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There are 6 ways to get from Chicago to Denver (Station) by plane, train, bus or car

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Recommended option

Fly from Chicago Midway  •  5h 15m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Denver (DEN) MDW - DEN

$144 - $716

Cheapest option

Fly from Chicago O'Hare  •  5h 25m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Denver (DEN) ORD - DEN

$48 - $256

4 alternative options

Train to Milwaukee, fly  •  6h 53m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee
  2. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Denver (DEN) MKE - DEN

$131 - $322

Train  •  18h 26m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Denver California Zephyr

$100 - $150

Bus  •  25h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to St Louis "Greyhound"
  2. Take the bus from St Louis to Denver "Greyhound"

$123 - $172

Drive  •  15h 41m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Denver (Station) 1007.2 miles

$95 - $150

Chicago to Denver (Station) by train and walk

The journey time between Chicago and Denver (Station) is around 18h 15m and covers a distance of around 1038 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 18h 15m. Operated by Amtrak, the Chicago to Denver (Station) service departs from Chicago Union Station and arrives in Denver (Station). Typically seven services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
18h 15m
Fastest journey time:
18h 15m
Services per week:
7
Cheapest price:
$100
Carbon emissions:
87 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
14:00
Last service departs at:
14:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Chicago to Denver (Station) train and walk schedules

Chicago → Denver (Station)
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Denver (Station) is 800-232-4636.

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The social distance requirement in Denver (Station) is 2 metres.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Denver (Station) is to drive which costs $95 - $150 and takes 15h 41m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Denver (Station) is to fly which costs $140 - $750 and takes 5h 15m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Denver (Station). However, there are services departing from Chicago and arriving at Denver via St Louis. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 25h 10m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at Denver. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 18h 15m.

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The distance between Chicago and Denver (Station) is 924 miles. The road distance is 1007.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Denver (Station) without a car is to train which takes 18h 26m and costs $100 - $150.

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It takes approximately 5h 15m to get from Chicago to Denver (Station), including transfers.

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Chicago to Denver (Station) bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Chicago station.

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Chicago to Denver (Station) train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Chicago Union Station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Denver (Station) is to fly which takes 5h 15m and costs $140 - $750. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $100 - $150 and takes 18h 26m, you could also bus, which costs $120 - $180 and takes 25h 10m.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Denver (Station).
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  • Distance: 923.5 miles
  • Duration: 5h 15m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Denver (Station), CO, USA?

Southwest Airlines and Delta fly from Chicago to Denver (Station) hourly. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Chicago Union Station to Denver once daily. Tickets cost $100 - $150 and the journey takes 18h 15m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Denver
Ave. Duration
2h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $270
Flights from Chicago Midway to Denver via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $270
Flights from Chicago Midway to Denver via Omaha
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $270
Flights from Chicago Midway to Denver via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $270
Flights from Chicago Midway to Denver via Will Rogers World
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $270
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Denver
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $290
Flights from Milwaukee to Denver
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $370
Flights from Milwaukee to Denver via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $380
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Denver
Ave. Duration
2h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $280
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Denver via Rochester
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $280
Flights from Milwaukee to Denver
Ave. Duration
2h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,200
Flights from Milwaukee to Denver via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,200
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Denver
Ave. Duration
2h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $270
Flights from Milwaukee to Denver via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,600
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Denver
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from Milwaukee to Denver
Ave. Duration
2h 44m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Denver
Ave. Duration
2h 44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $310
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Denver via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $390
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 Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Seat
$35 - $55
Train from Chicago Union Station to Denver
Ave. Duration
18h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Premium
$330 - $460
Flexi Coach Seat
$210 - $310
Business Seat
$220 - $320
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 to St Louis
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $90
Bus from St Louis to Denver
Ave. Duration
17h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$85 - $120
Flexible
$120 - $190

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More Questions & Answers

The quickest flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Denver Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 35m.

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Chicago to Denver (Station) bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Denver station.

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Denver (Station) is 1h behind Chicago. It is currently 7:49 PM in Chicago and 6:49 PM in Denver (Station).

Chicago to Denver (Station) train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Denver station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Denver (Station) is 1007 miles. It takes approximately 15h 41m to drive from Chicago to Denver (Station).

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

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There are 328+ hotels available in Denver (Station). 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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