There are 6 ways to get from Chicago to Columbia by plane, train, bus, taxi or car

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Fly  •  3h 14m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Columbia (COU) ORD - COU

$122 - $445

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Bus via Chicago, IL  •  9h 28m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to St. Louis
  2. Take the bus from Greyhound Bus Station St. Louis to Columbia, Mo 1323 / ...

$93 - $137

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Train, bus  •  8h 58m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to St. Louis Gateway Station Lincoln Service / ...
  2. Take the bus from Greyhound Bus Station St. Louis to Columbia, Mo 1323 / ...

$113 - $153

Bus  •  9h 13m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Greyhound Bus Station St. Louis 1353 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Greyhound Bus Station St. Louis to Columbia, Mo 1323 / ...

$107 - $144

Train, taxi  •  9h 24m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to St. Louis Gateway Station
  2. Take the train from St. Louis Gateway Station to Jefferson City Amtrak Station
  3. Take a taxi from Jefferson City Amtrak Station to Columbia

$193 - $255

Drive  •  6h 41m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Columbia 387.5 miles

$35 - $55

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Columbia is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 6h 41m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Columbia is to fly which costs $120 - $450 and takes 3h 14m.

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The distance between Chicago and Columbia is 321 miles. The road distance is 387.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Columbia without a car is to train and bus which takes 8h 58m and costs $110 - $160.

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It takes approximately 3h 14m to get from Chicago to Columbia, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Columbia is to fly which takes 3h 14m and costs $120 - $450. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $100 - $150 and takes 9h 13m.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Columbia Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 16m.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Columbia is 387 miles. It takes approximately 6h 41m to drive from Chicago to Columbia.

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Columbia Airport.

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There are 26+ hotels available in Columbia. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Columbia.
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  • Distance: 321.3 miles
  • Duration: 3h 14m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Columbia, MO, USA?

American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Chicago to Columbia every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chicago to Columbia via Greyhound Bus Station St. Louis and Columbia, Mo in around 9h 13m.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Columbia
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Columbia
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
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 St. Louis Gateway Station
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Premium
$210 - $300
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Business Seat
$75 - $110
Train from St. Louis Gateway Station to Jefferson City Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 21m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Seat
$45 - $65
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 Greyhound Bus Station St. Louis to Columbia, Mo
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $28
Flexible
$35 - $55
Bus from Chicago, Il to Greyhound Bus Station St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $90
Megabus
Other operators
Taxi from Jefferson City Amtrak Station to Columbia
Ave. Duration
33 min
Estimated price
$120 - $150
Checker Cab
Phone
+1-573-636-7101
Website
checkerjc.com

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago O'Hare Airport is to subway which takes 43 min and costs $2 - $5.

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