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There are 11 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 14m

  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

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles, train  •  9h 7m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Los Angeles (LAX) ORD - LAX
  2. Take the train from L. A. Union Station station to Riverside-Downtown station

Fly Chicago Midway to Los Angeles, train  •  9h 4m

  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

Fly Chicago Midway to Santa Ana, train  •  9h 4m

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

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana, train  •  9h 23m

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

Fly Chicago Midway to Long Beach, train  •  10h 21m

  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

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Indio/Palm Springs, bus, train  •  11h 10m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Indio/Palm Springs (PSP) ORD - PSP
  2. Take the bus from Palm Springs Airport Amtrak Bus Stop to Fullerton Amtrak Station
  3. Take the train from Fullerton station to Riverside-Downtown station

Fly Chicago O'Hare to San Diego, train  •  11h 3m

  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 Fullerton Amtrak Station
  3. Take the train from Fullerton station to Riverside-Downtown station

Train  •  41h 13m

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

Bus  •  2 days 2h

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to Indianapolis "Greyhound" / ...
  2. Take the bus from Indianapolis to San Bernardino "Greyhound"

Drive  •  30h 45m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Riverside 1994.8 miles

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Riverside is to fly and train which costs $110 - $1,800 and takes 8h 14m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Riverside is to fly and train which costs $110 - $1,800 and takes 8h 14m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Riverside. However, there are services departing from Chicago and arriving at Vine St Layover via Indianapolis, 5th @ G Eb Fs and San Bernardino Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 2h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at Riverside. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 41h 13m.

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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 which takes 41h 13m and costs $190 - $280.

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It takes approximately 8h 14m 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 train which takes 41h 13m and costs $190 - $280. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $220 - $350 and takes 2 days 2h.

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  • Distance: 1712.3 miles
  • Duration: 8h 14m

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

Amtrak operates a train from Chicago Union Station to Riverside twice daily. Tickets cost $190 - $280 and the journey takes 41h 13m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chicago to Riverside via Indianapolis, San Bernardino, 5th @ G Eb Fs, and San Bernardino Transit Center in around 2 days 2h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $440
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 2m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $440
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $440
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via Dallas
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $440
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via Tucson
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $440
Flights from Chicago Midway to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $440
Flights from Chicago Midway to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from Chicago Midway to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from Chicago Midway to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from Chicago Midway to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 11m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from Chicago Midway to Santa Ana via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 12m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana via Dallas
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $460
Flights from Chicago Midway to Long Beach via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $460
Flights from Chicago Midway to Long Beach via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $460
Flights from Chicago Midway to Long Beach via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $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
$240 - $460
Flights from Chicago Midway to Long Beach via Sacramento
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $460
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Indio/Palm Springs via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $750
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $500
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $500
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $500
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Indio/Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
4h 18m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$360 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Indio/Palm Springs via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Indio/Palm Springs via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $490
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 Indio/Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $950
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Indio/Palm Springs via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $950
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Indio/Palm Springs via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
7h 18m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $950
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Santa Ana via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6h 24m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Santa Ana via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Indio/Palm Springs via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $850
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $1,700
Train operators
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Downtown Pomona station to Riverside-Downtown station
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$0 - $8
Website
Metrolink Trains
children 5 and under with a paid adult
$0
Senior / Disabled / Medicare
$2 - $4
Student / Youth 6-18
$4 - $6
Train from L. A. Union Station station to Riverside-Downtown station
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$0 - $14
Website
Metrolink Trains
children 5 and under with a paid adult
$0
Senior / Disabled / Medicare
$5 - $7
Student / Youth 6-18
$7 - $11
Train from Tustin station to Riverside-Downtown station
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
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 - $9
Train from Norwalk/ Santa Fe Springs station to Riverside-Downtown station
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
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
$6 - $9
Train from Fullerton station to Riverside-Downtown station
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$0 - $10
Website
Metrolink Trains
children 5 and under with a paid adult
$0
Senior / Disabled / Medicare
$3 - $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 Fullerton Amtrak Station to Riverside
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
Amtrak
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$29 - $45
Train from San Diego Old Town Transportation Center to Fullerton Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
Amtrak
Coach Seat
$28 - $40
Premium
$190 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
Train from Chicago Union Station to Riverside
Ave. Duration
41h 13m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$190 - $280
Website
Amtrak
Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Premium
$500 - $700
Flexi Coach Seat
$410 - $600
Business Seat
$450 - $650
Bus 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
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Palm Springs Airport Amtrak Bus Stop to Fullerton Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
Amtrak
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 Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $35
Flexible
$45 - $65
Bus from Indianapolis to San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
44h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$200 - $280
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$200 - $280
Flexible
$280 - $400
Hoosier Ride
Phone
+1 800-544-2383
Website
hoosierride.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Indianapolis, IN
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $55
Book at
hoosierride.com
Child Fares
$27 - $40

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The quickest flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Ontario/San Bernardino Airport is the direct flight which takes 4h 2m.

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Chicago to Riverside bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at San Bernardino station.

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Riverside is 2h behind Chicago. It is currently 3:36 AM in Chicago and 1:36 AM in Riverside.

Chicago to Riverside train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Riverside 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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Frontier Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Chicago Midway Airport to Ontario/San Bernardino Airport.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago Midway Airport is to subway which takes 24 min and costs $1 - $5.

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