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

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Fly Chicago Midway to Columbus Golden Triangle Regional, drive  •  7h 8m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Columbus Golden Triangle Regional (GTR) MDW - GTR
  2. Drive from Columbus Golden Triangle Regional to Tuscaloosa

$237 - $1,213

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Bus  •  22h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Birmingham, Al 1163
  2. Take the bus from Birmingham, Al to Tuscaloosa, Al 1523 / ...

$96 - $234

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Birmingham, train  •  6h 44m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Birmingham (BHM) ORD - BHM
  2. Take the train from Birmingham Intermodal Facility to Tuscaloosa Amtrak Station

$198 - $387

Fly Chicago Midway to Birmingham, train  •  6h 23m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Birmingham (BHM) MDW - BHM
  2. Take the train from Birmingham Intermodal Facility to Tuscaloosa Amtrak Station

$208 - $486

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Meridian, train  •  6h 39m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Meridian (MEI) ORD - MEI
  2. Take the train from Meridian Union Station to Tuscaloosa Amtrak Station

$190 - $793

Train  •  26h 26m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal City Of New Orleans
  2. Take the train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Tuscaloosa Amtrak Station Crescent

$175 - $495

Drive  •  11h 45m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Tuscaloosa 718.3 miles

$70 - $110

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Tuscaloosa is to drive which costs $70 - $110 and takes 11h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Tuscaloosa is to fly and train which costs $200 - $490 and takes 6h 23m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Tuscaloosa. However, there are services departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at Tuscaloosa, Al via Birmingham, Al. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 22h 40m.

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No, there is no direct train from Chicago station to Tuscaloosa station. However, there are services departing from Chicago Union Station and arriving at Tuscaloosa Amtrak Station via New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 26h 26m.

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The distance between Chicago and Tuscaloosa is 602 miles. The road distance is 718.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Tuscaloosa without a car is to bus which takes 22h 40m and costs $95 - $240.

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It takes approximately 7h 8m to get from Chicago to Tuscaloosa, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Chicago to Tuscaloosa is to bus which takes 22h 40m and costs $95 - $240. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $170 - $500 and takes 26h 26m.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Tuscaloosa.
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  • Distance: 602.3 miles
  • Duration: 7h 8m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Tuscaloosa, AL, USA?

You can take a bus from Chicago to Tuscaloosa via Birmingham, Al in around 22h 40m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Chicago to Tuscaloosa via New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal in around 26h 26m.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Columbus Golden Triangle Regional via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Flights from Chicago Midway to Columbus Golden Triangle Regional via Detroit, Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7h 32m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from Chicago Midway to Columbus Golden Triangle Regional via Minneapolis, Atlanta
Ave. Duration
9h 24m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Birmingham via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Birmingham via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Birmingham via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Meridian
Ave. Duration
2h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $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 Birmingham Intermodal Facility to Tuscaloosa Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
59m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $50
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$24 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $50
Room
$140 - $200
Train from Meridian Union Station to Tuscaloosa Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$150 - $220
Train from Chicago Union Station to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal
Ave. Duration
19h 42m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $360
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$120 - $190
Flexi Coach Seat
$220 - $320
Business Coach Seat
$250 - $360
Room
$490 - $700
Train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Tuscaloosa Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
5h 44m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Room
$240 - $330
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.

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 Birmingham, Al
Ave. Duration
20h 35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$80 - $210
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$80 - $140
Flexible
$160 - $210
Bus from Birmingham, Al to Tuscaloosa, Al
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $27
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $18
Flexible
$21 - $27

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More Questions & Answers

There is no direct flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Columbus Golden Triangle Regional Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 18m and has one stopover.

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Chicago to Tuscaloosa bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Tuscaloosa, Al station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Tuscaloosa is 718 miles. It takes approximately 11h 45m to drive from Chicago to Tuscaloosa.

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Southwest Airlines and Delta offer flights from Chicago Midway Airport to Columbus Golden Triangle Regional Airport.

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Book your Chicago to Tuscaloosa bus tickets online with Greyhound and Greyhound.

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There are 58+ hotels available in Tuscaloosa. Prices start at $64 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago Midway Airport is to subway which takes 23m and costs $2 - $4.

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