There are 5 ways to get from Chicago to Columbus by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly from Chicago Midway  •  3h 48m

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

$118 - $2,912

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Bus  •  8h 30m

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

$30 - $110

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Fly from Chicago O'Hare  •  4h 7m

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

$118 - $242

Train, bus  •  8h 14m

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

$60 - $85

Drive  •  5h 53m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Columbus 355.1 miles

$35 - $50

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Columbus is to drive which costs $35 - $50 and takes 5h 53m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Columbus is to fly which costs $110 - $3,000 and takes 3h 48m.

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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 8h 30m.

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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 8h 14m and costs $60 - $85.

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It takes approximately 3h 48m 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 3h 48m and costs $110 - $3,000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $30 - $110 and takes 8h 30m.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Columbus.
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  • Distance: 277.1 miles
  • Duration: 3h 48m

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

Southwest Airlines and Delta fly from Chicago to Columbus every 2 hours. Alternatively, Hoosier Ride operates a bus from Chicago, IL to Columbus, OH twice daily. Tickets cost $45 - $110 and the journey takes 8h 30m. Barons Bus also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Columbus
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Columbus
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Columbus
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Columbus via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $440
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Columbus via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $230
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 Toledo Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
3h 59m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Premium
$210 - $290
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Business Seat
$65 - $95
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 Toledo, Oh to Columbus, Oh
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$21 - $30
Flexible
$40 - $60

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Columbus is 1h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 10:15 AM in Chicago and 11:15 AM in Columbus.

Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Columbus is 355 miles. It takes approximately 5h 53m to drive from Chicago to Columbus.

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Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Chicago Midway Airport to Columbus Airport.

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There are 156+ hotels available in Columbus. Prices start at $100 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 $2 - $5.

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