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There are 8 ways to get from Chicago to Tucson by plane, shuttle, train, 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.

Recommended option

Fly Chicago Midway to Tucson  •  6 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Tucson (TUS) MDW - TUS

$214 - $496

Cheapest option

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Phoenix, shuttle  •  8 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Phoenix (PHX) ORD - PHX
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, AZ to Tucson

$137 - $420

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Tucson  •  6 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Tucson (TUS) ORD - TUS

$164 - $437

Fly Chicago Midway to Phoenix, shuttle  •  7 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Phoenix (PHX) MDW - PHX
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, AZ to Tucson

$182 - $659

Train, bus  •  37 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Flagstaff Amtrak Station Southwest Chief
  2. Take the bus from Flagstaff to University of Arizona FlixBus

$223 - $643

Bus  •  42 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Phoenix, Az 1351 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Phoenix Airport to University of Arizona FlixBus

$178 - $443

Train  •  2 days 7 h

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Tucson Amtrak Station Texas Eagle

$270 - $850

Drive  •  28 h 30 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Tucson 1794 miles

$170 - $260

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Tucson is to drive which costs $170 - $260 and takes 28 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Tucson is to fly which costs $210 - $500 and takes 6 h 31 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Tucson. However, there are services departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at University of Arizona via Van Buren St & 5th St and Phoenix Airport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 42 h 35 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at Tucson Amtrak Station station. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 2 days 7 h.

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The distance between Chicago and Tucson is 1450 miles. The road distance is 1794 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Tucson without a car is to train and bus which takes 37 h 37 min and costs $220 - $650.

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It takes approximately 6 h 31 min to get from Chicago to Tucson, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Chicago to Tucson is to fly which takes 6 h 31 min and costs $210 - $500. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $170 - $450 and takes 42 h 35 min, you could also train, which costs $270 - $850 and takes 2 days 7 h.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Tucson.
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  • Distance: 1449.5 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 31 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Tucson, AZ, USA?

Southwest Airlines flies from Chicago to Tucson every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chicago to Tucson via Phoenix, Az, Van Buren St & 5th St, Washington St & 41st Pl, and Phoenix Airport in around 42 h 35 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Tucson
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $900
Flights from Chicago Midway to Tucson via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 8 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $900
Flights from Chicago Midway to Tucson via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 13 min
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $900
Flights from Chicago Midway to Tucson via Dallas
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $900
Flights from Chicago Midway to Phoenix
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,200
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Tucson
Ave. Duration
3 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Tucson via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Tucson via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Phoenix
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Tucson
Ave. Duration
4 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Tucson via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Phoenix
Ave. Duration
3 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Phoenix via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $850
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Phoenix
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Phoenix
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $750
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 Flagstaff Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
31 h 42 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$210 - $650
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$210 - $310
Flexi Coach Seat
$370 - $550
Business Coach Seat
$450 - $650
Room
$800 - $1,100
Train from Chicago Union Station to Tucson Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2 days 7 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$270 - $400
Flexi Coach Seat
$480 - $700
Business Coach Seat
$550 - $850
Room
$1,000 - $1,400
Bus operators
Arizona Shuttle
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Flagstaff to University of Arizona
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$10 - $20
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Bus from Phoenix Airport to University of Arizona
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $13
Schedules at
flixbus.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, Il to Phoenix, Az
Ave. Duration
38 h 55 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$170 - $430
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$170 - $280
Flexible
$330 - $430

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More Questions & Answers

The quickest flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Tucson Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h 50 min.

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Chicago to Tucson bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, arrive at University of Arizona station.

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Tucson is 1 h behind Chicago. It is currently 11:11 PM in Chicago and 10:11 PM in Tucson.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Tucson is 1794 miles. It takes approximately 28 h 30 min to drive from Chicago to Tucson.

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Chicago Midway Airport to Tucson Airport.

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There are 201+ hotels available in Tucson. Prices start at $53 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 - $4.

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