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

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Train  •  3h 44m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Jackson Amtrak Station Wolverine

$40 - $110

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Bus  •  5h

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Kalamazoo, Mi 5508 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Kalamazoo, MI to Jackson, MI Indianopolis

$40 - $73

3 alternative options

Drive  •  3h 25m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Jackson 208.1 miles

$20 - $30

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Lansing, bus  •  5h 23m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Lansing (LAN) ORD - LAN
  2. Take the bus from Lansing, Mi to Jackson, Mi

$134 - $730

Fly Chicago Midway to Detroit, train  •  5h 26m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Detroit (DTW) MDW - DTW
  2. Take the train from Dearborn Amtrak Station to Jackson Amtrak Station

$150 - $321

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Jackson is to drive which costs $20 - $30 and takes 3h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Jackson is to drive which costs $20 - $30 and takes 3h 25m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Jackson. However, there are services departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at Jackson, MI via Kalamazoo, MI. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at Jackson Amtrak Station station. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 44m.

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The distance between Chicago and Jackson is 168 miles. The road distance is 208.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Jackson without a car is to train which takes 3h 44m and costs $40 - $110.

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The train from Chicago Union Station to Jackson Amtrak Station takes 3h 44m including transfers and departs three times a day.

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Chicago to Jackson bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Chicago, Il station.

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Chicago to Jackson train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Chicago Union Station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Jackson is to train which takes 3h 44m and costs $40 - $110. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $40 - $75 and takes 5h.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Jackson.
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  • Distance: 168.4 miles
  • Duration: 3h 44m

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

Amtrak operates a train from Chicago to Jackson 3 times a day. Tickets cost $40 - $110 and the journey takes 3h 44m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chicago to Jackson via Kalamazoo, MI in around 5h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Lansing
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Lansing
Ave. Duration
58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $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 Jackson Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
3h 44m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Room
$200 - $280
Train from Dearborn Amtrak Station to Jackson Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$26 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$140 - $200
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.

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 Chicago, Il to Kalamazoo, Mi
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50
Bus from Lansing, Mi to Jackson, Mi
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $23
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $15
Flexible
$18 - $23

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Lansing Airport is the direct flight which takes 54m.

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Chicago to Jackson bus services, operated by Hoosier Ride, arrive at Jackson, MI station.

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Jackson is 1h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 6:56 AM in Chicago and 7:56 AM in Jackson.

Chicago to Jackson train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Jackson Amtrak Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Jackson is 208 miles. It takes approximately 3h 25m to drive from Chicago to Jackson.

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

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There are 13+ hotels available in Jackson. Prices start at $47 USD per night.

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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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