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There are 6 ways to get from Chicago to Houghton Lake by train, bus, car, plane or taxi

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Train, bus  •  8h 6m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to East Lansing Amtrak Station Blue Water
  2. Take the bus from East Lansing, MI to Houghton Lake E Lansing

$72 - $142

Cheapest option

Bus  •  9h 49m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Lansing 1482
  2. Take the bus from Lansing, MI to Houghton Lake E Lansing

$64 - $92

4 alternative options

Drive  •  5h 21m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Houghton Lake 308.4 miles

$30 - $45

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City, drive  •  4h 24m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Traverse City (TVC) ORD - TVC
  2. Drive from Traverse City to Houghton Lake

$159 - $616

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Saginaw, taxi  •  4h 13m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Saginaw (MBS) ORD - MBS
  2. Take a taxi from Saginaw to Houghton Lake

$207 - $445

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

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Manistee (MBL) MDW - MBL
  2. Drive from Manistee to Houghton Lake

$70 - $187

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Houghton Lake is to drive which costs $30 - $45 and takes 5h 21m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Houghton Lake is to fly and taxi which costs $200 - $450 and takes 4h 13m.

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The distance between Chicago and Houghton Lake is 223 miles. The road distance is 308.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Houghton Lake without a car is to train and bus which takes 8h 6m and costs $70 - $150.

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It takes approximately 8h 6m to get from Chicago to Houghton Lake, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Traverse City Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 4m.

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Houghton Lake is 1h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 1:13 AM in Chicago and 2:13 AM in Houghton Lake.

Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Houghton Lake is 308 miles. It takes approximately 5h 21m to drive from Chicago to Houghton Lake.

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

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There are eight+ hotels available in Houghton Lake. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Houghton Lake.
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  • Distance: 223.2 miles
  • Duration: 8h 6m

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

You can take a bus from Chicago to Houghton Lake via Lansing, MI and Houghton Lake in around 9h 49m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Saginaw
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $650
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Regional Sky
Website
regionalsky.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Manistee
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$29 - $250
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 East Lansing Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Room
$200 - $280
Bus operators
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from East Lansing, MI to Houghton Lake
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $27
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Lansing
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Lansing, MI to Houghton Lake
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $26
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Other operators
Taxi from Saginaw to Houghton Lake
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Estimated price
$95 - $120
Tri-City Taxi
Phone
+1 989-684-5960
A Greater Bay Cab Co
Phone
+1 989-894-1118

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

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