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There are 7 ways to get from Chicago to East Saint Louis by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5h 45m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to St. Louis Gateway Station Lincoln Service / ...

$54 - $131

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Bus  •  6h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to St. Louis via St Louis

$32 - $43

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Bus via St Louis, Mo  •  6h 38m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to St Louis, Mo 1353 / ...

$41 - $54

Drive  •  4h 50m

  1. Drive from Chicago to East Saint Louis 295.2 miles

$28 - $45

Fly from Chicago Midway  •  3h 29m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to St. Louis (STL) MDW - STL

$125 - $307

Fly from Chicago O'Hare  •  3h 42m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to St. Louis (STL) ORD - STL

$90 - $248

Train to Milwaukee, fly  •  5h 7m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee Intermodal Station
  2. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to St. Louis (STL) MKE - STL

$163 - $347

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to East Saint Louis is to drive which costs $28 - $45 and takes 4h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to East Saint Louis is to fly which costs $120 - $310 and takes 3h 29m.

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No, there is no direct train from Chicago station to East Saint Louis station. However, there are services departing from Chicago Union Station and arriving at 5TH & MISSOURI station via CIVIC CENTER station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 45m.

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The distance between Chicago and East Saint Louis is 263 miles. The road distance is 295.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to East Saint Louis without a car is to train which takes 5h 45m and costs $50 - $140.

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It takes approximately 5h 45m to get from Chicago to East Saint Louis, including transfers.

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Chicago to East Saint Louis train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Chicago Union Station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to East Saint Louis is to train which takes 5h 45m and costs $50 - $140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $30 - $45 and takes 6h 15m, you could also fly, which costs $120 - $310 and takes 3h 29m.

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The quickest flight from Chicago Midway Airport to St. Louis Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Chicago to East Saint Louis train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at St. Louis Gateway Station.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to East Saint Louis.
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  • Distance: 262.6 miles
  • Duration: 5h 45m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and East Saint Louis, IL, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Chicago to East Saint Louis every 4 hours. Tickets cost $50 - $130 and the journey takes 5h 30m. Alternatively, Megabus operates a bus from Chicago to East Saint Louis twice daily. Tickets cost $29 - $40 and the journey takes 6h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to St. Louis
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Milwaukee to St. Louis
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to St. Louis
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Milwaukee to St. Louis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $750
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to St. Louis
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Milwaukee to St. Louis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $550
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 St. Louis Gateway Station
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
Train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee Intermodal Station
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
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, Il to St Louis, Mo
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $50
Flexible
$60 - $90

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to East Saint Louis is 295 miles. It takes approximately 4h 50m to drive from Chicago to East Saint Louis.

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Chicago Midway Airport to St. Louis Airport.

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There are 210+ hotels available in East Saint Louis. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago Midway Airport is to subway which takes 23m and costs $2 - $4.

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