There are 6 ways to get from Chicago to Effingham by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  3 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Effingham Amtrak City Of New Orleans / ...

$40 - $100

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Bus  •  3 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Effingham, Il 1227 / ...

$34 - $70

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Drive  •  3 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Effingham 210.6 miles

$20 - $30

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Champaign, train  •  4 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Champaign (CMI) ORD - CMI
  2. Take the train from Champaign-Urbana Amtrak to Effingham Amtrak

$157 - $513

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Springfield, drive  •  5 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Springfield (SPI) ORD - SPI
  2. Drive from Springfield to Effingham

$96 - $359

Fly Chicago Midway to St. Louis, bus  •  5 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to St. Louis (STL) MDW - STL
  2. Take the bus from St Louis, Mo to Effingham, Il

$154 - $371

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Effingham is to drive which costs $20 - $30 and takes 3 h 27 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Effingham is to drive which costs $20 - $30 and takes 3 h 27 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at Effingham Amtrak. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 31 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Effingham is 198 miles. The road distance is 210.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Effingham without a car is to train which takes 3 h 31 min and costs $40 - $100.

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The train from Chicago Union Station to Effingham Amtrak takes 3 h 31 min including transfers and departs three times a day.

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Chicago to Effingham train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Chicago Union Station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Effingham is to train which takes 3 h 31 min and costs $40 - $100. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $30 - $70 and takes 3 h 47 min.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Champaign Airport is the direct flight which takes 46 min.

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Chicago to Effingham train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Effingham Amtrak station.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Effingham.
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  • Distance: 197.5 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 31 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Effingham, IL, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Chicago to Effingham 3 times a day. Tickets cost $40 - $100 and the journey takes 3 h 31 min. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Chicago to Effingham hourly. Tickets cost $25 - $60 and the journey takes 3 h 44 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to St. Louis
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Champaign
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Springfield
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Champaign
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $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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Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Effingham Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 31 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $100
Room
$200 - $280
Train from Champaign-Urbana Amtrak to Effingham Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
3 times a day
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

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 Effingham, Il
Ave. Duration
3 h 44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $60
Bus from St Louis, Mo to Effingham, Il
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$29 - $40

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Effingham is 211 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 27 min to drive from Chicago to Effingham.

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

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There are 18+ hotels available in Effingham. Prices start at $58 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago O'Hare Airport is to subway which takes 43 min and costs $2 - $5.

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