There are 6 ways to get from Chicago to Nashville by plane, train, night bus, bus or car

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

Recommended option

Fly from Chicago Midway  •  3 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Nashville (BNA) MDW - BNA

$160 - $612

Cheapest option

Bus  •  9 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago Amtrak, Il to Nashville, Tn 1115 / ...

$45 - $120

4 alternative options

Fly from Chicago O'Hare  •  4 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Nashville (BNA) ORD - BNA

$140 - $453

Train to Milwaukee, fly  •  5 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee Intermodal Station
  2. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Nashville (BNA) MKE - BNA

$198 - $932

Train, night bus  •  9 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Carbondale Amtrak City Of New Orleans / ...
  2. Take the night bus from Carbondale to Nashville, Tn 4711

$79 - $198

Drive  •  7 h 43 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Nashville 471.1 miles

$45 - $70

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Nashville is to bus which costs $45 - $120 and takes 9 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Nashville is to fly which costs $160 - $650 and takes 3 h 44 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago Amtrak, Il and arriving at Nashville, Tn. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9 h 35 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Nashville is 399 miles. The road distance is 471.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Nashville without a car is to train and night bus which takes 9 h 8 min and costs $75 - $200.

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It takes approximately 3 h 44 min to get from Chicago to Nashville, including transfers.

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Chicago to Nashville bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Chicago Amtrak, Il station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Nashville is to fly which takes 3 h 44 min and costs $160 - $650. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $45 - $120 and takes 9 h 35 min.

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The quickest flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Nashville Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Chicago to Nashville bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Nashville, Tn station.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Nashville.
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  • Distance: 399.4 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 44 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Nashville, TN, USA?

Southwest Airlines flies from Chicago to Nashville every 4 hours. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Chicago to Nashville hourly. Tickets cost $45 - $120 and the journey takes 9 h 35 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Nashville
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $800
Flights from Chicago Midway to Nashville via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$300 - $800
Flights from Milwaukee to Nashville
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Milwaukee to Nashville via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Nashville
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Milwaukee to Nashville via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Nashville
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Milwaukee to Nashville via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Nashville via Covington
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Milwaukee to Nashville via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee Intermodal Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $220
Train from Chicago Union Station to Carbondale Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 16 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$100 - $140
Room
$240 - $340
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
Night bus from Carbondale to Nashville, Tn
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $60
Bus from Chicago Amtrak, Il to Nashville, Tn
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$45 - $80
Flexible
$90 - $120
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Nashville, TN
Ave. Duration
11 h 5 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com

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