There are 6 ways to get from Chicago to Put-in-Bay by train, car, car ferry, bus, taxi, ferry or plane

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

Train, drive, car ferry  •  5 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Toledo Amtrak
  2. Drive from Toledo Amtrak to Catawba Island Ferry Terminal, Port Clinton, OH
  3. Take the car ferry from Catawba Island Ferry Terminal, Port Clinton, OH to Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island, OH

$57 - $126

Cheapest option

Drive, car ferry  •  5 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Catawba Island Ferry Terminal, Port Clinton, OH
  2. Take the car ferry from Catawba Island Ferry Terminal, Port Clinton, OH to Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island, OH Miller Ferry

$36 - $49

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Bus, drive, car ferry  •  6 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Toledo, Oh
  2. Drive from Toledo, Oh to Catawba Island Ferry Terminal, Port Clinton, OH
  3. Take the car ferry from Catawba Island Ferry Terminal, Port Clinton, OH to Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island, OH

$41 - $84

Megabus, taxi, car ferry, ferry  •  8 h 37 min

  1. Take the Megabus from Chicago, IL to Toledo
  2. Take a taxi from Toledo to Catawba Island Ferry Terminal, Port Clinton, OH
  3. Take the car ferry from Catawba Island Ferry Terminal, Port Clinton, OH to Middle Bass Island, OH
  4. Take the ferry from Miller Ferry, Sonny-S Ferry to Put-in-Bay

$141 - $172

Fly from Chicago Midway, drive, ferry  •  6 h 30 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Cleveland (CLE) MDW - CLE
  2. Drive from North Olmsted Industrial Pkwy Loop to Sandusky, OH
  3. Take the ferry from Sandusky, OH to Put-in-Bay

$143 - $508

Fly from Chicago O'Hare, drive, ferry  •  6 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Cleveland (CLE) ORD - CLE
  2. Drive from North Olmsted Industrial Pkwy Loop to Sandusky, OH
  3. Take the ferry from Sandusky, OH to Put-in-Bay

$143 - $519

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Put-in-Bay is to drive and car ferry which costs $35 - $50 and takes 5 h 9 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Put-in-Bay is to drive and car ferry which costs $35 - $50 and takes 5 h 9 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Put-in-Bay is 250 miles.

The best way to get from Chicago to Put-in-Bay without a car is to Megabus and taxi and car ferry and ferry which takes 8 h 37 min and costs $140 - $180.

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It takes approximately 5 h 46 min to get from Chicago to Put-in-Bay, including transfers.

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

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Put-in-Bay is 1 h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 5:56 AM in Chicago and 6:56 AM in Put-in-Bay.

Southwest Airlines offers flights from Chicago Midway Airport to Cleveland Airport.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Put-in-Bay.
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  • Distance: 249.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 46 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Put-in-Bay, OH, USA?

There is no direct connection from Chicago to Put-in-Bay. However, you can take the train to Toledo Amtrak, take the drive to Catawba Island Ferry Terminal, Port Clinton, OH, take the car ferry to Put-in-Bay, then take the drive to Put-in-Bay. Alternatively, you can take the bus to Toledo, Oh, take the drive to Catawba Island Ferry Terminal, Port Clinton, OH, take the car ferry to Put-in-Bay, then take the drive to Put-in-Bay.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Cleveland
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $850
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cleveland
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $1,000
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cleveland
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $850
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cleveland via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $1,100
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 Toledo Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 59 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Room
$210 - $300
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 Toledo, Oh
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$29 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70
Ferry operators
Miller Boat Line
Website
millerferry.com
Car ferry from Catawba Island Ferry Terminal, Port Clinton, OH to Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island, OH
Ave. Duration
15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7
Schedules at
millerferry.com
Car ferry from Catawba Island Ferry Terminal, Port Clinton, OH to Middle Bass Island, OH
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$22
Schedules at
millerferry.com
Middle Bass Ferry
Website
middlebassferry.com
Ferry from Miller Ferry, Sonny-S Ferry to Put-in-Bay
Ave. Duration
15 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$6
Schedules at
millerferry.com
Jet Express Ferry
Website
jet-express.com
Ferry from Sandusky, OH to Put-in-Bay
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$20
Schedules at
jet-express.com
Other operators
Taxi from Toledo to Catawba Island Ferry Terminal, Port Clinton, OH
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Estimated price
$90 - $110

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