight normally takes 1h 50m. Services are operated by Southwest Airlines and Delta. Typically 32 flights run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Flight route overview

Average flight journey time:
3h 7m
Fastest flight journey time:
1h 50m
Flight distance:
587 miles
Flights per week:
32
Cheapest price:
$122
Carbon emissions:
310 kg CO2

First and last flights

First flight departs at:
08:15
Last flight departs at:
19:25

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Chicago Midway (MDW) to Charlotte (CLT) flight schedules

Chicago → Carowinds
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Carowinds is 800-232-4636.

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The social distance requirement in Carowinds is 2 metres.

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Carowinds is to drive which costs $70 - $110 and takes 13h 6m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Carowinds is to fly which costs $230 - $3,800 and takes 5h 29m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Carowinds. However, there are services departing from Chicago and arriving at Westinghouse Blvd & Granite St via Washington, Scaleybark Station Bus Bay and Sharon Road West Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 30h 46m.

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The distance between Chicago and Carowinds is 594 miles. The road distance is 763.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Carowinds without a car is to train which takes 29h 3m and costs $130 - $190.

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It takes approximately 5h 29m to get from Chicago to Carowinds, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Chicago to Carowinds is to fly which takes 5h 29m and costs $230 - $3,800. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $130 - $190 and takes 29h 3m, you could also bus, which costs $110 - $190 and takes 30h 46m.

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The quickest flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Charlotte Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 50m.

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Chicago to Carowinds bus services, operated by Megabus, arrive at Charlotte, NC station.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Carowinds.
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  • Distance: 594.4 miles
  • Duration: 5h 29m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Carowinds, SC, USA?

Southwest Airlines and Delta fly from Chicago to Carowinds 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Chicago to Carowinds via Charlottesville, Charlotte Amtrak Station, Parkwood Station, Sharon Rd West Station, Sharon Road West Station, and Westinghouse Blvd & Granite St in around 29h 3m.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Charlotte
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $330
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Charlotte via Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $330
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Charlotte via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 59m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $330
Flights from South Bend to Charlotte
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$377
Flights from Milwaukee to Charlotte
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $370
Flights from Milwaukee to Charlotte via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $370
Flights from Milwaukee to Charlotte via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
5h 3m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $370
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Asheville
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Asheville via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $550
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Charlotte via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $310
Flights from Chicago Midway to Charlotte via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $290
Flights from South Bend to Charlotte via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $320
Flights from Milwaukee to Charlotte via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $340
Flights from Milwaukee to Charlotte via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $320
Flights from Milwaukee to Charlotte via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Asheville via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $300
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Charlotte
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $370
Flights from South Bend to Charlotte via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $600
Flights from Milwaukee to Charlotte via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $490
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Asheville
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $440
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Charlotte
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $410
Flights from Chicago Midway to Charlotte via Nashville
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $440
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Charlotte via Nashville
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $360
Train operators
South Shore Line
Phone
+1 219-926-5744
Website
mysouthshoreline.com
Train from Van Buren St. to South Bend Airport
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $15
Schedules at
mysouthshoreline.com
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Seat
$35 - $55
Train from Chicago Union Station to Charlottesville
Ave. Duration
20h 25m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$85 - $120
Premium
$300 - $410
Flexi Coach Seat
$160 - $250
Business Seat
$180 - $260
Train from Charlottesville to Charlotte Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
5h 38m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Premium
$210 - $300
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Seat
$70 - $110
Bus operators
Hickory Hop
Website
hickoryhop.com
Bus from Asheville to Charlotte Airport
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $220
Schedules at
hickoryhop.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 to Washington
Ave. Duration
19h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$85 - $120
Flexible
$120 - $180
Megabus

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Carowinds is 1h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 11:36 AM in Chicago and 12:36 PM in Carowinds.

Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Carowinds is 763 miles. It takes approximately 13h 6m to drive from Chicago to Carowinds.

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

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There are 199+ hotels available in Carowinds. Prices start at $100 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 - $5.

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