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There are 7 ways to get from Chicago to Empire by plane, taxi, train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly to Traverse City

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Traverse City (TVC)

Fly to Manistee, taxi

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Manistee (MBL)
  2. Take a taxi from Manistee to Empire

Train, Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails via Kalamazoo

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Kalamazoo
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak to Traverse City, MI

Train, bus, taxi

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Grand Rapids Vernon J. Ehlers Station
  2. Take the bus from Grand Rapids, MI to Kingsley, MI
  3. Take a taxi from Kingsley, MI to Empire

Train, Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Grand Rapids Vernon J. Ehlers Station
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from Grand Rapids to Traverse City, MI

Bus, Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to Kalamazoo
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak to Traverse City, MI

Drive

  1. Drive from Chicago to Empire

Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Traverse City (TVC) flights

The flight time between Chicago O'Hare (ORD) and Traverse City (TVC) is around 1h 10m and covers a distance of around 226 miles. The fastest flight normally takes 1h 6m. Services are operated by American Airlines and United Airlines. Typically 66 flights run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Flight route information

Average flight journey time:
1h 10m
Fastest flight journey time:
1h 6m
Flight distance:
226 miles
Flights per week:
66
Cheapest price:
$89
Carbon emissions:
119 kg CO2

First and last flights

First flight departs at:
08:55
Last flight departs at:
20:50

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Traverse City (TVC) flight schedules

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Empire is to drive which costs $30 - $45 and takes 5h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Empire is to fly which costs $170 - $310 and takes 3h 33m.

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The distance between Chicago and Empire is 219 miles. The road distance is 313.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Empire without a car is to train and Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails via Kalamazoo which takes 9h 18m and costs .

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It takes approximately 3h 33m to get from Chicago to Empire, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Empire is to fly which takes 3h 33m and costs $170 - $310. Alternatively, you can bus and Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails, which costs and takes 10h.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Traverse City Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 6m.

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Empire is 1h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 2:53 AM in Chicago and 3:53 AM in Empire.

Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Empire is 314 miles. It takes approximately 5h 55m to drive from Chicago to Empire.

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

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Empire.
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  • Distance: 218.8 miles
  • Duration: 3h 33m

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

American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Chicago to Empire every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chicago to Empire via Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak, and Traverse City, MI in around 10h.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $440
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Manistee
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $280
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
Cape Air
Website
capeair.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Manistee
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $280
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 Kalamazoo
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Seat
$45 - $70
Train from Chicago Union Station to Grand Rapids Vernon J. Ehlers Station
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $50
Premium
$200 - $280
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Seat
$55 - $80
Bus 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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak to Traverse City, MI
Ave. Duration
5h 32m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Bus from Grand Rapids to Traverse City, MI
Ave. Duration
4h 6m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Grand Rapids, MI to Kingsley, MI
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
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 to Kalamazoo
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$21 - $30
Flexible
$40 - $60
Other operators
Taxi from Manistee to Empire
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Estimated price
$140 - $180

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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 $1 - $5.

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