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There are 12 ways to get from Chicago to Lancaster by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Harrisburg, train  •  6h 14m

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

$146 - $432

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Bus, train  •  18h 24m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Toledo
  2. Take the bus from Toledo to Harrisburg
  3. Take the train from Harrisburg to Lancaster

$93 - $170

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Fly Chicago Midway to Philadelphia, train  •  6h 20m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Philadelphia (PHL) MDW - PHL
  2. Take the train from Philadelphia to Lancaster

$224 - $1,052

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia, train  •  6h 39m

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

$114 - $392

Fly Chicago Midway to Baltimore, train  •  7h 40m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Baltimore (BWI) MDW - BWI
  2. Take the train from Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Philadelphia
  3. Take the train from Philadelphia to Lancaster

$196 - $735

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore, train  •  7h 57m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Baltimore (BWI) ORD - BWI
  2. Take the train from Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Philadelphia
  3. Take the train from Philadelphia to Lancaster

$136 - $375

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, bus, train  •  9h 12m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton (ABE) ORD - ABE
  2. Take the bus from Lehigh Valley International Airport Trans Bridge Bus Stop to Doylestown
  3. Take the train from Doylestown to Jefferson Station
  4. Take the train from Philadelphia to Lancaster

$180 - $464

Fly Chicago Midway to Reagan Washington, train  •  7h 53m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Reagan Washington (DCA) MDW - DCA
  2. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Philadelphia
  3. Take the train from Philadelphia to Lancaster

$192 - $1,251

Train via Pittsburgh  •  16h 31m

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

$99 - $142

Bus  •  17h 12m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to New York
  2. Take the bus from New York, NY to Lancaster, PA OurBus

$116 - $148

Train  •  27h 53m

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

$130 - $186

Drive  •  11h 26m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Lancaster 695.5 miles

$65 - $100

Chicago to Lancaster by train

The train journey time between Chicago and Lancaster is around 17h 56m and covers a distance of around 761 miles. The fastest train normally takes 17h 56m. Operated by Amtrak, the Chicago to Lancaster train service departs from Chicago Union Station and arrives in Lancaster. Typically six trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
17h 56m
Fastest train time:
17h 56m
Trains per week:
6
Cheapest price:
$99
Carbon emissions:
64 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
18:40
Last train departs at:
18:40

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Chicago to Lancaster train schedules

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The most affordable way to get from Chicago to Lancaster is to drive, which costs $65 - $100 and takes 11h 26m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Lancaster is to fly and train which costs $140 - $440 and takes 6h 14m.

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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 via Pittsburgh Amtrak Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h 31m.

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The distance between Chicago and Lancaster is 607 miles. The road distance is 695.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Lancaster without a car is to train via Pittsburgh which takes 16h 31m and costs $95 - $150.

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It takes approximately 6h 14m to get from Chicago to Lancaster, including transfers.

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Chicago to Lancaster train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Chicago Union Station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Lancaster is to train via Pittsburgh which takes 16h 31m and costs $95 - $150. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $110 - $150 and takes 17h 12m.

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

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Lancaster is 1h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 5:11 PM in Chicago and 6:11 PM in Lancaster.

Map of how to get from Chicago to Lancaster.
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  • Distance: 607.3 miles
  • Duration: 6h 14m

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

You can take a train from Chicago to Lancaster via Pittsburgh Amtrak Station in around 16h 31m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chicago to Lancaster via New York, Canal St, 28 St, and New York, NY in around 17h 12m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Chicago Midway to Philadelphia via Nashville
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $460
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $360
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Columbus
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $360
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Buffalo
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $380
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Cleveland
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$95 - $360
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $360
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $310
Flights from Chicago Midway to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $140
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Harrisburg
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Harrisburg via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
2h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia via Akron
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia via Columbus
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 49m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia via Covington
Ave. Duration
3h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia via Grand Rapids
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
2h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton
Ave. Duration
2h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Harrisburg
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $420
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Harrisburg via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $420
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
2h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $330
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore via Toronto
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Harrisburg via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $360
Flights from Chicago Midway to Philadelphia via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $420
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $370
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $320
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $340
Flights from Chicago Midway to Reagan Washington via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $390
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore via Toronto
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $320
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 Harrisburg to Lancaster
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$29 - $45
Train from Philadelphia to Lancaster
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Business Seat
$35 - $50
Train from Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $40
Premium
$190 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
Train from Washington Union Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Seat
$45 - $70
Train from Chicago Union Station to Pittsburgh Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
9h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Premium
$240 - $340
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Business Seat
$110 - $170
Train from Pittsburgh Amtrak Station to Lancaster
Ave. Duration
6h 6m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Premium
$210 - $300
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Business Seat
$75 - $110
Train from Chicago Union Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
25h 41m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Premium
$330 - $460
Flexi Coach Seat
$210 - $310
Business Seat
$220 - $320
Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service serves the US’ busy northeast corridor from Virginia to Massachusetts; major stops include Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a quiet car, cafe and business-class seating, and travelling with a small dog or cat is permitted. Book at least 14 days in advance for a cheaper Saver Fare.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $90
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$45 - $90
Business Class Seat
$70 - $130
Train from Washington Union Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $100
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$50 - $100
Business Class Seat
$75 - $140
SEPTA
Bus operators
Trans-bridge Lines
Phone
+1 610-868-6001
Email
webmaster@transbridgelines.com
Website
transbridgelines.com
Bus from Lehigh Valley International Airport Trans Bridge Bus Stop to Doylestown
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
transbridgelines.com
D&W Bus
Website
gotobus.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to New York
Ave. Duration
12h 15m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$90 - $110
Schedules at
gotobus.com
Book at
gotobus.com
OurBus
Phone
+1 844-800-6828
Website
ourbus.com
Bus from New York, NY to Lancaster, PA
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Book at
ourbus.com
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 Toledo
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $45
Flexible
$55 - $80
Bus from Toledo to Harrisburg
Ave. Duration
10h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$45 - $70
Flexible
$75 - $120

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Lancaster is 696 miles. It takes approximately 11h 26m to drive from Chicago to Lancaster.

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

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There are 119+ hotels available in Lancaster. 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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