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There are 6 ways to get from Indianapolis to Carbondale by bus, train, car, plane or taxi

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Bus, train  •  5h 52m

  1. Take the bus from Indianapolis, IN to Champaign, IL 1401 / ...
  2. Take the train from Champaign-Urbana Amtrak Station to Carbondale Amtrak Station City Of New Orleans / ...

$62 - $133

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Bus  •  9h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Indianapolis, IN to Paducah, KY Indianapolis
  2. Take the bus from Paducah, Ky to Carbondale 4700 / ...

$75 - $113

Drive  •  4h 27m

  1. Drive from Indianapolis to Carbondale 264.5 miles

$25 - $40

Fly to Cape Girardeau, taxi  •  6h 48m

  1. Fly from Indianapolis (IND) to Cape Girardeau (CGI) IND - CGI
  2. Take a taxi from Cape Girardeau to Carbondale

$312 - $1,032

Fly to St. Louis, Amtrak Thruway  •  8h 34m

  1. Fly from Indianapolis (IND) to St. Louis (STL) IND - STL
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from St. Louis, MO - Amtrak to Carbondale,IL - Amtrak

Fly to Paducah, bus  •  8h 10m

  1. Fly from Indianapolis (IND) to Paducah (PAH) IND - PAH
  2. Take the bus from Paducah, Ky to Carbondale

$213 - $920

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The cheapest way to get from Indianapolis to Carbondale is to drive which costs $25 - $40 and takes 4h 27m.

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The quickest way to get from Indianapolis to Carbondale is to drive which costs $25 - $40 and takes 4h 27m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Indianapolis to Carbondale. However, there are services departing from Indianapolis, IN and arriving at Carbondale via Paducah, Ky. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 50m.

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The distance between Indianapolis and Carbondale is 218 miles. The road distance is 264.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Indianapolis to Carbondale without a car is to bus and train which takes 5h 52m and costs $60 - $140.

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It takes approximately 5h 52m to get from Indianapolis to Carbondale, including transfers.

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Indianapolis to Carbondale bus services, operated by Hoosier Ride, depart from Indianapolis, IN station.

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There is no direct flight from Indianapolis Airport to Cape Girardeau Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 51m and has one stopover.

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Indianapolis to Carbondale bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Carbondale station.

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Carbondale is 1h behind Indianapolis. It is currently 5:46 PM in Indianapolis and 4:46 PM in Carbondale.

Map of how to get from Indianapolis to Carbondale.
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  • Distance: 218.2 miles
  • Duration: 5h 52m

What companies run services between Indianapolis, IN, USA and Carbondale, IL, USA?

You can take a bus from Indianapolis to Carbondale via Paducah, KY and Paducah, Ky in around 9h 50m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Indianapolis to Cape Girardeau via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Indianapolis to Cape Girardeau via Chicago O'Hare, Paducah
Ave. Duration
5h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Indianapolis to St. Louis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Indianapolis to St. Louis via Toronto
Ave. Duration
4h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Indianapolis to St. Louis via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4h 54m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Indianapolis to Paducah via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Indianapolis to Paducah via Chicago O'Hare, Cape Girardeau
Ave. Duration
4h 58m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Indianapolis to St. Louis via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Indianapolis to St. Louis via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Indianapolis to St. Louis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Indianapolis to St. Louis via Toronto
Ave. Duration
4h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Indianapolis to St. Louis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Indianapolis to St. Louis via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 16m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Indianapolis to St. Louis via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Indianapolis to St. Louis via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
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 Champaign-Urbana Amtrak Station to Carbondale Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Business Coach Seat
$65 - $95
Room
$190 - $270
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
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 Paducah, Ky to Carbondale
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$24 - $35
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 St. Louis, MO - Amtrak to Carbondale,IL - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Other operators
Taxi from Cape Girardeau to Carbondale
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Estimated price
$140 - $180

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More Questions & Answers

Yes, the driving distance between Indianapolis to Carbondale is 264 miles. It takes approximately 4h 27m to drive from Indianapolis to Carbondale.

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Indianapolis Airport to Cape Girardeau Airport.

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There are 25+ hotels available in Carbondale. Prices start at $49 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Indianapolis to Indianapolis Airport is to line 8 bus which takes 39m and costs $2.

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