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

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Bus  •  5h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to University of Cincinnati 4511

$22 - $70

4 alternative options

Train, bus  •  8h 10m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Indianapolis Amtrak Station Cardinal
  2. Take the bus from Alabama St & Market St - Indianapolis to University of Cincinnati

$45 - $74

Drive  •  4h 52m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Cincinnati 289 miles

$28 - $45

Fly from Chicago Midway  •  3h 27m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Covington (CVG) MDW - CVG

$100 - $2,607

Fly from Chicago O'Hare  •  3h 47m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Covington (CVG) ORD - CVG

$50 - $97

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Cincinnati is to drive which costs $28 - $45 and takes 4h 52m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Cincinnati is to fly which costs $95 - $2,700 and takes 3h 27m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago and arriving at University of Cincinnati. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 40m.

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The distance between Chicago and Cincinnati is 252 miles. The road distance is 289 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Cincinnati without a car is to bus which takes 5h 40m and costs $22 - $70.

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The bus from Chicago to University of Cincinnati takes 5h 40m including transfers and departs three times a day.

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Chicago to Cincinnati bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Chicago station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Cincinnati is to bus which takes 5h 40m and costs $22 - $70. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $95 - $2,700 and takes 3h 27m.

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

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Chicago to Cincinnati bus services, operated by Megabus, arrive at University of Cincinnati station.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Cincinnati.
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  • Distance: 252.1 miles
  • Duration: 5h 40m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Cincinnati, OH, USA?

Megabus operates a bus from Chicago to University of Cincinnati twice daily. Tickets cost $22 - $45 and the journey takes 5h 40m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Southwest Airlines flies from Chicago to Cincinnati every 4 hours.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Covington
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $480
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Covington
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Covington
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $170
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Covington
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $120
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 Indianapolis Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
4h 54m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Premium
$200 - $280
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Business Seat
$60 - $85
Bus operators
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Chicago to University of Cincinnati
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $45
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megabus.com
Bus from Alabama St & Market St - Indianapolis to University of Cincinnati
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $24
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megabus.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 Cincinnati, Oh
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $50
Flexible
$55 - $85
Amtrak Thruway

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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Thruway
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Chicago Union Station to Cincinnati, OH
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
amtrak.com

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Cincinnati is 1h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 11:06 AM in Chicago and 12:06 PM in Cincinnati.

Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Cincinnati is 289 miles. It takes approximately 4h 52m to drive from Chicago to Cincinnati.

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Chicago Midway Airport to Covington Airport.

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Book your Chicago to Cincinnati bus tickets online with Greyhound.

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There are 136+ hotels available in Cincinnati. 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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