There are 8 ways to get from Chicago to Cincinnati 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 Chicago Midway to Covington  •  3 h 30 min

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

$144 - $706

Cheapest option

Bus  •  7 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Cincinnati, Oh 4511

$29 - $80

6 alternative options

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Covington  •  3 h 47 min

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

$59 - $327

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Dayton, bus  •  4 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Dayton (DAY) ORD - DAY
  2. Take the bus from Dayton Trotwood, Oh to Cincinnati, Oh

$148 - $271

Fly Chicago Midway to Cincinnati  •  3 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Cincinnati (LUK) MDW - LUK

$48 - $397

Fly Chicago Midway to Louisville, bus  •  5 h 48 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Louisville (SDF) MDW - SDF
  2. Take the bus from Louisville, Ky to Cincinnati, Oh

$169 - $287

Train, bus  •  8 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Indianapolis Amtrak Hoosier State / ...
  2. Take the bus from Indianapolis, IN to University of Cincinnati

$53 - $120

Drive  •  4 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Cincinnati 289 miles

$28 - $45

Questions & Answers

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

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Cincinnati is to fly which costs $140 - $750 and takes 3 h 30 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at Cincinnati, Oh. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 h 40 min.

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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 7 h 40 min and costs $29 - $80.

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It takes approximately 3 h 30 min to get from Chicago to Cincinnati, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Chicago to Cincinnati is to fly which takes 3 h 30 min and costs $140 - $750. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $29 - $80 and takes 7 h 40 min.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Cincinnati.
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  • Distance: 252.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 30 min

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

Southwest Airlines flies from Chicago to Cincinnati 5 times a day. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Chicago to Cincinnati every 2 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $80 and the journey takes 7 h 40 min. Megabus also services this route 3 times a day.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Covington
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Louisville
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Covington
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Dayton
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $420
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Covington
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Dayton
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $420
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Covington
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Regional Sky
Website
regionalsky.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Cincinnati
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$45 - $390
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Indianapolis Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $100
Room
$200 - $280
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Dayton Trotwood, Oh to Cincinnati, Oh
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $27
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $18
Flexible
$21 - $27
Bus from Louisville, Ky to Cincinnati, Oh
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$28 - $40
Bus from Chicago, Il to Cincinnati, Oh
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $80
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Chicago to University of Cincinnati
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $45
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megabus.com
Bus from Indianapolis, IN to University of Cincinnati
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $22
Book at
megabus.com

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