There are 5 ways to get from Chicago to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore by train, bus, ferry or plane

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

Recommended option

Train, Amtrak Thruway, ferry  •  10 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Kalamazoo Amtrak
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak to Traverse City, MI
  3. Take the ferry from Leland, MI to North Manitou Island, MI

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry  •  13 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Grand Rapids, MI
  2. Take the bus from Grand Rapids to Traverse City, MI
  3. Take the ferry from Leland, MI to North Manitou Island, MI

$73 - $105

3 alternative options

Bus, Amtrak Thruway, ferry  •  11 h 16 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Kalamazoo, Mi
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak to Traverse City, MI
  3. Take the ferry from Leland, MI to North Manitou Island, MI

Train, bus, ferry  •  11 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Grand Rapids Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Grand Rapids to Traverse City, MI
  3. Take the ferry from Leland, MI to North Manitou Island, MI

$82 - $143

Fly, ferry  •  5 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Traverse City (TVC) ORD - TVC
  2. Take the ferry from Leland, MI to North Manitou Island, MI

$172 - $628

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, MI, USA?

There is no direct connection from Chicago to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. However, you can take the train to Kalamazoo Amtrak, take the walk to Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak, take the Amtrak Thruway to Traverse City, MI, take the drive to Leland, MI, take the ferry to North Manitou Island, MI, then take the travel to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Chicago to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore via Kalamazoo, Mi, Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak, Traverse City, MI, Leland, MI, and North Manitou Island, MI in around 11 h 16 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Kalamazoo Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Business Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Grand Rapids Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Business Coach Seat
$65 - $95
Room
$190 - $270
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Chicago, Il to Kalamazoo, Mi
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Grand Rapids to Traverse City, MI
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $30
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Grand Rapids, MI
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Ferry operators
Manitou Island Transit
Website
manitoutransit.com
Ferry from Leland, MI to North Manitou Island, MI
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18
Schedules at
manitoutransit.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Chicago and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is 383 km.

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is to bus and ferry which costs $70 - $110 and takes 13 h 1 min.

The quickest way to get from Chicago to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is to fly and ferry which takes 5 h 32 min and costs $170 - $650.

It takes approximately 10 h 52 min to get from Chicago to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, including transfers.

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