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There are 5 ways to get from Chicago to Grinnell by bus, train, taxi, car or plane

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Bus  •  6 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Grinnell, IA 1201

$45 - $70

4 alternative options

Train, taxi  •  7 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Ottumwa Amtrak Station California Zephyr
  2. Take a taxi from Oskaloosa, IA to Grinnell

$143 - $246

Drive  •  4 h 45 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Grinnell 287.2 miles

$28 - $45

Fly to Cedar Rapids, bus  •  6 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Cedar Rapids (CID) ORD - CID
  2. Take the bus from Iowa City, IA to Grinnell, IA

$159 - $758

Fly to Des Moines, bus  •  7 h 9 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Des Moines (DSM) ORD - DSM
  2. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Grinnell, IA- Rosenfield Center

$174 - $737

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Grinnell is to drive which costs $28 - $45 and takes 4 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Grinnell is to drive which costs $28 - $45 and takes 4 h 45 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago, IL and arriving at Grinnell, IA. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 10 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Grinnell is 264 miles. The road distance is 287.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Grinnell without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 10 min and costs $45 - $70.

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The bus from Chicago, IL to Grinnell, IA takes 6 h 10 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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Chicago to Grinnell bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, depart from Chicago, IL station.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Cedar Rapids Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 1 min.

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Chicago to Grinnell bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, arrive at Grinnell, IA station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Grinnell is 287 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 45 min to drive from Chicago to Grinnell.

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  • Distance: 264 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 10 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Grinnell, IA, USA?

Burlington Trailways operates a bus from Chicago to Grinnell once daily. Tickets cost $45 - $70 and the journey takes 6 h 10 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Ottumwa Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Grinnell, IA
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Schedules at
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Bus from Iowa City, IA to Grinnell, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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Bus from Des Moines, IA to Grinnell, IA- Rosenfield Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Schedules at
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burlingtontrailways.com
Other operators
Taxi from Oskaloosa, IA to Grinnell
Ave. Duration
51 min
Estimated price
$75 - $95

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

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There are four+ hotels available in Grinnell. 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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