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

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Fly Chicago Midway to Columbus  •  2 h 52 min

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

$124 - $399

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Bus  •  8 h 30 min

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

$28 - $110

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Columbus  •  3 h 12 min

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

$114 - $280

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Dayton, bus  •  4 h 36 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, bus  •  7 h 26 min

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

$65 - $161

Drive  •  5 h 54 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Columbus 355.1 miles

$35 - $50

Questions & Answers

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago, IL and arriving at Columbus, OH. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 8 h 30 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Columbus is 277 miles. The road distance is 355.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Columbus without a car is to train and bus which takes 7 h 26 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 52 min to get from Chicago to Columbus, including transfers.

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Chicago to Columbus bus services, operated by Hoosier Ride, depart from Chicago, IL station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Columbus is to fly which takes 2 h 52 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 8 h 30 min.

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The quickest flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Columbus Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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Chicago to Columbus bus services, operated by Hoosier Ride, arrive at Columbus, OH station.

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

Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Columbus is 355 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 54 min to drive from Chicago to Columbus.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Columbus.
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  • Distance: 277.1 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 52 min

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

Southwest Airlines flies from Chicago to Columbus every 4 hours. Alternatively, Hoosier Ride operates a bus from Chicago to Columbus twice daily. Tickets cost $28 - $110 and the journey takes 8 h 30 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 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Dayton
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $420
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Columbus
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Columbus
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Dayton
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $420
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Columbus via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 16 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $550
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station 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
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 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
Hoosier Ride
Phone
800-544-2383
Website
hoosierride.com
Bus from Dayton Trotwood, OH to Columbus, OH
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $27
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hoosierride.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Columbus, OH
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$28 - $110
Book at
hoosierride.com
Barons Bus
Phone
+1 888-378-3823
Website
baronsbus.com
Bus from Dayton Trotwood, OH to Columbus, OH
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $25
Book at
baronsbus.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Columbus, OH
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Book at
baronsbus.com

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

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There are 243+ hotels available in Columbus. Prices start at $69 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 .

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