There are 7 ways to get from Columbus 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 Columbus to Chicago Midway  •  2 h 50 min

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

$125 - $399

Cheapest option

Bus  •  7 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, OH to Chicago, IL 0350 / ...

$30 - $100

5 alternative options

Fly Columbus to Chicago O'Hare  •  3 h 12 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 37 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 Amtrak  •  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 Amtrak Capitol Limited / ...

$66 - $168

Bus Barons Bus, train  •  9 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, OH to Gary, IN Schedules 0023 and 0024 / ...
  2. Take the train from Gary Metro Center to Van Buren St. Ssl

$39 - $101

Drive  •  5 h 55 min

  1. Drive from Columbus to Chicago 353.6 miles

$30 - $50

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Columbus to Chicago is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5 h 55 min.

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The quickest way to get from Columbus to Chicago is to fly which costs $120 - $400 and takes 2 h 50 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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It takes approximately 2 h 50 min to get from Columbus to Chicago, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Columbus, OH and arriving at Chicago, IL. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 h 55 min.

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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 $45 - $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 9 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 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $420
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Columbus to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Dayton to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 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 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $550
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Toledo Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
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
South Shore Line
Phone
+1 219-926-5744
Website
nictd.com
Train from Gary Metro Center to Van Buren St.
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $8
Schedules at
nictd.com
Bus operators
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 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
Barons Bus
Website
baronsbus.com
Bus from Columbus, OH to Dayton Trotwood, OH
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $25
Schedules at
baronsbus.com
Bus from Columbus, OH to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Schedules at
baronsbus.com
Bus from Columbus, OH to Gary, IN
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Schedules at
baronsbus.com
Hoosier Ride
Phone
800-544-2383
Website
hoosierride.com
Bus from Columbus, OH to Dayton Trotwood, OH
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $27
Schedules at
hoosierride.com
Bus from Columbus, OH to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $100
Schedules at
hoosierride.com
Bus from Columbus, OH to Gary, IN
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $95
Schedules at
hoosierride.com

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