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

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Fly  •  4 h 22 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Rapid City (RAP) ORD - RAP

$311 - $740

Cheapest option

Bus via Mall of America Transit Station dep Gate C  •  22 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to St Paul, MN
  2. Take the bus from Burnsville, MN to Rapid City, SD 701

$141 - $211

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Train, bus  •  21 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot Empire Builder
  2. Take the bus from Burnsville, MN to Rapid City, SD 701

$179 - $342

Bus  •  23 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to St Paul, Mn 4712 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Burnsville, MN to Rapid City, SD 701

$157 - $276

Drive  •  14 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Rapid City 918.7 miles

$90 - $130

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Rapid City. However, there are services departing from Chicago and arriving at Rapid City, SD via Union Depot & Gate A1, Mall of America Transit Station dep Gate C and Burnsville, MN. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 22 h 12 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Rapid City is 807 miles. The road distance is 918.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Rapid City without a car is to train and bus which takes 21 h 53 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 22 min to get from Chicago to Rapid City, including transfers.

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Chicago to Rapid City bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Chicago station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Rapid City is to fly which takes 4 h 22 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 22 h 12 min.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Rapid City Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 24 min.

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Chicago to Rapid City bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, arrive at Rapid City, SD station.

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Rapid City is 1 h behind Chicago. It is currently 9:41 PM in Chicago and 8:41 PM in Rapid City.

Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Rapid City is 919 miles. It takes approximately 14 h 18 min to drive from Chicago to Rapid City.

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  • Distance: 806.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 22 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Rapid City, SD, USA?

American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta fly from Chicago to Rapid City every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chicago to Rapid City via St Paul, MN, Union Depot & Gate A1, MOA Transit Station & Gate A, Mall of America Transit Station dep Gate C, Burnsville Transit Station, and Burnsville, MN in around 22 h 12 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Rapid City
Ave. Duration
2 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,300
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Rapid City via Denver
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,300
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Rapid City via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,300
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Rapid City
Ave. Duration
2 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,200
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 St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot
Ave. Duration
7 h 48 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$65 - $180
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Business Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Room
$280 - $400
Bus operators
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Burnsville, MN to Rapid City, SD
Ave. Duration
11 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$100 - $150
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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 St Paul, Mn
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $70
Flexible
$80 - $110

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American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta offer flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Rapid City Airport.

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There are 48+ hotels available in Rapid City. Prices start at $59 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 .

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