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There are 8 ways to get from Chicago to Swarthmore by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly from Chicago Midway, line 109 bus  •  4h 34m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Philadelphia (PHL) MDW - PHL
  2. Take the line 109 bus from 6th St & Welsh St - Chester Tran Ctr to Chester Rd & Rutgers Av

$198 - $1,011

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Fly from Chicago O'Hare, line 109 bus  •  4h 53m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Philadelphia (PHL) ORD - PHL
  2. Take the line 109 bus from 6th St & Welsh St - Chester Tran Ctr to Chester Rd & Rutgers Av

$88 - $351

6 alternative options

Train to Milwaukee, fly  •  6h 27m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee
  2. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Philadelphia (PHL) MKE - PHL

$146 - $247

Bus via New York  •  17h 8m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to New York
  2. Take the bus from New York to Philadelphia

$110 - $128

Train via Washington  •  20h 37m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Rockville Amtrak Capitol Limited
  2. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Philadelphia Acela / ...

$120 - $225

Bus  •  23h 2m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago Amtrak to Baltimore Downtown "Greyhound"
  2. Take the bus from Baltimore Downtown to Wilmington "Greyhound"

$104 - $142

Train  •  27h

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Philadelphia Cardinal

$110 - $153

Drive  •  12h 25m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Swarthmore 753 miles

$70 - $110

Chicago to Swarthmore by bus and night bus

The journey time between Chicago and Swarthmore is around 32h and covers a distance of around 907 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 31h 54m. Operated by D&W Bus, Focus and SEPTA, the Chicago to Swarthmore service departs from Chicago, IL and arrives in Chester Rd & Rutgers Av - FS. Typically three services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
32h
Fastest journey time:
31h 54m
Services per week:
3
Cheapest price:
$110
Carbon emissions:
181 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
19:45
Last service departs at:
19:45

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Chicago to Swarthmore bus and night bus schedules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Swarthmore is 800-232-4636.

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The most affordable way to get from Chicago to Swarthmore is to drive, which costs $70 - $110 and takes 12h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Swarthmore is to fly and line 109 bus which costs $190 - $1,100 and takes 4h 34m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Swarthmore. However, there are services departing from Chicago, IL and arriving at Chester Rd & Rutgers Av - FS via New York, Market St & 11th St and 69th St Transportation Center West Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17h 8m.

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No, there is no direct train from Chicago station to Swarthmore. However, there are services departing from Chicago Union Station and arriving at Swarthmore via ROCKVILLE station, Washington Union Station and 30th Street Train Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 20h 37m.

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The distance between Chicago and Swarthmore is 659 miles. The road distance is 753 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Swarthmore without a car is to bus via New York which takes 17h 8m and costs $110 - $130.

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It takes approximately 4h 34m to get from Chicago to Swarthmore, including transfers.

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Chicago to Swarthmore bus services, operated by D&W Bus, depart from Chicago, IL station.

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Chicago to Swarthmore train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Chicago Union Station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Swarthmore is to bus via New York which takes 17h 8m and costs $110 - $130. Alternatively, you can train via Washington, which costs $120 - $230 and takes 20h 37m.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Swarthmore.
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  • Distance: 658.8 miles
  • Duration: 4h 34m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Swarthmore, PA, USA?

You can take a bus from Chicago to Swarthmore via New York, Philadelphia, Market St & 11th St, 69th St Transportation Center South Terminal, and 69th St Transportation Center West Terminal in around 17h 8m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Chicago to Swarthmore via Rockville Amtrak, ROCKVILLE station, UNION STATION station, Washington Union Station, Philadelphia, and 30th Street Train Station in around 20h 37m.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
2h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia via Akron
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia via Columbus
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 49m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia via Covington
Ave. Duration
3h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia via Grand Rapids
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Flights from Milwaukee to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $390
Flights from Milwaukee to Philadelphia via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $390
Flights from Milwaukee to Philadelphia via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $390
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
2h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $800
Flights from Milwaukee to Philadelphia via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $600
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Chicago Midway to Philadelphia via Nashville
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $460
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Philadelphia via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $420
Flights from Milwaukee to Philadelphia via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $450
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 Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Seat
$35 - $55
Train from Chicago Union Station to Rockville Amtrak
Ave. Duration
16h 36m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Premium
$290 - $400
Flexi Coach Seat
$160 - $240
Business Seat
$170 - $240
Train from Washington Union Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Seat
$45 - $70
Train from Chicago Union Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
25h 41m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Premium
$330 - $460
Flexi Coach Seat
$210 - $310
Business Seat
$220 - $320
Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service serves the US’ busy northeast corridor from Virginia to Massachusetts; major stops include Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a quiet car, cafe and business-class seating, and travelling with a small dog or cat is permitted. Book at least 14 days in advance for a cheaper Saver Fare.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $100
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$50 - $100
Business Class Seat
$75 - $140
Bus operators
SEPTA
Phone
+1 215-580-7800
Website
septa.org
Bus from 6th St & Welsh St - Chester Tran Ctr to Chester Rd & Rutgers Av
Ave. Duration
15 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Website
septa.org
D&W Bus
Website
gotobus.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to New York
Ave. Duration
12h 15m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$90 - $110
Schedules at
gotobus.com
Book at
gotobus.com
Focus
Phone
+1 215-625-2727
Website
gotobus.com
Bus from New York to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$12
Book at
gotobus.com
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
Bus from Chicago Amtrak to Baltimore Downtown
Ave. Duration
18h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$80 - $120
Flexible
$120 - $180
Bus from Baltimore Downtown to Wilmington
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$30 - $50

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The quickest flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Philadelphia Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 50m.

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Chicago to Swarthmore bus services, operated by Focus, arrive at Philadelphia station.

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Swarthmore is 1h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 1:44 PM in Chicago and 2:44 PM in Swarthmore.

Chicago to Swarthmore train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Philadelphia station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Swarthmore is 753 miles. It takes approximately 12h 25m to drive from Chicago to Swarthmore.

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Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Chicago Midway Airport to Philadelphia Airport.

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There are 234+ hotels available in Swarthmore. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago Midway Airport is to subway which takes 23 min and costs $2 - $5.

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