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There are 7 ways to get from Chicago to South Padre Island by plane, night bus, 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 Brownsville  •  6 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Brownsville (BRO) ORD - BRO

$182 - $755

6 alternative options

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Harlingen  •  7 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Harlingen (HRL) ORD - HRL

$242 - $825

Fly Chicago Midway to Harlingen  •  8 h 28 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Harlingen (HRL) MDW - HRL

$232 - $824

Fly Chicago O'Hare to McAllen, night bus, shuttle  •  10 h 52 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to McAllen (MFE) ORD - MFE
  2. Take the night bus from Mcallen, Tx to Harlingen, Tx
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Rio Grande Valley International Airport to South Padre Island, Texas

$237 - $979

Bus  •  33 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Dallas, Tx 1227
  2. Take the bus from Dallas, Tx to Brownsville, Tx 897 / ...

$224 - $464

Train, night bus  •  34 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Dallas Union Station Texas Eagle
  2. Take the night bus from Dallas, Tx to Brownsville, Tx 9589

$265 - $621

Drive  •  25 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to South Padre Island 1513.6 miles

$140 - $220

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to South Padre Island is to drive which costs $140 - $220 and takes 25 h 5 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to South Padre Island is to fly which costs $180 - $800 and takes 6 h 45 min.

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The distance between Chicago and South Padre Island is 1224 miles. The road distance is 1513.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to South Padre Island without a car is to bus which takes 33 h 59 min and costs $220 - $470.

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It takes approximately 6 h 45 min to get from Chicago to South Padre Island, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Chicago to South Padre Island is to fly which takes 6 h 45 min and costs $180 - $800. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $220 - $470 and takes 33 h 59 min.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Brownsville Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h 34 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to South Padre Island is 1514 miles. It takes approximately 25 h 5 min to drive from Chicago to South Padre Island.

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

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There are 747+ hotels available in South Padre Island. Prices start at $39 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to South Padre Island.
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  • Distance: 1224.2 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 45 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and South Padre Island, TX, USA?

United Airlines and American Airlines fly from Chicago to South Padre Island hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chicago to South Padre Island via Dallas, Tx and Brownsville, Tx in around 33 h 59 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Harlingen via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,500
Flights from Chicago Midway to Harlingen via Dallas
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,500
Flights from Chicago Midway to Harlingen via Austin
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,500
Flights from Chicago Midway to Harlingen via St. Louis, Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,500
Flights from Chicago Midway to Harlingen via Kansas City, Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,500
Flights from Chicago Midway to Harlingen via Dallas, Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,500
Flights from Chicago Midway to Harlingen via Austin, Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,500
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Brownsville
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Brownsville via Houston
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Harlingen via Houston
Ave. Duration
5 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,900
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to McAllen via Houston
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to McAllen via Austin, Houston
Ave. Duration
6 h 58 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to McAllen via Kansas City, Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 3 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to McAllen via Nashville, Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Brownsville via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,500
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to McAllen via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,500
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to McAllen via St. Louis, Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $1,500
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to McAllen via Fayetteville, Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 1 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $1,500
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Harlingen via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Harlingen via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,600
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Harlingen
Ave. Duration
3 h 21 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
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 Dallas Union Station
Ave. Duration
21 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$130 - $200
Flexi Coach Seat
$230 - $340
Business Coach Seat
$270 - $380
Room
$500 - $750
Bus operators
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
Night bus from Mcallen, Tx to Harlingen, Tx
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $22
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $15
Flexible
$17 - $22
Bus from Chicago, Il to Dallas, Tx
Ave. Duration
19 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $240
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$90 - $160
Flexible
$180 - $240
Bus from Dallas, Tx to Brownsville, Tx
Ave. Duration
13 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $140
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$55 - $95
Flexible
$100 - $140
South Padre Shuttle
Website
southpadreshuttle.com
Shuttle from Rio Grande Valley International Airport to South Padre Island, Texas
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$20
Schedules at
myrioride.bookingtool.net

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