There are 8 ways to get from Chicago to Southern Illinois University Carbondale by train, bus, night bus, car, plane or taxi

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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Train  •  5 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Carbondale Amtrak City Of New Orleans / ...

$27 - $50

7 alternative options

Bus Greyhound USA, night bus  •  8 h 44 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to St Louis, Mo 1353
  2. Take the night bus from St Louis, Mo to Carbondale 4711

$51 - $123

Bus Megabus, night bus  •  9 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to St. Louis via St Louis
  2. Take the night bus from St. Louis Gateway Station Amtrak to Carbondale Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Drive  •  5 h 32 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Southern Illinois University Carbondale 333.9 miles

$30 - $50

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Cape Girardeau, taxi  •  4 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Cape Girardeau (CGI) ORD - CGI
  2. Take a taxi from Cape Girardeau to Southern Illinois University Carbondale

$272 - $825

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Paducah, bus  •  5 h 52 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Paducah (PAH) ORD - PAH
  2. Take the bus from Paducah, Ky to Carbondale

$143 - $413

Fly Chicago Midway to St. Louis, night bus  •  6 h 16 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to St. Louis (STL) MDW - STL
  2. Take the night bus from St Louis, Mo to Carbondale

$146 - $361

Fly Chicago O'Hare to St. Louis, night bus  •  6 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to St. Louis (STL) ORD - STL
  2. Take the night bus from St Louis, Mo to Carbondale

$111 - $302

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Southern Illinois University Carbondale is to train which costs $27 - $50 and takes 5 h 38 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Southern Illinois University Carbondale is to fly and taxi which costs $270 - $850 and takes 4 h 32 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Southern Illinois University Carbondale is 302 miles. The road distance is 333.9 miles.

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The train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Carbondale Amtrak takes 5 h 16 min including transfers and departs three times a day.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Southern Illinois University Carbondale. However, there are services departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at Carbondale via St Louis, Mo. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 44 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station Amtrak station and arriving at Carbondale Amtrak. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 16 min.

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There are 11+ hotels available in Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Chicago to Southern Illinois University Carbondale train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal Amtrak station.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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  • Distance: 301.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 38 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Chicago to Southern Illinois University Carbondale 3 times a day. Tickets cost $27 - $50 and the journey takes 5 h 16 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cape Girardeau
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cape Girardeau via Quincy
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Paducah
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to St. Louis
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to St. Louis
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to St. Louis
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Carbondale Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 16 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $50
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
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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 St Louis, Mo
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $85
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $55
Flexible
$65 - $85
Night bus from St Louis, Mo to Carbondale
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$29 - $40
Bus from Paducah, Ky to Carbondale
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$24 - $35
Other operators
Taxi from Cape Girardeau to Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Estimated price
$140 - $170

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