There are 9 ways to get from Chicago to Nova Scotia by plane, bus, train, car or car ferry

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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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Sydney  •  7 h 49 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Sydney (YQY) ORD - YQY

$267 - $1,524

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Fly Chicago Midway to Halifax  •  9 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Halifax (YHZ) MDW - YHZ

$126 - $328

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Halifax  •  9 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Halifax (YHZ) ORD - YHZ

$156 - $389

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Moncton, bus  •  10 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Moncton (YQM) ORD - YQM
  2. Take the bus from Moncton Airport to Truro, NS

$285 - $1,945

Train via Toronto  •  37 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Detroit Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Windsor to Toronto
  3. Take the train from Toronto to Montréal
  4. Take the train from Montréal to Halifax

$242 - $780

Bus, drive, car ferry  •  37 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to New York, Ny
  2. Take the bus from New York City, NY - Port Authority Bus Terminal to 1 Kennedy Plaza, Providence
  3. Drive from Rt 1A Before S Main to Portland, ME
  4. Take the car ferry from Portland, ME to Yarmouth
  5. Take the bus from Yarmouth to Halifax

$231 - $442

Bus, train  •  41 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Toronto, ON
  2. Take the bus from Toronto, ON to Montreal
  3. Take the train from Montréal to Halifax

$183 - $515

Train  •  46 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Schenectady Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Schenectady Amtrak to St-Lambert Amtrak
  3. Take the train from Saint-Lambert to Halifax

$251 - $772

Drive  •  27 h 43 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Halifax 1689.4 miles

$220 - $330

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Nova Scotia is to fly which costs $120 - $330 and takes 9 h 27 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Nova Scotia is to fly which costs $260 - $1,600 and takes 7 h 49 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Chicago station to Nova Scotia. However, there are services departing from Chicago Union Station and arriving at Halifax via Schenectady Amtrak and Saint-Lambert. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 46 h 13 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Nova Scotia is 1249 miles. The road distance is 1689.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Nova Scotia without a car is to bus and train which takes 41 h 9 min and costs $180 - $550.

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It takes approximately 7 h 49 min to get from Chicago to Nova Scotia, including transfers.

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Chicago to Nova Scotia train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Chicago Union Station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Nova Scotia is to fly which takes 7 h 49 min and costs $260 - $1,600. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $240 - $800 and takes 37 h 50 min.

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There is no direct flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Sydney Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 57 min and has one stopover.

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Nova Scotia is 2 h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 1:25 AM in Chicago and 3:25 AM in Nova Scotia.

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  • Distance: 1248.8 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 49 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Nova Scotia, Canada?

Air Canada and United Airlines fly from Chicago to Glace Bay every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Chicago to Halifax via Detroit Amtrak, Windsor, Toronto, and Montréal in around 37 h 50 min.

Airlines
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Sydney via Toronto
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $2,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Sydney via Toronto, Halifax
Ave. Duration
8 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $2,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Sydney via Montreal, Halifax
Ave. Duration
8 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $2,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Sydney via Ottawa, Halifax
Ave. Duration
6 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,500
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Halifax via Toronto
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Halifax via Newark
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Halifax via Montreal
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Halifax via Ottawa
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Halifax via Toronto, Ottawa
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago Midway to Halifax via Newark
Ave. Duration
6 h 3 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Moncton via Toronto
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,900
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Moncton via Montreal
Ave. Duration
6 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,900
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Moncton via Toronto, Halifax
Ave. Duration
7 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,900
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Moncton via Toronto, Montreal
Ave. Duration
7 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,900
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Moncton via Montreal, Halifax
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,900
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Halifax via Toronto
Ave. Duration
5 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Halifax via Newark
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Halifax via Boston
Ave. Duration
5 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Flights from Chicago Midway to Halifax via Newark
Ave. Duration
6 h 3 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Porter Airlines
Website
flyporter.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Halifax via Billy Bishop Toronto City
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$240 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Halifax via Billy Bishop Toronto City, Ottawa
Ave. Duration
7 h 24 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Halifax via Billy Bishop Toronto City, Montreal
Ave. Duration
8 h 17 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Halifax via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
5 h 36 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Halifax via Detroit, Boston
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Halifax via Detroit, Toronto
Ave. Duration
8 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Chicago Midway to Halifax via Boston
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Halifax via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
5 h 36 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Halifax via Boston
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
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 Detroit Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 4 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
Train from Chicago Union Station to Schenectady Amtrak
Ave. Duration
15 h 23 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$110 - $320
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Business Coach Seat
$220 - $320
Room
$440 - $650
Train from Schenectady Amtrak to St-Lambert Amtrak
Ave. Duration
7 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Room
$210 - $290
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from Windsor to Toronto
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $130
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$40 - $60
Economy
$60 - $85
Economy Plus
$90 - $130
Business
$90 - $130
Business Plus/Sleeper
$160 - $230
Train from Toronto to Montréal
Ave. Duration
4 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$50 - $170
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$50 - $75
Economy
$85 - $120
Economy Plus
$120 - $170
Business
$120 - $170
Business Plus/Sleeper
$220 - $310
Train from Montréal to Halifax
Ave. Duration
21 h 51 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$100 - $150
Economy
$180 - $250
Economy Plus
$250 - $350
Business
$270 - $380
Business Plus/Sleeper
$480 - $700
Train from Saint-Lambert to Halifax
Ave. Duration
21 h 26 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$100 - $140
Economy
$180 - $250
Economy Plus
$250 - $350
Business
$270 - $370
Business Plus/Sleeper
$480 - $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.

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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, Il to New York, Ny
Ave. Duration
17 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $200
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$80 - $130
Flexible
$150 - $200
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Phone
1-800-343-9999
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from New York City, NY - Port Authority Bus Terminal to 1 Kennedy Plaza, Providence
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
peterpanbus.com
Amero Shuttle
Website
ameroshuttle.tripod.com
Bus from Yarmouth to Halifax
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35
Schedules at
ameroshuttle.tripod.com
Greyhound Canada
Phone
+1 1-800-661-8747
Email
Canada.info@greyhound.ca
Website
greyhound.ca
Bus from Chicago, IL to Toronto, ON
Ave. Duration
11 h 33 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$45 - $70
Online Fare
$60 - $95
Standard Fare
$80 - $120
Refundable
$85 - $130
Megabus Canada
Ferry operators
Northumberland Ferries
Phone
+1 877-762-7245
Website
ferries.ca
Car ferry from Portland, ME to Yarmouth
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Schedules at
ferries.ca
Book at
ferries.ca
Adult Off-Peak
$80
Adult Peak (July1 - Sept14)
$107
Vehicle Off-Peak
$149
Vehicle Peak (July1 - Sept14)
$199

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Chicago to Nova Scotia train services, operated by VIA Rail, arrive at Halifax station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Nova Scotia is 1689 miles. It takes approximately 27 h 43 min to drive from Chicago to Nova Scotia.

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United Airlines and Air Canada offer flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Sydney Airport.

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There are 16+ hotels available in Nova Scotia. Prices start at $77 USD per night.

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

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