There are 8 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  •  3 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station 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

6 alternative options

Bus Greyhound USA  •  6 h 14 min

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

$41 - $74

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 3 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 Midway to Detroit, bus  •  4 h 52 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 Grand Rapids, line 5 bus, bus, line 01 bus  •  6 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Grand Rapids (GRR) ORD - GRR
  2. Take the line 5 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

Fly Chicago Midway to Grand Rapids, line 5 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 5 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

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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 costs $21 - $35 and takes 3 h 40 min.

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

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The distance between Chicago and East Lansing is 172 miles. The road distance is 221.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to East Lansing without a car is to train which takes 3 h 58 min and costs $40 - $110.

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It takes approximately 3 h 58 min to get from Chicago to East Lansing, including transfers.

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Chicago to East Lansing bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Chicago, Il station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to East Lansing is to train which takes 3 h 58 min and costs $40 - $110. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $40 - $75 and takes 6 h 14 min.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to East Lansing.
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  • Distance: 172.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 58 min

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, East Lansing, MI, and NBD Harrison past Service in around 6 h 14 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from Chicago Midway to Grand Rapids
Ave. Duration
48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $490
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
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Lansing
Ave. Duration
57 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
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

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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station 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
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
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 East Lansing, MI
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $26
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Michigan State University
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
Frequency
Once 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
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak to East Lansing
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.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
Michigan Flyer
Website
michiganflyer.com
Bus from DTW McNamara Terminal to East Lansing Marriott
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
michiganflyer.com
The Rapid
Website
ridetherapid.org
Bus from Kentwood Station - Woodland to Central Station
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Schedules at
connect.ridetherapid.org

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