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There are 9 ways to get from Columbus to Bloomington by bus, train, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus  •  8 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, OH to Richmond, IN
  2. Take the bus from Richmond, IN to Indianapolis, IN
  3. Take the bus from Indianapolis, IN to Bloomington/Normal, IL

$64 - $108

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Bus Hoosier Ride, train  •  11 h 16 min

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, OH to Chicago, IL Columbus / ...
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Bloomington-Normal Amtrak Lincoln Service / ...

$62 - $171

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Bus via Danville, IL  •  10 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, OH to Richmond, IN
  2. Take the bus from Richmond, IN to Indianapolis, IN
  3. Take the bus from Indianapolis, IN to Danville, IL
  4. Take the bus from Danville, IL to Bloomington/Normal, IL

$86 - $139

Bus, train via Toledo Amtrak  •  11 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, Oh to Toledo, Oh
  2. Take the train from Toledo Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
  3. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Bloomington-Normal Amtrak

$96 - $243

Drive  •  5 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Columbus to Bloomington 344.2 miles

$30 - $50

Fly to Bloomington  •  5 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Columbus (CMH) to Bloomington (BMI) CMH - BMI

$164 - $856

Fly to Peoria, bus  •  6 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Columbus (CMH) to Peoria (PIA) CMH - PIA
  2. Take the bus from Peoria, Bradley University to Uptown Station

$169 - $748

Fly to Chicago Midway, train  •  6 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Columbus (CMH) to Chicago Midway (MDW) CMH - MDW
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Bloomington-Normal Amtrak

$155 - $474

Fly to Chicago O'Hare, train  •  6 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Columbus (CMH) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) CMH - ORD
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Bloomington-Normal Amtrak

$145 - $355

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The cheapest way to get from Columbus to Bloomington is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5 h 44 min.

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The quickest way to get from Columbus to Bloomington is to fly which costs $160 - $900 and takes 5 h 42 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Columbus to Bloomington. However, there are services departing from Columbus, OH and arriving at Bloomington/Normal, IL via Richmond, IN and Indianapolis, IN. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 35 min.

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The distance between Columbus and Bloomington is 320 miles. The road distance is 344.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Columbus to Bloomington without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 35 min and costs $60 - $110.

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It takes approximately 8 h 35 min to get from Columbus to Bloomington, including transfers.

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Columbus to Bloomington bus services, operated by Barons Bus, depart from Columbus, OH station.

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The best way to get from Columbus to Bloomington is to bus which takes 8 h 35 min and costs $60 - $110. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $160 - $900 and takes 5 h 42 min.

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There is no direct flight from Columbus Airport to Bloomington Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 28 min and has one stopover.

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Columbus to Bloomington bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, arrive at Bloomington/Normal, IL station.

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Map of how to get from Columbus to Bloomington.
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  • Distance: 320.1 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 35 min

What companies run services between Columbus, OH, USA and Bloomington, IL, USA?

You can take a bus from Columbus to Bloomington via Richmond, IN and Indianapolis, IN in around 8 h 35 min. Alternatively, American Airlines, Delta and three other airlines fly from Columbus to Bloomington hourly.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Columbus to Bloomington via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Columbus to Bloomington via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 34 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Columbus to Bloomington via Philadelphia, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Columbus to Bloomington via New York La Guardia, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 16 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from Columbus to Bloomington via Reagan Washington, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 31 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Columbus to Peoria via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Columbus to Peoria via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Columbus to Peoria via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 26 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Columbus to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Columbus to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Columbus to Bloomington via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Columbus to Bloomington via Detroit, Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 24 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Columbus to Bloomington via Raleigh/Durham, Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 52 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Columbus to Peoria via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 12 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Columbus to Peoria via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 43 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Columbus to Peoria via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Columbus to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Columbus to Peoria via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Columbus to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
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 Bloomington-Normal Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Toledo Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Room
$210 - $300
Bus operators
Barons Bus
Phone
+1 888-378-3823
Website
baronsbus.com
Bus from Columbus, OH to Richmond, IN
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $28
Book at
baronsbus.com
Bus from Richmond, IN to Indianapolis, IN
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $25
Book at
baronsbus.com
Bus from Columbus, OH to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
9 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Book at
baronsbus.com
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Indianapolis, IN to Bloomington/Normal, IL
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Indianapolis, IN to Danville, IL
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Danville, IL to Bloomington/Normal, IL
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Indianapolis to Bloomington-Normal, IL
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Columbus, Oh to Toledo, Oh
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $35
Flexible
$35 - $50
Peoria Charter Coach Company
Website
peoriacharter.com
Bus from Peoria, Bradley University to Uptown Station
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $18
Schedules at
peoriacharter.com

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Bloomington is 1 h behind Columbus. It is currently 2:39 AM in Columbus and 1:39 AM in Bloomington.

Yes, the driving distance between Columbus to Bloomington is 344 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 44 min to drive from Columbus to Bloomington.

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Delta and American Airlines offer flights from Columbus Airport to Bloomington Airport.

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There are 32+ hotels available in Bloomington. Prices start at $49 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Columbus to Columbus Airport is to bus which takes 10 min and costs $3 - $5.

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