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There are 4 ways to get from Chicago to Illinois State University by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  2h 31m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Bloomington-Normal Lincoln Service / ...

$30 - $45

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Bus  •  5h 34m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to Bloomington Normal "Greyhound"

$29 - $39

2 alternative options

Drive  •  2h 17m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Illinois State University 133.7 miles

$13 - $19

Fly  •  4h 18m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Bloomington (BMI) ORD - BMI

$144 - $506

Chicago to Illinois State University by bus and walk

The journey time between Chicago and Illinois State University is around 5h 12m and covers a distance of around 225 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 5h 12m. Services are operated by Greyhound USA and Connect Transit. Typically seven services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
5h 12m
Fastest journey time:
5h 12m
Journey distance:
225 miles
Services per week:
7
Cheapest price:
$29
Carbon emissions:
44 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
06:45
Last service departs at:
06:45

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Chicago to Illinois State University bus and walk schedules

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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

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Illinois State University is 800-232-4636.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Illinois State University is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Illinois State University 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
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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Illinois State University is to drive which costs $13 - $19 and takes 2h 17m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Illinois State University is to drive which costs $13 - $19 and takes 2h 17m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Illinois State University. However, there are services departing from Chicago and arriving at Main St & Willow St via Downtown Bloomington Transfer Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 34m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at Bloomington-Normal. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 11m.

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It is 119 miles from Chicago to Illinois State University. It is approximately 133.7 miles to drive.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Illinois State University without a car is to train which takes 2h 31m and costs $30 - $45.

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The train from Chicago Union Station to Bloomington-Normal takes 2h 11m including transfers and departs five times a day.

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Chicago to Illinois State University bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Chicago station.

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Chicago to Illinois State University train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Chicago Union Station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Illinois State University is to train which takes 2h 31m and costs $30 - $45. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $28 - $40 and takes 5h 34m, you could also fly, which costs $140 - $550 and takes 4h 18m.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Illinois State University.
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  • Distance: 118.8 miles
  • Duration: 2h 31m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Illinois State University, IL, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Chicago Union Station to Bloomington-Normal 5 times a day. Tickets cost $30 - $45 and the journey takes 2h 11m. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Chicago to Bloomington Normal once daily. Tickets cost $27 - $40 and the journey takes 4h 40m.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Bloomington
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
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 Bloomington-Normal
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Seat
$45 - $65
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 Bloomington Normal
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$27 - $40
Flexible
$50 - $70

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Bloomington Airport is the direct flight which takes 58 min.

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Chicago to Illinois State University bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Bloomington Normal station.

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Chicago to Illinois State University train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Bloomington-Normal station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Illinois State University is 134 miles. It takes approximately 2h 17m to drive from Chicago to Illinois State University.

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American Airlines offers flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Bloomington Airport.

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There are 36+ hotels available in Illinois State University. 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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