Need a hotel room in Pigeon Forge?

Book now

There are 10 ways to get from Chicago to Great Smoky Mountains National Park by plane, car, bus, shuttle or train

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

Recommended option

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Knoxville, drive  •  5h 3m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Knoxville (TYS) ORD - TYS
  2. Drive from Knoxville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

$92 - $474

Cheapest option

Fly Chicago Midway to Asheville, drive  •  5h

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Asheville (AVL) MDW - AVL
  2. Drive from Asheville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

$80 - $3,117

8 alternative options

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Asheville, drive  •  5h 20m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Asheville (AVL) ORD - AVL
  2. Drive from Asheville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

$130 - $237

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Greenville/Spartanburg, drive  •  6h 26m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Greenville/Spartanburg (GSP) ORD - GSP
  2. Drive from Greenville/Spartanburg to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

$174 - $334

Fly Chicago Midway to Knoxville, drive  •  4h 40m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Knoxville (TYS) MDW - TYS
  2. Drive from Knoxville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

$92 - $504

Bus, shuttle, drive  •  23h 11m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago Union Station to Nashville
  2. Take the bus from Nashville to Johnson City
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Black Bear Resort to Hot Springs, NC
  4. Drive from Hot Springs, NC to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

$270 - $323

Bus, drive  •  23h 14m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to Atlanta
  2. Take the bus from Atlanta, GA to Greenville, SC - Raceway Gas Station 1116 Woodruff Rd.
  3. Take the bus from Greenville to Asheville
  4. Drive from Asheville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

$118 - $162

Bus, drive via Columbia  •  26h 28m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to Atlanta
  2. Take the bus from Atlanta, GA to Columbia
  3. Take the bus from Columbia to Asheville
  4. Drive from Asheville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

$136 - $198

Train, bus, drive  •  32h 44m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Charlottesville
  2. Take the train from Charlottesville to Greensboro
  3. Take the bus from Greensboro to Greenville
  4. Take the bus from Greenville to Asheville
  5. Drive from Asheville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Drive  •  10h 34m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Great Smoky Mountains National Park 603.1 miles

$55 - $90

Chicago → Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Fully open

Travel safe during COVID-19

Rules to follow in United States

2m

Recommended

Recommended

Travel within United States

Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

COVID-19 help in United States

If you need help, visit the national COVID-19 website or call the COVID-19 Helpline 800-232-4636

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, travel within United States is currently allowed.

Explore travel options

Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

Explore travel options

The national COVID-19 helpline number in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is 800-232-4636.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800-232-4636.

Last updated: 28 Jul 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Centers for Disease control and prevention (CDC).

We're working around the clock to bring you the latest COVID-19 travel updates.
This information is compiled from official sources. To the best of our knowledge, it is correct as of the last update.
Visit Rome2rio travel advice for general help.

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is to drive which costs $55 - $90 and takes 10h 34m.

More details

The quickest way to get from Chicago to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is to fly and drive which costs $90 - $550 and takes 4h 40m.

More details

The distance between Chicago and Great Smoky Mountains National Park is 490 miles. The road distance is 603.1 miles.

Get driving directions

It takes approximately 5h 3m to get from Chicago to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including transfers.

More details

The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Knoxville Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 34m.

Search flights

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is 1h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 5:35 PM in Chicago and 6:35 PM in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is 603 miles. It takes approximately 10h 34m to drive from Chicago to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Get driving directions

United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta offer flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Knoxville Airport.

Search flights

There are 839+ hotels available in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

More details

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

More details

Map of how to get from Chicago to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 489.8 miles
  • Duration: 5h 3m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN, USA?

There is no direct connection from Chicago to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. However, you can take the subway to O'Hare, take the walk to Chicago O'Hare airport, fly to Knoxville, then take the drive to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Alternatively, you can take the subway to O'Hare, take the walk to Chicago O'Hare airport, fly to Asheville, then take the drive to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Knoxville
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $460
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Knoxville via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $460
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Asheville
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Asheville via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Greenville/Spartanburg
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $480
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Greenville/Spartanburg via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $480
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Knoxville via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $360
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Knoxville via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h 56m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $340
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Asheville via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3h 51m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $300
Flights from Chicago Midway to Asheville via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3h 38m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $370
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Greenville/Spartanburg via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $260
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Greenville/Spartanburg via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $260
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Knoxville
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Asheville
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $440
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Greenville/Spartanburg
Ave. Duration
1h 49m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $490
Allegiant Air
Website
allegiantair.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Asheville
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $240
Flights from Chicago Midway to Knoxville
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $490
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Charlottesville
Ave. Duration
20h 25m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$85 - $120
Premium
$300 - $410
Flexi Coach Seat
$160 - $250
Business Seat
$180 - $260
Train from Charlottesville to Greensboro
Ave. Duration
3h 33m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Premium
$200 - $280
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Seat
$55 - $80
Bus operators
Amtrak Thruway

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 Thruway
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Chicago Union Station to Nashville
Ave. Duration
10h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Schedules at
amtrak.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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Nashville to Johnson City
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $50
Flexible
$55 - $85
Bus from Chicago to Atlanta
Ave. Duration
16h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$75 - $110
Flexible
$110 - $170
Black Bear Resort
Phone
+1-423-725-5988
Website
blackbearresorttn.com
Shuttle from Black Bear Resort to Hot Springs, NC
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$122
Schedules at
blackbearresorttn.com
Coach Run
Website
coachrun.com
Bus from Atlanta, GA to Greenville, SC - Raceway Gas Station 1116 Woodruff Rd.
Ave. Duration
2h 48m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Book at
gotobus.com
Southeastern Stages
Phone
+1 404-591-2750
Email
info@sestages.com
Website
southeasternstages.com
Bus from Greenville to Asheville
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$9 - $15
Schedules at
southeasternstages.com
Bus from Atlanta, GA to Columbia
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $50
Schedules at
southeasternstages.com
Bus from Columbia to Asheville
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
southeasternstages.com
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Greensboro to Greenville
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
5 times a week
Schedules at
flixbus.com

Want to know more about travelling around United States

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.

Rome2rio uses cookies to help personalize content and show you personalised ads. By proceeding, you accept the use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy. You may opt out of personalised ads at any time. OK