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There are 9 ways to get from Chicago to Pontiac by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  6h 15m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Pontiac Amtrak Station Wolverine

$45 - $65

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Bus  •  8h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to Detroit Amtrak "Greyhound"

$38 - $52

7 alternative options

Drive  •  4h 48m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Pontiac 283.4 miles

$27 - $40

Fly Chicago Midway to Detroit, train  •  5h 21m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Detroit (DTW) MDW - DTW
  2. Take the train from Dearborn to Pontiac Amtrak Station

$138 - $592

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Flint, bus  •  4h 54m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Flint (FNT) ORD - FNT
  2. Take the bus from Flint, MI to Pontiac, MI

$174 - $410

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Detroit, train  •  5h 49m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Detroit (DTW) ORD - DTW
  2. Take the train from Dearborn to Pontiac Amtrak Station

$72 - $222

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Lansing, bus  •  7h 25m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Lansing (LAN) ORD - LAN
  2. Take the bus from East Lansing, MI to Pontiac, MI

$220 - $879

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Saginaw, bus  •  6h 46m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Saginaw (MBS) ORD - MBS
  2. Take the bus from Saginaw, MI to Flint, MI
  3. Take the bus from Flint, MI to Pontiac, MI

$270 - $414

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Toledo, bus, train  •  6h 34m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Toledo (TOL) ORD - TOL
  2. Take the bus from Toledo to Detroit
  3. Take the train from Detroit to Pontiac Amtrak Station

$194 - $712

Chicago to Pontiac by trains

The train journey time between Chicago and Pontiac is around 6h 15m and covers a distance of around 305 miles. The fastest train normally takes 6h 15m. Operated by Amtrak, the Chicago to Pontiac train service departs from Chicago Union Station and arrives in Pontiac Amtrak Station. Typically eight trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
6h 15m
Fastest train time:
6h 15m
Trains per week:
8
Cheapest price:
$45
Carbon emissions:
25 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
13:25
Last train departs at:
13:25

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Chicago to Pontiac train schedules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Pontiac is 800-232-4636.

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Pontiac is to drive which costs $27 - $40 and takes 4h 48m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Pontiac is to drive which costs $27 - $40 and takes 4h 48m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Pontiac. However, there are services departing from Chicago and arriving at Phoenix Center via Woodward + Baltimore Milwaukee. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 15m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at Pontiac Amtrak Station station. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 15m.

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It is 229 miles from Chicago to Pontiac. It is approximately 283.4 miles to drive.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Pontiac without a car is to train which takes 6h 15m and costs $45 - $65.

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The train from Chicago Union Station to Pontiac Amtrak Station takes 6h 15m including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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

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The best way to get from Chicago to Pontiac is to train which takes 6h 15m and costs $45 - $65. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $35 - $55 and takes 8h 15m.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Pontiac.
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  • Distance: 229.2 miles
  • Duration: 6h 15m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Pontiac, MI, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Chicago Union Station to Pontiac Amtrak Station hourly. Tickets cost $45 - $65 and the journey takes 6h 15m. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Chicago to Detroit Amtrak once daily. Tickets cost $35 - $50 and the journey takes 6h 50m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Flint
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $470
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $310
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Lansing
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Saginaw
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $490
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Flint
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $470
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $200
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Lansing
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Toledo
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $470
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $430
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$29 - $380
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $330
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Pontiac Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Premium
$220 - $310
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Seat
$80 - $120
Train from Dearborn to Pontiac Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$28 - $40
Train from Detroit to Pontiac Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Premium
$170 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Business Seat
$26 - $40
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 Detroit Amtrak
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $50
Flexible
$60 - $90
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Flint, MI to Pontiac, MI
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from East Lansing, MI to Pontiac, MI
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from Saginaw, MI to Flint, MI
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Saginaw Amtrak Station to Flint
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Bus from Toledo to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Amtrak Thruway

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 Thruway
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Toledo Amtrak Station to Detroit Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Schedules at
amtrak.com

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The quickest flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Detroit Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Chicago to Pontiac bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Detroit Amtrak station.

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Pontiac is 1h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 9:35 AM in Chicago and 10:35 AM in Pontiac.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Pontiac is 283 miles. It takes approximately 4h 48m to drive from Chicago to Pontiac.

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Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Chicago Midway Airport to Detroit Airport.

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There are 123+ hotels available in Pontiac. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago Midway Airport is to subway which takes 23 min and costs $2 - $5.

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