There are 7 ways to get from Indianapolis to Carbondale by bus, train, car, plane, taxi or night bus

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Bus, train  •  6 h 7 min

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

$67 - $140

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Bus  •  9 h 16 min

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

$75 - $113

Train  •  11 h 16 min

  1. Take the train from Indianapolis Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Hoosier State / ...
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Carbondale Amtrak City Of New Orleans / ...

$68 - $148

Drive  •  4 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Indianapolis to Carbondale 264.5 miles

$25 - $40

Fly to Cape Girardeau, taxi  •  6 h 56 min

  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 Paducah, bus  •  7 h 34 min

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

$213 - $920

Fly to St. Louis, night bus  •  8 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Indianapolis (IND) to St. Louis (STL) IND - STL
  2. Take the night bus from St Louis, Mo to Carbondale

$186 - $909

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

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

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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 9 h 16 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Indianapolis to Carbondale. However, there are services departing from Indianapolis Amtrak and arriving at Carbondale Amtrak via Chicago Union Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 16 min.

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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 6 h 7 min and costs $65 - $140.

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It takes approximately 6 h 7 min 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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Indianapolis to Carbondale train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Indianapolis Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Indianapolis to Carbondale is to bus which takes 9 h 16 min and costs $75 - $120. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $65 - $150 and takes 11 h 16 min.

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Map of how to get from Indianapolis to Carbondale.
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  • Distance: 218.2 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 7 min

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 9 h 16 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Indianapolis to Carbondale via Chicago Union Station in around 11 h 16 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Indianapolis to Cape Girardeau via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Indianapolis to Cape Girardeau via Chicago O'Hare, Quincy
Ave. Duration
5 h 3 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Indianapolis to Paducah via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Indianapolis to Paducah via Toronto, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Indianapolis to St. Louis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Indianapolis to St. Louis via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Indianapolis to St. Louis via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Indianapolis to St. Louis via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Indianapolis to St. Louis via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Indianapolis to St. Louis via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Indianapolis to St. Louis via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Indianapolis to St. Louis via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Indianapolis to St. Louis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Indianapolis to St. Louis via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $950
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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Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Champaign-Urbana Amtrak to Carbondale Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
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
Train from Indianapolis Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $100
Room
$200 - $280
Train from Chicago Union Station to Carbondale Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 16 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $50
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
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
Bus from Indianapolis to Champaign-Urbana
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 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 Paducah, Ky to Carbondale
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$24 - $35
Night bus from St Louis, Mo to Carbondale
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$29 - $40
Other operators
Taxi from Cape Girardeau to Carbondale
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Estimated price
$140 - $180

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There is no direct flight from Indianapolis Airport to Cape Girardeau Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h 3 min 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 1 h behind Indianapolis. It is currently 1:32 AM in Indianapolis and 12:32 AM in Carbondale.

Indianapolis to Carbondale train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Carbondale Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Indianapolis to Carbondale is 264 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 27 min 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 27+ hotels available in Carbondale. Prices start at $50 USD per night.

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

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