There are 8 ways to get from Chicago to Rochester by plane, bus, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Rochester  •  3 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Rochester (RST) ORD - RST

$159 - $716

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Bus  •  9 h

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to Madison - Langdon & N Park
  2. Take the bus from Madison to Rochester, MN 966

$63 - $93

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Fly Chicago Midway to Minneapolis, bus  •  5 h 9 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Minneapolis (MSP) MDW - MSP
  2. Take the bus from Minneapolis-St Paul Airport, MN to Rochester, MN

$84 - $309

Fly Chicago O'Hare to La Crosse, bus  •  5 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to La Crosse (LSE) ORD - LSE
  2. Take the bus from La Crosse, WI to Rochester, MN

$187 - $706

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Minneapolis, bus  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Minneapolis (MSP) ORD - MSP
  2. Take the bus from Minneapolis-St Paul Airport, MN to Rochester, MN

$64 - $240

Train, bus  •  7 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Winona Amtrak Empire Builder
  2. Take the bus from Winona, MN to Rochester, MN

$89 - $172

Bus via Milwaukee  •  9 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Milwaukee, Wi 4712 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Milwaukee to Rochester, MN 966

$71 - $115

Drive  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Rochester 350.4 miles

$30 - $50

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Rochester. However, there are services departing from Chicago and arriving at Rochester, MN via Madison. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h.

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The distance between Chicago and Rochester is 288 miles. The road distance is 350.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Rochester without a car is to train and bus which takes 7 h 46 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 59 min to get from Chicago to Rochester, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Chicago to Rochester is to fly which takes 3 h 59 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 9 h.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Rochester Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 7 min.

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Chicago to Rochester bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, arrive at Rochester, MN station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Rochester is 350 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 50 min to drive from Chicago to Rochester.

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

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Rochester.
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  • Distance: 287.9 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 59 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Rochester, MN, USA?

American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta fly from Chicago to Rochester every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chicago to Rochester via Madison - Langdon & N Park and Madison in around 9 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Flights from Chicago Midway to Minneapolis via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Flights from Chicago Midway to Minneapolis via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $390
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Rochester
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $750
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to La Crosse
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $350
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Rochester
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $400
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Rochester via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$320 - $750
Flights from Chicago Midway to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $420
Air Choice One
Website
airchoiceone.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Minneapolis via Mason City
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $420
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 Winona Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 26 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Room
$240 - $340
Bus operators
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Minneapolis-St Paul Airport, MN to Rochester, MN
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from La Crosse, WI to Rochester, MN
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Madison to Rochester, MN
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Milwaukee to Rochester, MN
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Go Carefree Shuttle
Website
gocarefreeshuttle.com
Bus from Winona, MN to Rochester, MN
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35
Schedules at
gocarefreeshuttle.com
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 Milwaukee, Wi
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$28 - $35

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There are 56+ hotels available in Rochester. Prices start at $67 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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