There are 6 ways to get from Chicago to Traverse City by plane, car, train or bus

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 Traverse City  •  2 h 48 min

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

$166 - $623

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Bus via Kalamazoo, Mi  •  9 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Kalamazoo, Mi
  2. Take the bus from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids, MI
  3. Take the bus from Grand Rapids to Traverse City, MI

$52 - $131

4 alternative options

Fly Chicago Midway to Manistee, drive  •  3 h 49 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Manistee (MBL) MDW - MBL
  2. Drive from Manistee to Traverse City

$67 - $183

Train, bus  •  8 h 49 min

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

$62 - $121

Bus  •  10 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Grand Rapids, MI 1482
  2. Take the bus from Grand Rapids to Traverse City, MI 1484

$53 - $83

Drive  •  5 h 22 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Traverse City 319.1 miles

$30 - $45

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Traverse City. However, there are services departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at Traverse City, MI via Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 15 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Traverse City is 225 miles. The road distance is 319.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Traverse City without a car is to train and bus which takes 8 h 49 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 48 min 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, Il station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Traverse City is to fly which takes 2 h 48 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 9 h 15 min.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Traverse City Airport is the direct flight which takes 59 min.

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

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Traverse City is 1 h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 5:07 PM in Chicago and 6:07 PM in Traverse City.

Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Traverse City is 319 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 22 min to drive from Chicago to Traverse City.

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  • Distance: 224.8 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 48 min

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

American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Chicago to Traverse City every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chicago to Traverse City via Kalamazoo, Mi, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, MI, and Grand Rapids in around 9 h 15 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
Regional Sky
Website
regionalsky.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Manistee
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$29 - $250
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 Grand Rapids Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Business Coach Seat
$65 - $95
Room
$190 - $270
Bus operators
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Grand Rapids to Traverse City, MI
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $30
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids, MI
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $55
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Grand Rapids, MI
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.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, Il to Kalamazoo, Mi
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50

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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 59+ hotels available in Traverse City. Prices start at $94 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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