There are 8 ways to get from Chicago to Columbus 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 Columbus  •  2 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Columbus (CMH) MDW - CMH

$124 - $399

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Columbus, OH 0351 / ...

$30 - $110

6 alternative options

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Columbus  •  3 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Columbus (CMH) ORD - CMH

$114 - $280

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Dayton, bus  •  4 h 42 min

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

$149 - $279

Train Amtrak, bus  •  7 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Toledo Amtrak Capitol Limited / ...
  2. Take the bus from Toledo, Oh to Columbus, Oh 1097 / ...

$65 - $161

Train, bus Hoosier Ride  •  9 h 45 min

  1. Take the train from Van Buren St. to South Bend Airport Ssl
  2. Take the bus from South Bend, IN to Columbus, OH 0353

$58 - $94

Train, bus Barons Bus  •  10 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from Van Buren St. to Gary Metro Center Ssl
  2. Take the bus from Gary, IN to Columbus, OH Schedules 0023 and 0024 / ...

$37 - $103

Drive  •  5 h 54 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Columbus 355.1 miles

$35 - $50

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

Southwest Airlines flies from Chicago to Columbus 5 times a day. Alternatively, Hoosier Ride operates a bus from Chicago to Columbus twice daily. Tickets cost $45 - $110 and the journey takes 8 h 35 min. Barons Bus also services this route once daily.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Columbus
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Dayton
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $420
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Columbus
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Dayton
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $420
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Columbus
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Columbus via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $550
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Toledo Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 59 min
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
South Shore Line
Phone
+1 219-926-5744
Website
nictd.com
Train from Van Buren St. to South Bend Airport
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $14
Schedules at
nictd.com
Train from Van Buren St. to Gary Metro Center
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $8
Schedules at
nictd.com
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Dayton Trotwood, Oh to Columbus, Oh
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $20
Flexible
$24 - $35
Bus from Toledo, Oh to Columbus, Oh
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $35
Flexible
$35 - $50
Barons Bus
Website
baronsbus.com
Bus from Dayton Trotwood, OH to Columbus, OH
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $25
Schedules at
baronsbus.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Columbus, OH
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Schedules at
baronsbus.com
Bus from Gary, IN to Columbus, OH
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Schedules at
baronsbus.com
Hoosier Ride
Website
hoosierride.com
Bus from Dayton Trotwood, OH to Columbus, OH
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $27
Schedules at
hoosierride.com
Book at
hos.tdstickets.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Columbus, OH
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Schedules at
hoosierride.com
Book at
hos.tdstickets.com
Bus from South Bend, IN to Columbus, OH
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Schedules at
hoosierride.com
Book at
hos.tdstickets.com
Bus from Gary, IN to Columbus, OH
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $95
Schedules at
hoosierride.com
Book at
hos.tdstickets.com

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Chicago to Columbus?

The distance between Chicago and Columbus is 443 km. The road distance is 568 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Chicago to Columbus?

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Columbus is to drive which costs $35 - $50 and takes 5 h 54 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Chicago to Columbus?

The quickest way to get from Chicago to Columbus is to fly which takes 2 h 51 min and costs $120 - $400.

Is there a direct bus between Chicago and Columbus?

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago, IL and arriving at Columbus, OH. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 35 min.

How long does it take to get from Chicago to Columbus?

It takes approximately 2 h 51 min to get from Chicago to Columbus, including transfers.