There are 3 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, bus, ferry  •  11 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station 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

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

1 alternative option

Fly, ferry  •  5 h 30 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

Questions & Answers

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.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is to fly and ferry which costs $170 - $650 and takes 5 h 30 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is 239 miles.

It takes approximately 11 h 30 min to get from Chicago to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Traverse City Airport is the direct flight which takes 59 min.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is 1 h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 5:40 PM in Chicago and 6:40 PM in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

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

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There are two+ hotels available in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago O'Hare Airport is to subway which takes 43 min and costs $2 - $5.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
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  • Distance: 239.1 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 30 min

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 Grand Rapids Amtrak, take the walk to Grand Rapids, take the bus 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 Grand Rapids, MI, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, MI, Leland, MI, and North Manitou Island, MI in around 13 h 1 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 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 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
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 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
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
Once 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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