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There are 5 ways to get from Cleveland to Chicago by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly to Chicago Midway  •  3 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Cleveland (CLE) to Chicago Midway (MDW) CLE - MDW

$114 - $476

Cheapest option

Megabus  •  6 h 40 min

  1. Take the Megabus from Cleveland to Chicago, IL Schedule 21:Cleveland-Chicago / ...

$30 - $95

3 alternative options

Fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  3 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Cleveland (CLE) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) CLE - ORD

$114 - $488

Train  •  6 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Cleveland Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station Capitol Limited / ...

$55 - $150

Drive  •  5 h 39 min

  1. Drive from Cleveland to Chicago 344.9 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Cleveland to Chicago is to Megabus which costs $30 - $95 and takes 6 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cleveland to Chicago is to fly which costs $110 - $480 and takes 3 h 17 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cleveland and arriving at Chicago, IL. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 40 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Cleveland Amtrak Station station and arriving at Chicago Union Station station. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 46 min.

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The distance between Cleveland and Chicago is 309 miles. The road distance is 344.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Cleveland to Chicago without a car is to Megabus which takes 6 h 40 min and costs $30 - $95.

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It takes approximately 3 h 17 min to get from Cleveland to Chicago, including transfers.

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Cleveland to Chicago bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Cleveland station.

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

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The best way to get from Cleveland to Chicago is to fly which takes 3 h 17 min and costs $110 - $480. Alternatively, you can Megabus, which costs $30 - $95 and takes 6 h 40 min, you could also train, which costs $55 - $150 and takes 6 h 46 min.

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Map of how to get from Cleveland to Chicago.
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  • Distance: 308.9 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 17 min

What companies run services between Cleveland, OH, USA and Chicago, IL, USA?

Southwest Airlines and Delta fly from Cleveland to Chicago every 3 hours. Alternatively, Megabus operates a bus from Cleveland to Chicago twice daily. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 6 h 40 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Cleveland to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $850
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Cleveland to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $1,000
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Cleveland to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $850
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Cleveland to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $850
Flights from Cleveland to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $1,100
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 Cleveland Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
6 h 46 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Room
$260 - $360
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 Cleveland, Oh to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $95

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The quickest flight from Cleveland Airport to Chicago Midway Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Cleveland to Chicago bus services, operated by Megabus, arrive at Chicago, IL station.

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Chicago is 1 h behind Cleveland. It is currently 1:49 PM in Cleveland and 12:49 PM in Chicago.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cleveland to Chicago is 345 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 39 min to drive from Cleveland to Chicago.

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Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Cleveland Airport to Chicago Midway Airport.

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Book your Cleveland to Chicago bus tickets online with Greyhound.

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There are 704+ hotels available in Chicago. Prices start at $82 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Cleveland to Cleveland Airport is to subway which takes 27 min and costs $3.

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