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There are 9 ways to get from Chicago to Mammoth Cave National Park by bus, car, car ferry, train, taxi or plane

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Recommended option

Bus, drive, car ferry  •  10h 3m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to Louisville
  2. Take the bus from Louisville to Bowling Green
  3. Drive from Bowling Green to Mammoth Cave
  4. Take the car ferry from Mammoth Cave to Mammoth Cave

$57 - $111

8 alternative options

Train, bus, taxi  •  10h 47m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Indianapolis
  2. Take the bus from Indianapolis to Louisville
  3. Take the bus from Louisville to Sonora Elizabethtown
  4. Take a taxi from Sonora Elizabethtown to Mammoth Cave National Park

$157 - $229

Bus, taxi  •  11h 53m

  1. Take the bus from Hammond. IN to Louisville, KY
  2. Take the bus from Louisville to Sonora Elizabethtown
  3. Take a taxi from Sonora Elizabethtown to Mammoth Cave National Park

$175 - $239

Drive  •  6h 43m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Mammoth Cave National Park 387.3 miles

$35 - $55

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Louisville, bus, taxi  •  6h 58m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Louisville (SDF) ORD - SDF
  2. Take the bus from Louisville to Sonora Elizabethtown
  3. Take a taxi from Sonora Elizabethtown to Mammoth Cave National Park

$206 - $327

Fly Chicago Midway to Louisville, bus, taxi  •  6h 42m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Louisville (SDF) MDW - SDF
  2. Take the bus from Louisville to Sonora Elizabethtown
  3. Take a taxi from Sonora Elizabethtown to Mammoth Cave National Park

$256 - $447

Fly Chicago Midway to Nashville, bus, drive, car ferry  •  7h 26m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Nashville (BNA) MDW - BNA
  2. Take the bus from Nashville to Bowling Green
  3. Drive from Bowling Green to Mammoth Cave
  4. Take the car ferry from Mammoth Cave to Mammoth Cave

$282 - $1,134

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Nashville, bus, drive, car ferry  •  7h 47m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Nashville (BNA) ORD - BNA
  2. Take the bus from Nashville to Bowling Green
  3. Drive from Bowling Green to Mammoth Cave
  4. Take the car ferry from Mammoth Cave to Mammoth Cave

$96 - $214

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Evansville, bus, taxi  •  8h 40m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Evansville (EVV) ORD - EVV
  2. Take the bus from Evansville Airport to Louisville, KY
  3. Take the bus from Louisville to Sonora Elizabethtown
  4. Take a taxi from Sonora Elizabethtown to Mammoth Cave National Park

$354 - $544

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Mammoth Cave National Park is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 6h 43m.

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The fastest way to get from Chicago to Mammoth Cave National Park is to fly and bus and taxi. Taking this option will cost $250 - $450 and takes 6h 42m.

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The distance between Chicago and Mammoth Cave National Park is 335 miles. The road distance is 387.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Mammoth Cave National Park without a car is to train and bus and taxi which takes 10h 47m and costs $150 - $230.

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It takes approximately 10h 3m to get from Chicago to Mammoth Cave National Park, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Louisville Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 9m.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Mammoth Cave National Park is 387 miles. It takes approximately 6h 43m to drive from Chicago to Mammoth Cave National Park.

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

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There are 17+ hotels available in Mammoth Cave National Park. 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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Map of how to get from Chicago to Mammoth Cave National Park.
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  • Distance: 334.8 miles
  • Duration: 10h 3m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA?

There is no direct connection from Chicago to Mammoth Cave National Park. However, you can take the bus to Louisville, take the bus to Bowling Green, take the drive to Mammoth Cave, take the car ferry to Mammoth Cave, then take the drive to Mammoth Cave National Park. Alternatively, you can take the train to Indianapolis, take the walk to Indianapolis, take the bus to Louisville, take the bus to Sonora Elizabethtown, then take the taxi to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Louisville
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Chicago Midway to Nashville
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Nashville
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $320
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Louisville
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Nashville
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $330
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Evansville
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $500
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Louisville
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $350
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Nashville
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $340
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Evansville
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $750
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 Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
4h 54m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Premium
$200 - $280
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Business Seat
$60 - $85
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.

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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 Louisville
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $50
Flexible
$60 - $85
Bus from Louisville to Bowling Green
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $26
Flexible
$35 - $55
Bus from Indianapolis to Louisville
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $26
Flexible
$35 - $55
Bus from Louisville to Sonora Elizabethtown
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $19
Flexible
$30 - $45
Bus from Nashville to Bowling Green
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$30 - $45
Hoosier Ride
Phone
800-544-2383
Website
hoosierride.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Louisville, KY
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $80
Book at
hoosierride.com
Bus from Indianapolis, IN to Louisville, KY
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Book at
hoosierride.com
Bus from Hammond. IN to Louisville, KY
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Book at
hoosierride.com
Bus from Evansville Airport to Louisville, KY
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Book at
hoosierride.com
Amtrak Thruway

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
Bus from Indianapolis Amtrak Station to Louisville, KY
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Ferry operators
National Parks Shuttle Bus
Website
nps.gov
Car ferry from Mammoth Cave to Mammoth Cave
Ave. Duration
5 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$0
Schedules at
nps.gov
Other operators
Taxi from Sonora Elizabethtown to Mammoth Cave National Park
Ave. Duration
53 min
Estimated price
$90 - $120

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