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There are 8 ways to get from Chicago to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles  •  5h 45m

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

$58 - $305

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Fly Chicago Midway to Los Angeles  •  5h 44m

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

$162 - $705

Fly Chicago Midway to Long Beach  •  7h 53m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Long Beach (LGB) MDW - LGB

$236 - $5,522

Fly Chicago Midway to Burbank  •  8h 10m

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

$234 - $2,622

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Ontario/San Bernardino, bus  •  9h 9m

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

$108 - $423

Train, bus  •  42h 49m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Denver California Zephyr
  2. Take the bus from Denver to El Monte "Greyhound"

$213 - $298

Train  •  2 days 18h

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles Texas Eagle

$249 - $344

Drive  •  31h 35m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) 2043.6 miles

$200 - $290

Chicago to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) by train, walk and bus

The journey time between Chicago and Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is around 46h 9m and covers a distance of around 2101 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 46h 9m. Operated by Amtrak, Greyhound USA, Metro Los Angeles and others, the Chicago to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) service departs from Chicago Union Station and arrives in LAX Terminal 3 Upper Level FlyAway Stop. Typically five services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
46h 9m
Fastest journey time:
46h 9m
Journey distance:
2101 miles
Services per week:
5
Cheapest price:
$213
Carbon emissions:
299 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
14:00
Last service departs at:
14:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Chicago to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) train, walk and bus schedules

Chicago → Los Angeles Airport (LAX)
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is 800-232-4636.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Los Angeles Airport (LAX) 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: 20 Jul 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is to fly which costs $55 - $310 and takes 5h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is to fly which costs $160 - $750 and takes 5h 44m.

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The distance between Chicago and Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is 1764 miles. The road distance is 2043.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) without a car is to train and bus which takes 42h 49m and costs $210 - $300.

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It takes approximately 5h 45m to get from Chicago to Los Angeles Airport (LAX), including transfers.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is to fly which takes 5h 45m and costs $55 - $310. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $240 - $350 and takes 2 days 18h.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 4h 3m.

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is 2h behind Chicago. It is currently 7:14 PM in Chicago and 5:14 PM in Los Angeles Airport (LAX).

Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is 2044 miles. It takes approximately 31h 35m to drive from Chicago to Los Angeles Airport (LAX).

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Los Angeles Airport (LAX).
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  • Distance: 1764.5 miles
  • Duration: 5h 45m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Los Angeles Airport (LAX), USA?

United Airlines, American Airlines and four other airlines fly from Chicago to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) hourly. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles 3 times a week. Tickets cost $240 - $340 and the journey takes 2 days 17h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 3m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Chicago Midway to Long Beach via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Chicago Midway to Long Beach via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Chicago Midway to Long Beach via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Chicago Midway to Long Beach via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Chicago Midway to Burbank
Ave. Duration
4h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $380
Flights from Chicago Midway to Burbank via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $380
Flights from Chicago Midway to Burbank via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 57m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $380
Flights from Chicago Midway to Burbank via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 1m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $380
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Ontario/San Bernardino via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$130 - $450
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Ontario/San Bernardino via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $460
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $380
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
4h 16m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Ontario/San Bernardino via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Ontario/San Bernardino via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $410
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $410
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles via San Diego
Ave. Duration
5h 49m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $410
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Ontario/San Bernardino via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $320
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Ontario/San Bernardino via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 38m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $550
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 Denver
Ave. Duration
18h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Premium
$330 - $460
Flexi Coach Seat
$210 - $310
Business Seat
$220 - $320
Train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2 days 17h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$240 - $340
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$240 - $340
Premium
$550 - $850
Flexi Coach Seat
$500 - $750
Business Seat
$550 - $800
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 - $6
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Denver to El Monte
Ave. Duration
22h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$100 - $140
Flexible
$150 - $220

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