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

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City  •  4h 16m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Traverse City (TVC) ORD - TVC

$146 - $758

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Train, bus  •  8h 59m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Grand Rapids Vernon J. Ehlers Station Pere Marquette
  2. Take the bus from Grand Rapids, MI to Traverse City, MI 1484

$54 - $76

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Manistee, drive  •  4h 30m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Manistee (MBL) ORD - MBL
  2. Drive from Manistee to Traverse City

$92 - $304

Fly Chicago Midway to Traverse City  •  6h 8m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Traverse City (TVC) MDW - TVC

$176 - $428

Train, Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails via Kalamazoo  •  8h 40m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Kalamazoo Blue Water / ...
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak to Traverse City, MI

Train, Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails  •  9h 10m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Grand Rapids Vernon J. Ehlers Station Pere Marquette
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from Grand Rapids to Traverse City, MI

Bus, Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails  •  9h 22m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to Kalamazoo "Greyhound"
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak to Traverse City, MI

Drive  •  5h 24m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Traverse City 319.3 miles

$30 - $45

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Traverse City is to drive which costs $30 - $45 and takes 5h 24m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Traverse City is to fly which costs $140 - $800 and takes 4h 16m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Traverse City. However, there are services departing from Chicago and arriving at Traverse City, MI via Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 22m.

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The distance between Chicago and Traverse City is 225 miles. The road distance is 319.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Traverse City without a car is to train and Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails via Kalamazoo which takes 8h 40m and costs .

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It takes approximately 4h 16m to get from Chicago to Traverse City, including transfers.

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Chicago to Traverse City bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Chicago station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Traverse City is to fly which takes 4h 16m and costs $140 - $800. Alternatively, you can bus and Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails, which costs and takes 9h 22m.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Traverse City Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 3m.

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Chicago to Traverse City bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Traverse City, MI station.

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  • Distance: 224.8 miles
  • Duration: 4h 16m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Traverse City, MI, USA?

United Airlines and American Airlines fly from Chicago to Traverse City every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chicago to Traverse City via Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak in around 9h 22m.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Traverse City via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Chicago Midway to Traverse City via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $750
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $850
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Manistee
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $290
Cape Air
Website
capeair.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Manistee
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $290
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 Kalamazoo
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
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 Grand Rapids Vernon J. Ehlers Station
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $50
Premium
$200 - $280
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Seat
$55 - $80
Bus 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
Bus from Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak to Traverse City, MI
Ave. Duration
5h 32m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Bus from Grand Rapids to Traverse City, MI
Ave. Duration
4h 6m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Grand Rapids, MI to Traverse City, MI
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Schedules at
indiantrails.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.

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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 to Kalamazoo
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$21 - $30
Flexible
$40 - $60

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Traverse City is 1h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 12:37 PM in Chicago and 1:37 PM in Traverse City.

Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Traverse City is 319 miles. It takes approximately 5h 24m to drive from Chicago to Traverse City.

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

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There are 48+ hotels available in Traverse City. Prices start at $100 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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