There are 7 ways to get from Chicago to Charleston by plane, bus, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly from Chicago Midway  •  4 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Charleston (CHS) MDW - CHS

$197 - $629

Cheapest option

Bus  •  23 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Atlanta, Ga 1151
  2. Take the bus from Atlanta, GA to Charleston Atlanta

$105 - $241

5 alternative options

Fly from Chicago O'Hare  •  4 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Charleston (CHS) ORD - CHS

$167 - $500

Train, bus  •  26 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Toledo Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Toledo, Oh to Columbia, Sc
  3. Take the bus from Columbia, SC to Charleston

$138 - $331

Bus via Columbus, Oh  •  27 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Columbus, OH
  2. Take the bus from Columbus, Oh to Columbia, Sc
  3. Take the bus from Columbia, SC to Charleston

$106 - $282

Train, drive  •  30 h 7 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Washington Union Station
  2. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Yemassee Amtrak
  3. Drive from Yemassee Amtrak to Charleston

$195 - $545

Drive  •  15 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Charleston 916.2 miles

$85 - $130

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Charleston is to drive which costs $85 - $130 and takes 15 h 16 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Charleston is to fly which costs $190 - $650 and takes 4 h 14 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Charleston. However, there are services departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at Charleston via Peachtree St @ Alabama St and Atlanta, GA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23 h 48 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Charleston is 761 miles. The road distance is 916.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Charleston without a car is to bus which takes 23 h 48 min and costs $100 - $250.

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It takes approximately 4 h 14 min to get from Chicago to Charleston, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Chicago to Charleston is to fly which takes 4 h 14 min and costs $190 - $650. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $100 - $250 and takes 23 h 48 min.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Charleston.
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  • Distance: 761.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 14 min

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

Southwest Airlines and Delta fly from Chicago to Charleston every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chicago to Charleston via Marta Civic Center Station - Nb, Peachtree St @ Alabama St, Peachtree St Sw @ Brotherton Transportation Mall, and Atlanta, GA in around 23 h 48 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Charleston
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Charleston via Nashville
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Charleston via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Charleston via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago Midway to Charleston via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Charleston via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,400
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Charleston
Ave. Duration
2 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Charleston via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Charleston via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
4 h 21 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Charleston
Ave. Duration
2 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Charleston
Ave. Duration
2 h 17 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $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 Toledo Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 59 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Room
$210 - $300
Train from Chicago Union Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
17 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $160
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Business Coach Seat
$220 - $310
Room
$440 - $600
Train from Washington Union Station to Yemassee Amtrak
Ave. Duration
10 h 18 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$80 - $230
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Flexi Coach Seat
$140 - $210
Business Coach Seat
$160 - $230
Room
$340 - $480
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 Atlanta, Ga
Ave. Duration
15 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $180
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$70 - $120
Flexible
$130 - $180
Bus from Toledo, Oh to Columbia, Sc
Ave. Duration
18 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$70 - $180
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$70 - $120
Flexible
$130 - $180
Bus from Columbus, Oh to Columbia, Sc
Ave. Duration
15 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $140
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$55 - $95
Flexible
$100 - $140
Megabus
South Eastern Stages
Phone
+1 877.836.7607 / 404.591.2750
Email
info@sestages.com
Website
southeasternstages.com
Bus from Atlanta, GA to Charleston
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Schedules at
southeasternstages.com
Bus from Columbia, SC to Charleston
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Schedules at
southeasternstages.com

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