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

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Fly Columbus to Chicago Midway  •  2 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Columbus (CMH) to Chicago Midway (MDW) CMH - MDW

$125 - $399

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Bus  •  7 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, OH to Chicago, IL Columbus / ...

$30 - $100

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Fly Columbus to Chicago O'Hare  •  3 h 16 min

  1. Fly from Columbus (CMH) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) CMH - ORD

$115 - $280

Bus to Dayton, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  4 h 42 min

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, Oh to Dayton Trotwood, Oh
  2. Fly from Dayton (DAY) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) DAY - ORD

$150 - $275

Bus, train  •  8 h 43 min

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, Oh to Toledo, Oh 1096 / ...
  2. Take the train from Toledo Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Capitol Limited / ...

$66 - $168

Drive  •  5 h 55 min

  1. Drive from Columbus to Chicago 353.6 miles

$30 - $50

Questions & Answers

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Columbus, OH and arriving at Chicago, IL. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 7 h 55 min.

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The distance between Columbus and Chicago is 277 miles. The road distance is 353.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Columbus to Chicago without a car is to bus which takes 7 h 55 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 55 min to get from Columbus to Chicago, including transfers.

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Columbus to Chicago bus services, operated by Hoosier Ride, depart from Columbus, OH station.

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The best way to get from Columbus to Chicago is to fly which takes 2 h 55 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 7 h 55 min.

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The quickest flight from Columbus Airport to Chicago Midway Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Columbus to Chicago bus services, operated by Hoosier Ride, arrive at Chicago, IL station.

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Chicago is 1 h behind Columbus. It is currently 2:04 AM in Columbus and 1:04 AM in Chicago.

Yes, the driving distance between Columbus to Chicago is 354 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 55 min to drive from Columbus to Chicago.

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  • Distance: 277.1 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 55 min

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

Southwest Airlines flies from Columbus to Chicago every 4 hours. Alternatively, Hoosier Ride operates a bus from Columbus to Chicago twice daily. Tickets cost $75 - $100 and the journey takes 7 h 55 min. Barons Bus also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Columbus to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Columbus to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Dayton to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $420
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Columbus to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Dayton to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $420
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Columbus to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $550
Flights from Dayton to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 21 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
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
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 Dayton Trotwood, Oh
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $20
Flexible
$24 - $35
Bus from Columbus, Oh to Toledo, Oh
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $35
Flexible
$35 - $50

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Columbus Airport to Chicago Midway Airport.

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

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