There are 7 ways to get from Columbia to Chicago by plane, bus, train 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 to Chicago O'Hare  •  3 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Columbia (CAE) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) CAE - ORD

$237 - $585

Cheapest option

Bus Megabus  •  19 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Columbia to Atlanta, GA - Marta Civic Center Station
  2. Take the bus from Marta Civic Center Station - Nb to Chicago

$77 - $117

5 alternative options

Fly to Chicago Midway  •  4 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Columbia (CAE) to Chicago Midway (MDW) CAE - MDW

$237 - $1,134

Bus Greyhound USA  •  23 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Columbia to Atlanta, GA
  2. Take the bus from Atlanta, Ga to Chicago, Il 1196 / ...

$108 - $231

Train  •  29 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Columbia Amtrak to Washington Union Station Amtrak Silver Star
  2. Take the train from Washington Union Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak Capitol Limited

$177 - $517

Train via Alexandria Amtrak  •  34 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Columbia Amtrak to Alexandria Amtrak Silver Star
  2. Take the train from Alexandria Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak Cardinal

$196 - $554

Drive  •  13 h 29 min

  1. Drive from Columbia to Chicago 805.1 miles

$75 - $120

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Columbia to Chicago is to bus which costs $75 - $120 and takes 19 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Columbia to Chicago is to fly which costs $230 - $600 and takes 3 h 13 min.

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The distance between Columbia and Chicago is 655 miles. The road distance is 805.1 miles.

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It takes approximately 3 h 13 min to get from Columbia to Chicago, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Columbia to Chicago. However, there are services departing from Columbia and arriving at Chicago via Marta Civic Center Station - Nb. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 19 h 10 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Columbia to Chicago station. However, there are services departing from Columbia Amtrak and arriving at Chicago Union Station Amtrak via Washington Union Station Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 29 h 17 min.

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What companies run services between Columbia, SC, USA and Chicago, IL, USA?

United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta fly from Columbia to Chicago hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Columbia to Chicago via Atlanta, GA - Marta Civic Center Station and Marta Civic Center Station - Nb in around 19 h 10 min.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Columbia to Chicago O'Hare via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$420 - $1,000
Flights from Columbia to Chicago Midway via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Columbia to Chicago O'Hare via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Columbia to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $900
Flights from Columbia to Chicago O'Hare via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $900
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Columbia to Chicago Midway via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Columbia Amtrak to Washington Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
10 h 37 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $210
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$75 - $120
Flexi Coach Seat
$130 - $200
Business Coach Seat
$150 - $210
Room
$320 - $450
Train from Washington Union Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
17 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $160
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Business Coach Seat
$220 - $310
Room
$440 - $600
Train from Columbia Amtrak to Alexandria Amtrak
Ave. Duration
10 h 3 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $210
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Flexi Coach Seat
$130 - $190
Business Coach Seat
$140 - $210
Room
$320 - $450
Train from Alexandria Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
23 h 41 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $350
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Flexi Coach Seat
$210 - $310
Business Coach Seat
$250 - $350
Room
$490 - $700
Bus operators
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Columbia to Atlanta, GA - Marta Civic Center Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Schedules at
us.megabus.com
Bus from Marta Civic Center Station - Nb to Chicago
Ave. Duration
14 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Schedules at
us.megabus.com
Greyhound USA
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Atlanta, Ga to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
16 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$70 - $180
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$70 - $120
Flexible
$130 - $180

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