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

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Fly Chicago Midway to Los Angeles  •  6h 54m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Los Angeles (LAX) MDW - LAX

$150 - $565

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles  •  7h 8m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Los Angeles (LAX) ORD - LAX

$70 - $306

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Fly Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino, bus  •  7h 55m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) MDW - ONT
  2. Take the bus from Pomona Transit Center to Arcadia St and Alameda St

$205 - $761

Fly Chicago Midway to Burbank  •  7h 38m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Burbank (BUR) MDW - BUR

$257 - $961

Train to Milwaukee, fly to Los Angeles  •  8h 42m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee Intermodal Station
  2. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Los Angeles (LAX) MKE - LAX

$197 - $613

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana, train  •  9h 43m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Santa Ana (SNA) ORD - SNA
  2. Take the train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station

$142 - $500

Train  •  43h 10m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles Union Station Southwest Chief

$200 - $290

Bus  •  47h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Los Angeles, Ca 1351

$210 - $300

Drive  •  31h 45m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Los Angeles 2052.2 miles

$200 - $290

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Los Angeles is to fly which costs $70 - $310 and takes 7h 8m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Los Angeles is to fly which costs $150 - $600 and takes 6h 54m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at Los Angeles, Ca. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 47h 55m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at Los Angeles Union Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 43h 10m.

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The distance between Chicago and Los Angeles is 1753 miles. The road distance is 2052.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Los Angeles without a car is to train which takes 43h 10m and costs $200 - $290.

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It takes approximately 6h 54m to get from Chicago to Los Angeles, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Chicago to Los Angeles is to fly which takes 6h 54m and costs $150 - $600. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $200 - $290 and takes 43h 10m, you could also bus, which costs $210 - $300 and takes 47h 55m.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Los Angeles.
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  • Distance: 1752.6 miles
  • Duration: 6h 54m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Los Angeles, CA, USA?

Southwest Airlines flies from Chicago to Los Angeles hourly. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Chicago to Los Angeles once daily. Tickets cost $200 - $290 and the journey takes 43h 10m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 12m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via Albuquerque
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,500
Flights from Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,500
Flights from Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 8m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,500
Flights from Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,500
Flights from Chicago Midway to Burbank
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Chicago Midway to Burbank via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Chicago Midway to Burbank via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Chicago Midway to Burbank via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 38m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Milwaukee to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,300
Flights from Milwaukee to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 12m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,300
Flights from Milwaukee to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $1,300
Flights from Milwaukee to Los Angeles via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,300
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Milwaukee to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Flights from Milwaukee to Los Angeles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
4h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles via Albuquerque
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Flights from Milwaukee to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $1,200
Flights from Milwaukee to Los Angeles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $1,200
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
4h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
4h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Los Angeles via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,200
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6h 32m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $480
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 Milwaukee Intermodal Station
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Seat
$35 - $55
Train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
43h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$200 - $290
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$200 - $290
Premium
$500 - $750
Flexi Coach Seat
$420 - $650
Business Seat
$460 - $650
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Website
Metrolink Trains
Bus operators
Foothill Transit
Phone
+1 800-743-3463
Website
foothilltransit.org
Bus from Pomona Transit Center to Arcadia St and Alameda St
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
foothilltransit.org
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 Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
47h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$210 - $300
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$210 - $300
Flexible
$300 - $430

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The quickest flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 4h 25m.

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Chicago to Los Angeles bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Los Angeles, Ca station.

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Los Angeles is 2h behind Chicago. It is currently 9:34 AM in Chicago and 7:34 AM in Los Angeles.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Los Angeles is 2052 miles. It takes approximately 31h 45m to drive from Chicago to Los Angeles.

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Chicago Midway Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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Book your Chicago to Los Angeles bus tickets online with Greyhound.

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There are 2090+ hotels available in Los Angeles. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago Midway Airport is to subway which takes 23 min and costs $2 - $4.

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