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There are 9 ways to get from Chicago to Charleston by plane, car, bus or train

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 Chicago Midway to Charleston  •  4h 2m

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

$174 - $629

Cheapest option

Bus Greyhound USA #2  •  28h

  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

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Charleston  •  4h 39m

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

$144 - $500

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Hilton Head, drive  •  6h 19m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Hilton Head (HHH) ORD - HHH
  2. Drive from Hilton Head to Charleston

$262 - $1,220

Bus Megabus  •  23h 7m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to Marta Civic Center Station - Nb
  2. Take the bus from Atlanta, Ga to Madison, GA
  3. Take the bus from Madison, GA to Charleston

$117 - $166

Bus Greyhound USA  •  24h 40m

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

$122 - $255

Train, bus  •  27h 19m

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

$138 - $331

Train, drive  •  30h 7m

  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  •  15h 16m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Charleston 916.2 miles

$85 - $130

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

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Charleston is to fly which costs $170 - $650 and takes 4h 2m.

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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 Atlanta, Ga and Madison, GA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 24h 40m.

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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 23h 7m and costs $110 - $170.

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It takes approximately 4h 2m 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 4h 2m and costs $170 - $650. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $110 - $170 and takes 23h 7m.

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

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Chicago to Charleston bus services, operated by South Eastern Stages, arrive at Charleston station.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Charleston.
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  • Distance: 761.3 miles
  • Duration: 4h 2m

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

Southwest Airlines and Delta fly from Chicago to Charleston 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chicago to Charleston via Marta Civic Center Station - Nb, Civic Center Station, Five Points Station, Atlanta, Ga, and Madison, GA in around 23h 7m.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Charleston
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Charleston via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Hilton Head via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 49m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Charleston via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago Midway to Charleston via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Charleston via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Charleston via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,400
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Charleston
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Charleston via Nashville
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Charleston via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Charleston
Ave. Duration
2h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Charleston via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4h 26m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Hilton Head
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,300
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Toledo Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
3h 59m
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
17h 25m
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
10h 18m
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
South Eastern Stages
Phone
+1 877.836.7607 / 404.591.2750
Email
info@sestages.com
Website
southeasternstages.com
Bus from Atlanta, Ga to Madison, GA
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $27
Schedules at
southeasternstages.com
Bus from Madison, GA to Charleston
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
southeasternstages.com
Bus from Columbia, SC to Charleston
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Schedules at
southeasternstages.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 Atlanta, Ga
Ave. Duration
15h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$70 - $180
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$70 - $120
Flexible
$130 - $180
Bus from Toledo, Oh to Columbia, Sc
Ave. Duration
18h 55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $180
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$70 - $120
Flexible
$130 - $180
Bus from Columbus, Oh to Columbia, Sc
Ave. Duration
15h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $140
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$55 - $95
Flexible
$100 - $140

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More Questions & Answers

Charleston is 1h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 1:31 AM in Chicago and 2:31 AM in Charleston.

Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Charleston is 916 miles. It takes approximately 15h 16m to drive from Chicago to Charleston.

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

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There are 941+ hotels available in Charleston. Prices start at $127 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago Midway Airport is to subway which takes 23m and costs $2 - $4.

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