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Fly from Chicago O'Hare  •  3h 31m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Minneapolis (MSP) ORD - MSP

$70 - $388

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Bus  •  9h

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to Minneapolis, MN Chicago / ...

$30 - $70

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Fly from Chicago Midway  •  3h 22m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Minneapolis (MSP) MDW - MSP

$264 - $5,508

Train to Milwaukee, fly  •  4h 53m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee
  2. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Minneapolis (MSP) MKE - MSP

$162 - $244

Train to South Bend, fly  •  5h 57m

  1. Take the train from Van Buren St. to South Bend Airport
  2. Fly from South Bend (SBN) to Minneapolis (MSP) SBN - MSP

$185 - $428

Train  •  8h 26m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to St. Paul-Minneapolis Empire Builder

$56 - $78

Bus via Madison  •  11h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago Union Station to Madison Amtrak Bus Stop Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the bus from Madison to Minneapolis, MN 966

$71 - $111

Drive  •  6h 43m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Minneapolis 410.9 miles

$40 - $60

Chicago to Minneapolis by train and bus

The journey time between Chicago and Minneapolis is around 15h 2m and covers a distance of around 421 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 15h 2m. Operated by Amtrak and Metro Transit, the Chicago to Minneapolis service departs from Chicago Union Station and arrives in 7th St S & 10th Ave S. Typically four services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
15h 2m
Fastest journey time:
15h 2m
Services per week:
4
Cheapest price:
$56
Carbon emissions:
36 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
14:15
Last service departs at:
14:15

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Chicago to Minneapolis train and bus schedules

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Minneapolis is to drive which costs $40 - $60 and takes 6h 43m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Minneapolis is to fly which costs $260 - $5,500 and takes 3h 22m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago and arriving at Minneapolis, MN. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9h.

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The distance between Chicago and Minneapolis is 357 miles. The road distance is 410.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Minneapolis without a car is to train which takes 8h 26m and costs $55 - $80.

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It takes approximately 3h 31m to get from Chicago to Minneapolis, including transfers.

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Chicago to Minneapolis bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Chicago station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Minneapolis is to fly which takes 3h 31m and costs $65 - $390. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $55 - $80 and takes 8h 26m, you could also bus, which costs $30 - $70 and takes 9h.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Minneapolis Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 22m.

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Chicago to Minneapolis bus services, operated by Megabus, arrive at Minneapolis, MN station.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Minneapolis.
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  • Distance: 356.9 miles
  • Duration: 3h 31m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Minneapolis, MN, USA?

United Airlines, American Airlines and two other airlines fly from Chicago to Minneapolis hourly. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Chicago Union Station to St. Paul-Minneapolis 5 times a day. Tickets cost $50 - $75 and the journey takes 7h 48m.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $300
Flights from Chicago Midway to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $350
Flights from Milwaukee to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $370
Flights from South Bend to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $430
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Flights from Milwaukee to Minneapolis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $400
Flights from South Bend to Minneapolis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $430
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $340
Flights from Chicago Midway to Minneapolis via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $380
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Flights from Milwaukee to Minneapolis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $440
Sun Country Airlines
Website
suncountry.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $400
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
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Seat
$35 - $55
Train from Chicago Union Station to St. Paul-Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 48m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Premium
$230 - $330
Flexi Coach Seat
$95 - $150
Business Seat
$100 - $150
South Shore Line
Phone
+1 219-926-5744
Website
mysouthshoreline.com
Train from Van Buren St. to South Bend Airport
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $15
Schedules at
mysouthshoreline.com
Bus operators
Megabus
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 Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
10h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$45 - $70
Flexible
$75 - $110
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Chicago Union Station to Madison Amtrak Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Vangalder Bus
Phone
+1 608-752-5407
Email
vangalder@coachusa.com
Bus from Chicago Union Station to Madison, WI-Lake St.
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$31
Schedules at
vangalderbus.com
Book at
govangalder.com
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Madison to Minneapolis, MN
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $80
Book at
jeffersonlines.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Minneapolis is 411 miles. It takes approximately 6h 43m to drive from Chicago to Minneapolis.

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

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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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