There are 9 ways to get from Chicago to Lancaster by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Harrisburg, train  •  5 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Harrisburg (MDT) ORD - MDT
  2. Take the train from Harrisburg Amtrak to Lancaster Amtrak

$205 - $483

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Bus  •  20 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Baltimore Downtown, Md 1632 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Baltimore Downtown, Md to York, Pa 4696 / ...

$95 - $220

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Fly Chicago Midway to Philadelphia, train  •  6 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Philadelphia (PHL) MDW - PHL
  2. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Lancaster Amtrak

$165 - $496

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia, train  •  6 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Philadelphia (PHL) ORD - PHL
  2. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Lancaster Amtrak

$155 - $547

Fly Chicago Midway to Baltimore, train  •  7 h 7 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Baltimore (BWI) MDW - BWI
  2. Take the train from BWI Airport Amtrak to Philadelphia 30th Street Station
  3. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Lancaster Amtrak

$203 - $684

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore, train  •  7 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Baltimore (BWI) ORD - BWI
  2. Take the train from BWI Airport Amtrak to Philadelphia 30th Street Station
  3. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Lancaster Amtrak

$178 - $635

Train via Pittsburgh Amtrak  •  16 h 32 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Pittsburgh Amtrak Capitol Limited
  2. Take the train from Pittsburgh Amtrak to Lancaster Amtrak Pennsylvanian

$125 - $331

Train  •  27 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Philadelphia 30th Street Station Cardinal
  2. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Lancaster Amtrak Keystone Service / ...

$166 - $455

Drive  •  11 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Lancaster 696.8 miles

$65 - $100

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Lancaster. However, there are services departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at Lancaster via Baltimore Downtown, Md and York. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 20 h 59 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Chicago station to Lancaster. However, there are services departing from Chicago Union Station and arriving at Lancaster Amtrak via Pittsburgh Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 32 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Lancaster is 607 miles. The road distance is 696.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Lancaster without a car is to train which takes 16 h 32 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 51 min to get from Chicago to Lancaster, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Chicago to Lancaster is to train which takes 16 h 32 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 20 h 59 min.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Harrisburg Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 45 min.

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Chicago to Lancaster bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at York, Pa station.

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  • Distance: 607.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 51 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Lancaster, PA, USA?

You can take a train from Chicago to Lancaster via Pittsburgh Amtrak in around 16 h 32 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chicago to Lancaster via Baltimore Downtown, Md, York, Pa, and York in around 20 h 59 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Grand Rapids
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Columbus
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Cleveland
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Harrisburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Harrisburg via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4 h 1 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $750
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia via Cleveland
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $750
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia via Grand Rapids
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $750
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia via Covington
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $750
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Harrisburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Harrisburg via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
2 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Harrisburg via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$350 - $900
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 59 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $490
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $470
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Harrisburg Amtrak to Lancaster Amtrak
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Lancaster Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$140 - $200
Train from Chicago Union Station to Pittsburgh Amtrak
Ave. Duration
9 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $210
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Flexi Coach Seat
$130 - $190
Business Coach Seat
$140 - $210
Room
$320 - $440
Train from Pittsburgh Amtrak to Lancaster Amtrak
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
Frequency
Once 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
Train from Chicago Union Station to Philadelphia 30th Street Station
Ave. Duration
25 h 41 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $400
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$140 - $210
Flexi Coach Seat
$240 - $350
Business Coach Seat
$290 - $400
Room
$550 - $750
Amtrak Acela Express

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 Acela Express
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from BWI Airport Amtrak to Philadelphia 30th Street Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $220
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$80 - $190
First Class Seat
$150 - $220
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 Baltimore Downtown, Md
Ave. Duration
17 h 24 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$70 - $180
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$70 - $120
Flexible
$140 - $180
Bus from Baltimore Downtown, Md to York, Pa
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $26
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $17
Flexible
$20 - $26

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Lancaster is 1 h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 1:40 PM in Chicago and 2:40 PM in Lancaster.

Chicago to Lancaster train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Lancaster Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Lancaster is 697 miles. It takes approximately 11 h 23 min to drive from Chicago to Lancaster.

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

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There are 142+ hotels available in Lancaster. Prices start at $75 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 .

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