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There are 12 ways to get from Chicago to Riverside by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino, train  •  8h 29m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) MDW - ONT
  2. Take the train from Downtown Pomona station to Riverside-Downtown station

$330 - $1,416

Cheapest option

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana, train  •  9h 31m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Santa Ana (SNA) ORD - SNA
  2. Take the train from Tustin station to Riverside-Downtown station

$88 - $301

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Ontario/San Bernardino, train  •  8h 45m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) ORD - ONT
  2. Take the train from Downtown Pomona station to Riverside-Downtown station

$106 - $416

Fly Chicago Midway to Los Angeles, train  •  9h 18m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Los Angeles (LAX) MDW - LAX
  2. Take the train from L. A. Union Station station to Riverside-Downtown station

$180 - $730

Fly Chicago Midway to Santa Ana, train  •  9h 24m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Santa Ana (SNA) MDW - SNA
  2. Take the train from Tustin station to Riverside-Downtown station

$232 - $871

Fly Chicago Midway to Long Beach, train  •  10h 45m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Long Beach (LGB) MDW - LGB
  2. Take the train from Norwalk/ Santa Fe Springs station to Riverside-Downtown station

$234 - $5,522

Fly Chicago Midway to San Diego, train  •  11h 5m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to San Diego (SAN) MDW - SAN
  2. Take the train from San Diego to Santa Ana
  3. Take the train from Santa Ana station to Riverside-Downtown station

$318 - $711

Fly Chicago O'Hare to San Diego, train  •  11h 14m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to San Diego (SAN) ORD - SAN
  2. Take the train from San Diego to Santa Ana
  3. Take the train from Santa Ana station to Riverside-Downtown station

$118 - $421

Train, bus  •  41h 14m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Denver California Zephyr
  2. Take the bus from Denver to San Bernardino "Greyhound"

$201 - $287

Bus  •  2 days 0h

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to St Louis
  2. Take the bus from St Louis to Las Vegas
  3. Take the bus from Las Vegas, CA to Riverside, CA

$214 - $335

Train  •  2 days 18h

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Pomona Amtrak Texas Eagle
  2. Take the train from Downtown Pomona station to Riverside-Downtown station Riverside Line

$244 - $339

Drive  •  30h 45m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Riverside 1994.8 miles

$190 - $290

Chicago to Riverside by train, walk and bus

The journey time between Chicago and Riverside is around 44h 40m and covers a distance of around 2037 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 44h 26m. Operated by Amtrak, Greyhound USA, OmniTrans and others, the Chicago to Riverside service departs from Chicago Union Station and arrives in University @ Lemon Eb Ns. Typically five services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
44h 40m
Fastest journey time:
44h 26m
Services per week:
5
Cheapest price:
$201
Carbon emissions:
287 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
14:00
Last service departs at:
14:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Chicago to Riverside train, walk and bus schedules

Chicago → Riverside
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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Riverside is to fly and train which costs $85 - $310 and takes 9h 31m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Riverside is to fly and train which costs $330 - $1,500 and takes 8h 29m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Riverside. However, there are services departing from Chicago and arriving at Riverside, CA via St Louis, Las Vegas and Las Vegas, CA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 0h.

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No, there is no direct train from Chicago station to Riverside station. However, there are services departing from Chicago Union Station and arriving at Riverside-Downtown station via Downtown Pomona station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 18h.

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The distance between Chicago and Riverside is 1712 miles. The road distance is 1994.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Riverside without a car is to train and bus which takes 41h 14m and costs $200 - $290.

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It takes approximately 8h 29m to get from Chicago to Riverside, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Chicago to Riverside is to bus which takes 2 days 0h and costs $210 - $340. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $240 - $340 and takes 2 days 18h.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Riverside.
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  • Distance: 1712.3 miles
  • Duration: 8h 29m

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

You can take a bus from Chicago to Riverside via St Louis, Las Vegas, Las Vegas South Strip, and Las Vegas, CA in around 2 days 0h. Alternatively, you can take a train from Chicago to Riverside via Pomona Amtrak and Downtown Pomona station in around 2 days 18h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino via Oakland
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino via Sacramento
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino via Dallas
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Ontario/San Bernardino via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $460
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Ontario/San Bernardino via Dallas
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $490
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 16m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $450
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $460
Flights from Chicago Midway to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Chicago Midway to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Chicago Midway to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5h 52m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Chicago Midway to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Chicago Midway to Santa Ana via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Chicago Midway to Santa Ana via Sacramento
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Chicago Midway to Long Beach via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Chicago Midway to Long Beach via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Chicago Midway to Long Beach via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5h 57m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $430
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Ontario/San Bernardino via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Ontario/San Bernardino via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
4h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $430
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $430
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Ontario/San Bernardino via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $420
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $420
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $390
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $490
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $490
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
4h 26m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Santa Ana via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6h 41m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Train operators
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Downtown Pomona station to Riverside-Downtown station
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
Metrolink Trains
Train from L. A. Union Station station to Riverside-Downtown station
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
Metrolink Trains
Train from Tustin station to Riverside-Downtown station
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
Metrolink Trains
Train from Norwalk/ Santa Fe Springs station to Riverside-Downtown station
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
Metrolink Trains
Train from Santa Ana station to Riverside-Downtown station
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
Metrolink Trains
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 San Diego to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$190 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
Train from Chicago Union Station to Denver
Ave. Duration
18h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Premium
$330 - $460
Flexi Coach Seat
$210 - $310
Business Seat
$220 - $320
Train from Chicago Union Station to Pomona Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 days 16h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$230 - $330
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$230 - $330
Premium
$550 - $850
Flexi Coach Seat
$500 - $750
Business Seat
$550 - $800
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 Denver to San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
20h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$95 - $140
Flexible
$140 - $210
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 Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
34h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $220
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$150 - $220
Flexible
$220 - $320
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Las Vegas, CA to Riverside, CA
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $50
Book at
megabus.com

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The quickest flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Ontario/San Bernardino Airport is the direct flight which takes 4h 15m.

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Chicago to Riverside bus services, operated by Megabus, arrive at Riverside, CA station.

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Riverside is 2h behind Chicago. It is currently 5:56 AM in Chicago and 3:56 AM in Riverside.

Chicago to Riverside train services, operated by Metrolink Trains, arrive at Riverside-Downtown station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Riverside is 1995 miles. It takes approximately 30h 45m to drive from Chicago to Riverside.

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Chicago Midway Airport to Ontario/San Bernardino Airport.

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There are 110+ hotels available in Riverside. 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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