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There are 11 ways to get from Chicago to Pasadena by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles  •  7h 10m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Los Angeles (LAX) ORD - LAX

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Fly Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino, train  •  8h 56m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) MDW - ONT
  2. Take the train from Rancho Cucamonga station to L. A. Union Station station

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Fly Chicago Midway to Los Angeles  •  7h 7m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Los Angeles (LAX) MDW - LAX

Fly Chicago Midway to Burbank  •  7h 47m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Burbank (BUR) MDW - BUR

Fly Chicago Midway to Long Beach  •  8h 44m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Long Beach (LGB) MDW - LGB

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana, train  •  10h 1m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Santa Ana (SNA) ORD - SNA
  2. Take the train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station

Fly Chicago Midway to San Diego, train  •  10h 13m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to San Diego (SAN) MDW - SAN
  2. Take the train from San Diego Old Town Transportation Center to Los Angeles

Fly Chicago O'Hare to San Diego, train  •  10h 24m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to San Diego (SAN) ORD - SAN
  2. Take the train from San Diego Old Town Transportation Center to Los Angeles

Train  •  43h 40m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles Southwest Chief

Bus  •  2 days 1h

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to St Louis "Greyhound"
  2. Take the bus from St Louis to El Monte "Greyhound"

Drive  •  31h 9m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Pasadena 2018 miles

Chicago to Pasadena by train and tram

The journey time between Chicago and Pasadena is around 43h 40m and covers a distance of around 2250 miles. This includes an average layover time of around 7 min. Operated by Amtrak and Metro Los Angeles, the Chicago to Pasadena service departs from Chicago Union Station and arrives in Memorial Park Station. Typically seven services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

7 Weekly Services
43h 40m Average Duration
$202 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Pasadena is to fly and train which costs $110 - $1,800 and takes 8h 56m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Pasadena is to fly which costs $160 - $410 and takes 7h 7m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Pasadena. However, there are services departing from Chicago and arriving at Del Mar / Los Robles via St Louis and El Monte Station - Lower Level. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 1h.

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No, there is no direct train from Chicago station to Pasadena station. However, there are services departing from Chicago Union Station and arriving at Memorial Park Station via Union Station - Metro Gold Line. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 43h 40m.

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It is 1744 miles from Chicago to Pasadena. It is approximately 2018 miles to drive.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Pasadena without a car is to train which takes 43h 40m and costs $200 - $290.

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It takes approximately 7h 10m to get from Chicago to Pasadena, including transfers.

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Chicago to Pasadena bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Chicago station.

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Chicago to Pasadena train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Chicago Union Station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Pasadena is to fly which takes 7h 10m and costs $130 - $360. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $200 - $290 and takes 43h 40m, you could also bus, which costs $210 - $310 and takes 2 days 1h.

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  • Distance: 1744.5 miles
  • Duration: 7h 10m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Pasadena, CA, USA?

American Airlines, United Airlines and three other airlines fly from Chicago to Pasadena every 30 minutes. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles once daily. Tickets cost $200 - $280 and the journey takes 43h 10m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $450
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 2m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $450
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $450
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via Dallas
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $450
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via Tucson
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $450
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $450
Flights from Chicago Midway to Burbank
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $480
Flights from Chicago Midway to Burbank via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $480
Flights from Chicago Midway to Burbank via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $480
Flights from Chicago Midway to Burbank via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $480
Flights from Chicago Midway to Burbank via San Jose
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $480
Flights from Chicago Midway to Burbank via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $480
Flights from Chicago Midway to Burbank via Sacramento
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $480
Flights from Chicago Midway to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $460
Flights from Chicago Midway to Long Beach via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $460
Flights from Chicago Midway to Long Beach via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $460
Flights from Chicago Midway to Long Beach via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $460
Flights from Chicago Midway to Long Beach via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $460
Flights from Chicago Midway to Long Beach via Sacramento
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $460
Flights from Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $800
Flights from Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $800
Flights from Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $800
Flights from Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $950
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $950
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $440
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $950
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $480
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $480
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $480
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
4h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,200
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,200
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $390
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $1,700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 37m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $1,700
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $750
Train operators
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Rancho Cucamonga station to L. A. Union Station station
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$0 - $11
Website
Metrolink Trains
children 5 and under with a paid adult
$0
Senior / Disabled / Medicare
$4 - $5
Student / Youth 6-18
$5 - $8
Train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$0 - $11
Website
Metrolink Trains
children 5 and under with a paid adult
$0
Senior / Disabled / Medicare
$4 - $5
Student / Youth 6-18
$5 - $8
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
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Old Town Transportation Center to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
Amtrak
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Seat
$45 - $65
Train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
43h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$200 - $280
Website
Amtrak
Coach Seat
$200 - $280
Premium
$500 - $750
Flexi Coach Seat
$420 - $650
Business Seat
$460 - $650
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 to St Louis
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $90
Bus from St Louis to El Monte
Ave. Duration
40h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$180 - $250
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$180 - $250
Flexible
$250 - $370

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 4h 2m.

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Chicago to Pasadena bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at El Monte station.

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Pasadena is 2h behind Chicago. It is currently 5:18 AM in Chicago and 3:18 AM in Pasadena.

Chicago to Pasadena train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Pasadena is 2018 miles. It takes approximately 31h 9m to drive from Chicago to Pasadena.

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Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines offer flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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There are 430+ hotels available in Pasadena. 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 42 min and costs $1 - $5.

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