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There are 9 ways to get from Chicago to Tennessee by plane, train, night bus, bus 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 Chattanooga  •  3 h 28 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Chattanooga (CHA) ORD - CHA

$160 - $1,327

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Bus  •  9 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to Nashville, TN

$40 - $60

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Memphis  •  3 h 30 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Memphis (MEM) ORD - MEM

$117 - $444

Fly Chicago Midway to Nashville  •  3 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Nashville (BNA) MDW - BNA

$154 - $606

Fly Chicago Midway to Memphis  •  3 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Memphis (MEM) MDW - MEM

$127 - $623

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Knoxville  •  3 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Knoxville (TYS) ORD - TYS

$207 - $495

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Nashville  •  3 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Nashville (BNA) ORD - BNA

$134 - $447

Train, night bus  •  9 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Carbondale Amtrak City Of New Orleans / ...
  2. Take the night bus from Carbondale to Nashville, Tn 4711

$52 - $109

Drive  •  7 h 43 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Nashville 471.1 miles

$45 - $70

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Tennessee is to bus which costs $40 - $60 and takes 9 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Tennessee is to fly which costs $120 - $650 and takes 3 h 19 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago and arriving at Nashville, TN. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9 h 30 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Tennessee is 430 miles. The road distance is 471.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Tennessee without a car is to train and night bus which takes 9 h 26 min and costs $50 - $110.

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It takes approximately 3 h 28 min to get from Chicago to Tennessee, including transfers.

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Chicago to Tennessee bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Chicago station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Tennessee is to fly which takes 3 h 28 min and costs $160 - $1,400. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $40 - $60 and takes 9 h 30 min.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Chattanooga Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 36 min.

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Chicago to Tennessee bus services, operated by Megabus, arrive at Nashville, TN station.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Tennessee.
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  • Distance: 430.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 28 min

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

American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta fly from Chicago to East Chattanooga every 3 hours. Alternatively, Megabus operates a bus from Chicago to Nashville twice daily. Tickets cost $40 - $60 and the journey takes 9 h 30 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Nashville
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $800
Flights from Chicago Midway to Memphis
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Chattanooga
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $750
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Chattanooga via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $750
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Memphis
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Knoxville
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $750
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Knoxville via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $750
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Nashville
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Chattanooga
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $2,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Memphis
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Knoxville
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $750
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Nashville
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Chattanooga via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3 h 54 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Memphis via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Memphis via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to Memphis via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Knoxville via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Knoxville via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $850
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 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

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
Night bus from Carbondale to Nashville, Tn
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $60

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More Questions & Answers

Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Tennessee is 471 miles. It takes approximately 7 h 43 min to drive from Chicago to Tennessee.

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United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines offer flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Chattanooga Airport.

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There are 36+ hotels available in Tennessee. Prices start at $59 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago O'Hare Airport is to subway which takes 42 min and costs $2 - $5.

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