There are 9 ways to get from Chicago to East Lansing by train, bus, car or plane

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

Train  •  4 h

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to East Lansing Amtrak Blue Water

$44 - $104

Cheapest option

Bus  •  6 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Michigan State University 1482

$30 - $55

7 alternative options

Bus Greyhound USA  •  6 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Kalamazoo, Mi 5508 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Kalamazoo to Lansing 1482

$41 - $73

Drive  •  3 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to East Lansing 221.9 miles

$21 - $35

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Lansing, line 01 bus  •  4 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Lansing (LAN) ORD - LAN
  2. Take the line 01 bus from CATA Trans Center to EBD Gr. River past Abbot Rd

$126 - $709

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Grand Rapids, line 6 bus, bus, line 01 bus  •  6 h 7 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Grand Rapids (GRR) ORD - GRR
  2. Take the line 6 bus from Kentwood Station - Woodland to Central Station
  3. Take the bus from Grand Rapids, Mi to Lansing, Mi
  4. Take the line 01 bus from CATA Trans Center to EBD Gr. River past Abbot Rd

$88 - $279

Fly Chicago Midway to Grand Rapids, line 6 bus, bus, line 01 bus  •  5 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Grand Rapids (GRR) MDW - GRR
  2. Take the line 6 bus from Kentwood Station - Woodland to Central Station
  3. Take the bus from Grand Rapids, Mi to Lansing, Mi
  4. Take the line 01 bus from CATA Trans Center to EBD Gr. River past Abbot Rd

$103 - $388

Fly Chicago Midway to Detroit, bus  •  6 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Detroit (DTW) MDW - DTW
  2. Take the bus from DTW McNamara Terminal to East Lansing Marriott

$145 - $299

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Kalamazoo, train  •  5 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Kalamazoo (AZO) ORD - AZO
  2. Take the train from Kalamazoo Amtrak to East Lansing Amtrak

$215 - $551

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to East Lansing is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 3 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to East Lansing is to drive which takes 3 h 40 min and costs $21 - $35.

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The distance between Chicago and East Lansing is 276 km. The road distance is 355 km.

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It takes approximately 4 h to get from Chicago to East Lansing, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago, IL and arriving at Michigan State University. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 6 h 25 min.

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What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and East Lansing, MI, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Chicago to East Lansing once daily. Tickets cost $40 - $110 and the journey takes 3 h 42 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chicago to East Lansing via Kalamazoo, Mi, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and CATA Trans Center in around 6 h 7 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Grand Rapids
Ave. Duration
49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $490
Flights from Chicago Midway to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Lansing
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Grand Rapids
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Kalamazoo
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Lansing
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Grand Rapids
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $430
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Kalamazoo
Ave. Duration
49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to East Lansing Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Room
$200 - $280
Train from Kalamazoo Amtrak to East Lansing Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$140 - $210
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Chicago, Il to Kalamazoo, Mi
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50
Bus from Grand Rapids, Mi to Lansing, Mi
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $30
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $19
Flexible
$23 - $30
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Kalamazoo to Lansing
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $25
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Michigan State University
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Grand Rapids, MI to Lansing
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Capital Area Transportation Authority
Phone
+1 517-394-1100
Website
cata.org
Bus from CATA Trans Center to EBD Gr. River past Abbot Rd
Ave. Duration
18 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
cata.org
Rapid Transport
Website
ridetherapid.org
Bus from Kentwood Station - Woodland to Central Station
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
ridetherapid.org
Michigan Flyer
Website
michiganflyer.com
Bus from DTW McNamara Terminal to East Lansing Marriott
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
michiganflyer.com

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