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There are 7 ways to get from Chicago to Michigan State University by train, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  4h 10m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to East Lansing Amtrak Station Blue Water

$35 - $55

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Bus  •  6h 22m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago Greyhound to Michigan State University 1482

$30 - $50

5 alternative options

Bus via CATA Trans Center  •  6h

  1. Take the bus from Chicago Greyhound to Lansing 1482

$36 - $49

Drive  •  3h 41m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Michigan State University 222.2 miles

$21 - $35

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Lansing, line 01 bus  •  4h 5m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Lansing (LAN) ORD - LAN
  2. Take the line 01 bus from CATA Trans Center to EBD Gr. River Ave past Division St

$126 - $709

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Flint, train  •  5h 30m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Flint (FNT) ORD - FNT
  2. Take the train from Flint Amtrak Station to East Lansing Amtrak Station

$136 - $475

Fly Chicago Midway to Detroit, bus  •  6h 6m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Detroit (DTW) MDW - DTW
  2. Take the bus from Detroit Metro Airport to East Lansing, MI

$150 - $303

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Michigan State University is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 3h 41m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Michigan State University is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 3h 41m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago Greyhound and arriving at Michigan State University. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 5m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at East Lansing Amtrak Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 42m.

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The distance between Chicago and Michigan State University is 172 miles. The road distance is 222.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Michigan State University without a car is to train which takes 4h 10m and costs $35 - $55.

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The train from Chicago Union Station to East Lansing Amtrak Station takes 3h 42m including transfers and departs once daily.

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Chicago to Michigan State University bus services, operated by Indian Trails, depart from Chicago Greyhound station.

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Chicago to Michigan State University train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Chicago Union Station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Michigan State University is to train which takes 4h 10m and costs $35 - $55. Alternatively, you can bus via CATA Trans Center, which costs $35 - $50 and takes 6h.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Michigan State University.
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  • Distance: 172.4 miles
  • Duration: 4h 10m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Michigan State University, MI, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Chicago to Michigan State University once daily. Tickets cost $35 - $55 and the journey takes 3h 42m. Alternatively, Indian Trails operates a bus from Chicago to Michigan State University once daily. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 5h 30m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Lansing
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Flint
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $750
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Lansing
Ave. Duration
59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Flint
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
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 East Lansing Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Premium
$200 - $290
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $95
Business Seat
$60 - $90
Train from Flint Amtrak Station to East Lansing Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$24 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$30 - $45
Bus operators
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Chicago Greyhound to Lansing
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Chicago Greyhound to Michigan State University
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Capital Area Transportation Authority
Phone
+1 517-394-1100
Website
cata.org
Bus from CATA Trans Center to EBD Gr. River Ave past Division St
Ave. Duration
17m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
cata.org
Michigan Flyer
Website
michiganflyer.com
Bus from Detroit Metro Airport to East Lansing, MI
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
michiganflyer.com

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Lansing Airport is the direct flight which takes 59m.

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Chicago to Michigan State University bus services, operated by Indian Trails, arrive at Lansing station.

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Michigan State University is 1h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 10:11 PM in Chicago and 11:11 PM in Michigan State University.

Chicago to Michigan State University train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at East Lansing Amtrak Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Michigan State University is 222 miles. It takes approximately 3h 41m to drive from Chicago to Michigan State University.

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

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There are 46+ hotels available in Michigan State University. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago O'Hare Airport is to subway which takes 43m and costs $2 - $5.

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