There are 5 ways to get from Chicago to New Orleans by plane, train, 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  •  4 h 7 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to New Orleans (MSY) MDW - MSY

$143 - $571

Cheapest option

Fly from Chicago O'Hare  •  4 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to New Orleans (MSY) ORD - MSY

$83 - $362

3 alternative options

Train  •  19 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal City Of New Orleans

$120 - $360

Bus  •  25 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Atlanta, Ga 1151
  2. Take the bus from Atlanta, Ga to New Orleans, La 1563

$115 - $293

Drive  •  15 h 7 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to New Orleans 930.4 miles

$90 - $140

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to New Orleans is to drive which costs $90 - $140 and takes 15 h 7 min.

More details

The quickest way to get from Chicago to New Orleans is to fly which costs $140 - $600 and takes 4 h 7 min.

More details

No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to New Orleans. However, there are services departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at New Orleans, La via Atlanta, Ga. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 25 h 17 min.

More details

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 19 h 42 min.

More details

The distance between Chicago and New Orleans is 840 miles. The road distance is 930.4 miles.

Get driving directions

The best way to get from Chicago to New Orleans without a car is to train which takes 19 h 42 min and costs $120 - $360.

More details

It takes approximately 4 h 7 min to get from Chicago to New Orleans, including transfers.

More details

Chicago to New Orleans bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Chicago, Il station.

More details

Chicago to New Orleans train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Chicago Union Station.

More details

The best way to get from Chicago to New Orleans is to fly which takes 4 h 7 min and costs $140 - $600. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $120 - $360 and takes 19 h 42 min, you could also bus, which costs $110 - $300 and takes 25 h 17 min.

Mode details

The quickest flight from Chicago Midway Airport to New Orleans Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 5 min.

Search flights

Chicago to New Orleans bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at New Orleans, La station.

More details

Map of how to get from Chicago to New Orleans.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 839.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 7 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and New Orleans, LA, USA?

Southwest Airlines and Delta fly from Chicago to New Orleans hourly. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Chicago to New Orleans once daily. Tickets cost $120 - $360 and the journey takes 19 h 42 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to New Orleans
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago Midway to New Orleans via Nashville
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago Midway to New Orleans via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago Midway to New Orleans via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago Midway to New Orleans via Dallas
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to New Orleans
Ave. Duration
2 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $750
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to New Orleans via Houston
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $750
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to New Orleans via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to New Orleans via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $1,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to New Orleans
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to New Orleans via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to New Orleans via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to New Orleans
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal
Ave. Duration
19 h 42 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $360
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$120 - $190
Flexi Coach Seat
$220 - $320
Business Coach Seat
$250 - $360
Room
$490 - $700
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Chicago, Il to Atlanta, Ga
Ave. Duration
15 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $180
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$70 - $120
Flexible
$130 - $180
Bus from Atlanta, Ga to New Orleans, La
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$45 - $80
Flexible
$90 - $120

Want to know more about travelling around United States

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.

Where to next?