There are 4 ways to get from Chicago to Sterling by train, taxi, bus or car

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Recommended option

Train, taxi  •  2 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Princeton Amtrak Southwest Chief / ...
  2. Take a taxi from Princeton Amtrak to Sterling

$144 - $195

Cheapest option

Bus  •  3 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Dixon, Il 4567 / ...

$72 - $109

2 alternative options

Train, bus  •  3 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Naperville Bnsf / ...
  2. Take the bus from Naperville Rt59 to Dixon, Il 4567 / ...

$76 - $144

Drive  •  2 h

  1. Drive from Chicago to Sterling 117.3 miles

$11 - $17

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Sterling is to drive which costs $11 - $17 and takes 2 h.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Sterling is to drive which costs $11 - $17 and takes 2 h.

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The distance between Chicago and Sterling is 107 miles. The road distance is 117.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Sterling without a car is to train and taxi which takes 2 h 37 min and costs $140 - $200.

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It takes approximately 2 h 37 min to get from Chicago to Sterling, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Sterling is 117 miles. It takes approximately 2 h to drive from Chicago to Sterling.

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There are eight+ hotels available in Sterling. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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  • Distance: 107.3 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 37 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Sterling, IL, USA?

Greyhound USA operates a bus from Chicago to Sterling hourly. Tickets cost $17 - $40 and the journey takes 3 h 20 min.

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 Princeton Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$14 - $35
Train from Chicago Union Station to Naperville Amtrak
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$21 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Business Coach Seat
$28 - $40
Room
$130 - $180
Metra
Phone
+1 312-322-6777
Website
metrarail.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Naperville
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Schedules at
metrarail.com
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.

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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 Dixon, Il
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $26
Flexible
$30 - $40
Bus from Naperville Rt59 to Dixon, Il
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $22
Flexible
$26 - $35
Other operators
Taxi from Princeton Amtrak to Sterling
Ave. Duration
55 min
Estimated price
$130 - $160

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