There are 5 ways to get from Chicago to Ottumwa by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  4 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Ottumwa Amtrak California Zephyr

$50 - $130

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Bus  •  9 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Ottumwa, IA 1491,1401 / ...

$35 - $75

3 alternative options

Drive  •  5 h 26 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Ottumwa 320.8 miles

$30 - $50

Fly to Burlington, train  •  5 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Burlington (BRL) ORD - BRL
  2. Take the train from Burlington Amtrak to Ottumwa Amtrak

$92 - $137

Fly to Des Moines, bus  •  6 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Des Moines (DSM) ORD - DSM
  2. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Monroe, IA
  3. Take the bus from Monroe, IA to Ottumwa, IA

$216 - $800

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Ottumwa is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5 h 26 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Ottumwa is to train which costs $50 - $130 and takes 4 h 53 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago, IL and arriving at Ottumwa, IA. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9 h 45 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at Ottumwa Amtrak. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 53 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Ottumwa is 256 miles. The road distance is 320.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Ottumwa without a car is to train which takes 4 h 53 min and costs $50 - $130.

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The train from Chicago Union Station to Ottumwa Amtrak takes 4 h 53 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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Chicago to Ottumwa bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, depart from Chicago, IL station.

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

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The best way to get from Chicago to Ottumwa is to train which takes 4 h 53 min and costs $50 - $130. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $35 - $75 and takes 9 h 45 min.

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  • Distance: 256.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 53 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Ottumwa, IA, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Chicago to Ottumwa once daily. Tickets cost $50 - $130 and the journey takes 4 h 53 min. Alternatively, Burlington Trailways operates a bus from Chicago to Ottumwa once daily. Tickets cost $35 - $75 and the journey takes 9 h 45 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Air Choice One
Website
airchoiceone.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Burlington
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $120
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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Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Ottumwa Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
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 Burlington Amtrak to Ottumwa Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$150 - $210
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Ottumwa, IA
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $75
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Monroe, IA
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Monroe, IA to Ottumwa, IA
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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burlingtontrailways.com

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Burlington Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 40 min.

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Chicago to Ottumwa bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, arrive at Ottumwa, IA station.

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Chicago to Ottumwa train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Ottumwa Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Ottumwa is 321 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 26 min to drive from Chicago to Ottumwa.

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Air Choice One offers flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Burlington Airport.

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There are seven+ hotels available in Ottumwa. Prices start at $100 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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