There are 3 ways to get from Chicago to Columbia by plane, bus or car

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Fly  •  3 h 12 min

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

$177 - $390

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Bus  •  9 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to St Louis, Mo 1163 / ...
  2. Take the bus from St Louis, Mo to Columbia, Mo 1323 / ...

$84 - $171

1 alternative option

Drive  •  6 h 51 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Columbia 415 miles

$40 - $60

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The distance between Chicago and Columbia is 321 miles. The road distance is 415 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Columbia without a car is to bus which takes 9 h 23 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 12 min 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 3 h 12 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 9 h 23 min.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Columbia Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 14 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Columbia is 415 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 51 min to drive from Chicago to Columbia.

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

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There are 38+ hotels available in Columbia. Prices start at $54 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago O'Hare Airport is to subway which takes 42 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Columbia.
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  • Distance: 321.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 12 min

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

American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Chicago to Columbia 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chicago to Columbia via St Louis, Mo and Columbia, Mo in around 9 h 23 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Columbia
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Columbia
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
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 St Louis, Mo
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$65 - $90
Bus from St Louis, Mo to Columbia, Mo
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $28
Flexible
$30 - $45

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