There are 7 ways to get from Chicago to Topeka by plane, shuttle, bus, train or car

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Kansas City, shuttle  •  5 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Kansas City (MCI) ORD - MCI
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Kansas City International Airport, MO to Topeka, KS

$169 - $327

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Train  •  9 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Topeka Amtrak Southwest Chief

$75 - $210

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Fly Chicago Midway to Kansas City, shuttle  •  5 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Kansas City (MCI) MDW - MCI
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Kansas City International Airport, MO to Topeka, KS

$169 - $346

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Manhattan, shuttle  •  5 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Manhattan (MHK) ORD - MHK
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Manhattan, KS to Topeka, KS

$242 - $785

Bus to Milwaukee, fly to Kansas City, shuttle  •  7 h 36 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport to Milwaukee, WI - Airport
  2. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Kansas City (MCI) MKE - MCI
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Kansas City International Airport, MO to Topeka, KS

$239 - $952

Bus  •  12 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to St Louis, Mo
  2. Take the bus from St Louis, Mo to Kansas City, Mo
  3. Take the bus from Kansas City, Mo to Topeka, Ks

$78 - $184

Drive  •  9 h 37 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Topeka 591.2 miles

$55 - $85

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Topeka. However, there are services departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at Topeka, Ks via St Louis, Mo and Kansas City, Mo. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 53 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at Topeka Amtrak. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9 h 36 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Topeka is 469 miles. The road distance is 591.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Topeka without a car is to train which takes 9 h 36 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 44 min to get from Chicago to Topeka, including transfers.

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Chicago to Topeka bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Chicago, Il station.

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Chicago to Topeka train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Chicago Union Station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Topeka is to train which takes 9 h 36 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 12 h 53 min.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Kansas City Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 22 min.

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Chicago to Topeka bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Topeka, Ks station.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Topeka.
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  • Distance: 468.6 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 44 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Topeka, KS, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Chicago to Topeka once daily. Tickets cost $75 - $210 and the journey takes 9 h 36 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chicago to Topeka via St Louis, Mo and Kansas City, Mo in around 12 h 53 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Kansas City via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Milwaukee to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Milwaukee to Kansas City via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Milwaukee to Kansas City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $480
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Manhattan
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,400
Flights from Milwaukee to Kansas City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Topeka Amtrak
Ave. Duration
9 h 36 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $210
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$75 - $120
Flexi Coach Seat
$130 - $200
Business Coach Seat
$140 - $210
Room
$320 - $450
Bus operators
KCI RoadRunner
Website
kciroadrunner.com
Shuttle from Kansas City International Airport, MO to Topeka, KS
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$57 - $62
Schedules at
arivalshuttle.com
Shuttle from Manhattan, KS to Topeka, KS
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$46 - $50
Schedules at
arivalshuttle.com
Coach USA
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 St Louis, Mo
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$65 - $90
Bus from St Louis, Mo to Kansas City, Mo
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$29 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70
Bus from Kansas City, Mo to Topeka, Ks
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $28
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $19
Flexible
$22 - $28

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Topeka is 591 miles. It takes approximately 9 h 37 min to drive from Chicago to Topeka.

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

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Book your Chicago to Topeka bus tickets online with Greyhound, Greyhound and Greyhound.

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There are 28+ hotels available in Topeka. Prices start at $63 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 .

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