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

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Train  •  4h 4m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Grand Rapids Vernon J. Ehlers Station Pere Marquette

$35 - $50

6 alternative options

Bus, Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails  •  5h 16m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to Kalamazoo "Greyhound"
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak to Grand Rapids

Drive  •  2h 58m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Grand Rapids 177.1 miles

$17 - $26

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Grand Rapids, line 5 bus  •  4h 21m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Grand Rapids (GRR) ORD - GRR
  2. Take the line 5 bus from Kentwood Station - Woodland to Wealthy at Division WB

$92 - $189

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Muskegon, taxi  •  3h 21m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Muskegon (MKG) ORD - MKG
  2. Take a taxi from Muskegon to Grand Rapids

$168 - $255

Fly Chicago Midway to Grand Rapids, line 5 bus  •  4h 2m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Grand Rapids (GRR) MDW - GRR
  2. Take the line 5 bus from Kentwood Station - Woodland to Wealthy at Division WB

$96 - $359

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Lansing, drive  •  3h 40m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Lansing (LAN) ORD - LAN
  2. Drive from Lansing to Grand Rapids

$168 - $394

Chicago to Grand Rapids by train

The train journey time between Chicago and Grand Rapids is around 4h 4m and covers a distance of around 177 miles. The fastest train normally takes 4h 4m. Operated by Amtrak, the Chicago to Grand Rapids train service departs from Chicago Union Station and arrives in Grand Rapids Vernon J. Ehlers Station. Typically seven trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
4h 4m
Fastest train time:
4h 4m
Trains per week:
7
Cheapest price:
$35
Carbon emissions:
14 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
18:30
Last train departs at:
18:30

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Chicago to Grand Rapids train schedules

Chicago → Grand Rapids
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The cost-effective way to get from Chicago to Grand Rapids is to drive, which costs $17 - $26 and takes 2h 58m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Grand Rapids is to drive which costs $17 - $26 and takes 2h 58m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Grand Rapids. However, there are services departing from Chicago and arriving at Grand Rapids via Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 16m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at Grand Rapids Vernon J. Ehlers Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 4m.

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The distance between Chicago and Grand Rapids is 126 miles. The road distance is 177.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Grand Rapids without a car is to train which takes 4h 4m and costs $35 - $50.

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The train from Chicago Union Station to Grand Rapids Vernon J. Ehlers Station takes 4h 4m including transfers and departs once daily.

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Chicago to Grand Rapids bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Chicago station.

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Chicago to Grand Rapids train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Chicago Union Station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Grand Rapids is to train which takes 4h 4m and costs $35 - $50. Alternatively, you can bus and Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails, which costs and takes 5h 16m.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Grand Rapids.
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  • Distance: 125.8 miles
  • Duration: 4h 4m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Grand Rapids, Kent County, MI, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Chicago Union Station to Grand Rapids Vernon J. Ehlers Station once daily. Tickets cost $35 - $50 and the journey takes 4h 4m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chicago to Grand Rapids via Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak in around 5h 16m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Grand Rapids
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $330
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Muskegon
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $290
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Lansing
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $400
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Grand Rapids
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $330
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Lansing
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $380
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Grand Rapids
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $350
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 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
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
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 Grand Rapids
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
amtrak.com
The Rapid
Phone
+1 616-456-7514
Website
ridetherapid.org
Bus from Kentwood Station - Woodland to Wealthy at Division WB
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Website
The Rapid
Other operators
Taxi from Muskegon to Grand Rapids
Ave. Duration
41 min
Estimated price
$80 - $100
Port City Cab
Phone
+1 231-739-7161
Website
portcitycab.com
Blue City Taxi
Phone
+1 231-780-5466
Website
bluecitytransportation.com

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Grand Rapids Airport is the direct flight which takes 57 min.

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Chicago to Grand Rapids bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Grand Rapids station.

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Grand Rapids is 1h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 4:42 PM in Chicago and 5:42 PM in Grand Rapids.

Chicago to Grand Rapids train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Grand Rapids Vernon J. Ehlers Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Grand Rapids is 177 miles. It takes approximately 2h 58m to drive from Chicago to Grand Rapids.

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

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There are 70+ hotels available in Grand Rapids. Prices start at $100 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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