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

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Train  •  4 h

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

$44 - $104

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Bus  •  6 h 25 min

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

$30 - $55

3 alternative options

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  •  3 h 50 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  •  5 h 7 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

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 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, and operate every day. 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 4 h and costs $40 - $110.

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

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Chicago to East Lansing bus services, operated by Indian Trails, depart from Chicago, IL station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to East Lansing is to train which takes 4 h and costs $40 - $110. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $30 - $55 and takes 6 h 25 min.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Lansing Airport is the direct flight which takes 54 min.

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Chicago to East Lansing bus services, operated by Indian Trails, arrive at Michigan State University station.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to East Lansing.
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  • Distance: 172.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h

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, Indian Trails operates a bus from Chicago to East Lansing once daily. Tickets cost $30 - $55 and the journey takes 6 h 25 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
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Lansing
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Lansing
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $650
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 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
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
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
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
13 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
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
michiganflyer.com

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East Lansing is 1 h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 5:16 AM in Chicago and 6:16 AM in East Lansing.

Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to East Lansing is 222 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 40 min to drive from Chicago to East Lansing.

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Lansing Airport.

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There are 42+ hotels available in East Lansing. Prices start at $68 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago O'Hare Airport is to subway which takes 42 min and costs $2 - $5.

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