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There are 8 ways to get from Chicago to Rochester by plane, shuttle, 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  •  4h 4m

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

$159 - $716

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Bus  •  9h 5m

  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, shuttle  •  4h 58m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Minneapolis (MSP) MDW - MSP
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Terminal 2 MSP to 2nd Street Rochester

$94 - $322

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Minneapolis, shuttle  •  5h 9m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Minneapolis (MSP) ORD - MSP
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Terminal 2 MSP to 2nd Street Rochester

$74 - $253

Fly Chicago O'Hare to La Crosse, bus  •  5h 49m

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

$172 - $710

Train, bus  •  7h 26m

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

$72 - $182

Bus via Milwaukee  •  9h 30m

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

$71 - $115

Drive  •  5h 50m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Rochester 350.4 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Rochester is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Rochester is to fly which costs $150 - $750 and takes 4h 4m.

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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 9h 5m.

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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 7h 26m and costs $70 - $190.

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It takes approximately 4h 4m 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 4h 4m and costs $150 - $750. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $60 - $95 and takes 9h 5m.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Rochester Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 12m.

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

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Rochester.
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  • Distance: 287.9 miles
  • Duration: 4h 4m

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

American Airlines and United Airlines 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 9h 5m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Flights from Chicago Midway to Minneapolis via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $390
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Rochester
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $750
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $350
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to La Crosse
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $850
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $420
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Rochester
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $400
Air Choice One
Website
airchoiceone.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Minneapolis via Mason City
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Winona Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
5h 26m
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
Groome Transportation
Phone
(800) 280-9270
Website
groometransportation.com
Shuttle from Terminal 2 MSP to 2nd Street Rochester
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
groometransportation.com
Bus from La Crosse, WI to Rochester, MN
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Schedules at
groometransportation.com
Bus from Winona Amtrak Station to Rochester, MN
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Schedules at
groometransportation.com
Amtrak Thruway

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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Thruway
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from La Crosse, WI to Rochester, MN
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Winona Amtrak Station to Rochester, MN
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Website
amtrak.com
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Madison to Rochester, MN
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Milwaukee to Rochester, MN
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Book at
jeffersonlines.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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
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
2h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$28 - $35

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More Questions & Answers

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

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

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There are 57+ hotels available in Rochester. Prices start at $72 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago O'Hare Airport is to subway which takes 42m and costs $2 - $5.

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