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

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Fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  3 h 15 min

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

$237 - $585

Cheapest option

Bus  •  22 h 36 min

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

$96 - $233

4 alternative options

Fly to Chicago Midway  •  4 h 51 min

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

$237 - $1,134

Train  •  29 h 17 min

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

$196 - $554

Drive  •  13 h 29 min

  1. Drive from Columbia to Chicago 805.1 miles

$75 - $120

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The cheapest way to get from Columbia to Chicago is to drive which costs $75 - $120 and takes 13 h 29 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 15 min.

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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, Il via Peachtree St Sw @ Brotherton Transportation Mall and Atlanta, Ga. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 22 h 36 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 via Washington Union Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 29 h 17 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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The best way to get from Columbia to Chicago without a car is to bus which takes 22 h 36 min and costs $95 - $240.

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It takes approximately 3 h 15 min to get from Columbia to Chicago, including transfers.

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Columbia to Chicago bus services, operated by South Eastern Stages, depart from Columbia station.

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Columbia to Chicago train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Columbia Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Columbia to Chicago is to fly which takes 3 h 15 min and costs $230 - $600. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $95 - $240 and takes 22 h 36 min, you could also train, which costs $170 - $550 and takes 29 h 17 min.

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Map of how to get from Columbia to Chicago.
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  • Distance: 655.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 15 min

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, Peachtree St Sw @ Brotherton Transportation Mall, Peachtree St @ Wall St, and Atlanta, Ga in around 22 h 36 min.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Columbia to Chicago O'Hare via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$420 - $1,000
Flights from Columbia to Chicago Midway via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $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 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Columbia to Chicago O'Hare via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $1,100
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Columbia to Chicago Midway via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
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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Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Columbia Amtrak to Washington Union Station
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 to Chicago Union Station
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
Ave. Duration
23 h 41 min
Frequency
4 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
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 Atlanta, Ga to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
16 h 25 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$70 - $180
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$70 - $120
Flexible
$130 - $180
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The quickest flight from Columbia Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 15 min.

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Columbia to Chicago bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Chicago, Il station.

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Chicago is 1 h behind Columbia. It is currently 2:56 PM in Columbia and 1:56 PM in Chicago.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Columbia to Chicago is 805 miles. It takes approximately 13 h 29 min to drive from Columbia to Chicago.

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United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta offer flights from Columbia Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport.

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There are 557+ hotels available in Chicago. Prices start at $99 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Columbia to Columbia Airport is to taxi which takes 12 min and costs $25 - $30.

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