There are 8 ways to get from Houston 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 Houston Hobby Apt to Chicago Midway  •  4 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Houston Hobby Apt (HOU) to Chicago Midway (MDW) HOU - MDW

$103 - $805

Cheapest option

Fly Houston to Chicago O'Hare  •  5 h 15 min

  1. Fly from Houston (IAH) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) IAH - ORD

$83 - $368

6 alternative options

Fly Houston Hobby Apt to Chicago O'Hare  •  6 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Houston Hobby Apt (HOU) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) HOU - ORD

$103 - $276

Bus, train  •  25 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Houston, Tx to Longview, Tx 6440
  2. Take the train from Longview Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak Texas Eagle

$136 - $402

Bus Megabus  •  26 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Houston, TX to Dallas/Forth Worth
  2. Take the bus from Dallas/Fort Worth Dart East to Chicago

$108 - $155

Bus Greyhound USA  •  26 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Houston, Tx to Dallas, Tx 7216 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Dallas, Tx to Chicago, Il 1500

$123 - $307

Train  •  30 h

  1. Take the train from Houston Amtrak to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal Amtrak Sunset Limited
  2. Take the train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak City Of New Orleans

$180 - $517

Drive  •  19 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Houston to Chicago 1099.3 miles

$100 - $160

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Houston to Chicago is to bus which costs $100 - $160 and takes 26 h 5 min.

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The quickest way to get from Houston to Chicago is to fly which costs $100 - $850 and takes 4 h 40 min.

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The distance between Houston and Chicago is 947 miles. The road distance is 1099.3 miles.

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It takes approximately 4 h 40 min to get from Houston to Chicago, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Houston to Chicago. However, there are services departing from Houston, TX and arriving at Chicago via Dallas/Fort Worth Dart East. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 26 h 5 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Houston to Chicago station. However, there are services departing from Houston Amtrak and arriving at Chicago Union Station Amtrak via New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 30 h.

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What companies run services between Houston, TX, USA and Chicago, IL, USA?

Southwest Airlines flies from Houston to Chicago hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Houston to Chicago via Dallas/Forth Worth and Dallas/Fort Worth Dart East in around 26 h 5 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Chicago Midway via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Chicago Midway via Dallas
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Chicago Midway via New Orleans
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $850
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Houston to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Houston to Chicago O'Hare via New Orleans
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Houston to Chicago O'Hare via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Houston to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Chicago O'Hare via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Chicago O'Hare via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $550
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Houston to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
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 Longview Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
19 h 37 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $340
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$110 - $180
Flexi Coach Seat
$200 - $300
Business Coach Seat
$240 - $340
Room
$470 - $650
Train from Houston Amtrak to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal Amtrak
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $160
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $160
Business Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Room
$260 - $370
Train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
19 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $360
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$120 - $190
Flexi Coach Seat
$220 - $320
Business Coach Seat
$250 - $360
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 Houston, Tx to Longview, Tx
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$26 - $45
Flexible
$45 - $65
Bus from Houston, Tx to Dallas, Tx
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$28 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$28 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70
Bus from Dallas, Tx to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
21 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$95 - $240
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$95 - $160
Flexible
$180 - $240
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Houston, TX to Dallas/Forth Worth
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
us.megabus.com
Bus from Dallas/Fort Worth Dart East to Chicago
Ave. Duration
21 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Schedules at
us.megabus.com

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