There are 9 ways to get from Los Angeles to Chicago by plane, train, bus 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 Los Angeles to Chicago Midway  •  6 h 9 min

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Chicago Midway (MDW) LAX - MDW

$151 - $564

Cheapest option

Fly Los Angeles to Chicago O'Hare  •  6 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) LAX - ORD

$71 - $305

7 alternative options

Train to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to Chicago Midway  •  6 h 41 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Ontario Amtrak
  2. Fly from Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) to Chicago Midway (MDW) ONT - MDW

$227 - $798

Fly Burbank to Chicago Midway  •  7 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to Chicago Midway (MDW) BUR - MDW

$209 - $763

Train to Santa Ana, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  7 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak
  2. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) SNA - ORD

$157 - $530

Fly Los Angeles to Milwaukee, train  •  8 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Milwaukee (MKE) LAX - MKE
  2. Take the train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak

$196 - $601

Train  •  43 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak Southwest Chief

$270 - $850

Bus  •  2 days 4 h

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Chicago, Il 1364

$200 - $550

Drive  •  31 h 36 min

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to Chicago 2044.3 miles

$200 - $290

What companies run services between Los Angeles, CA, USA and Chicago, IL, USA?

Southwest Airlines and Delta fly from Los Angeles to Chicago hourly. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Los Angeles to Chicago twice daily. Tickets cost $270 - $850 and the journey takes 43 h 5 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
3 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Los Angeles to Chicago Midway via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 38 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Los Angeles to Chicago Midway via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
5 h 32 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Los Angeles to Chicago Midway via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 38 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Los Angeles to Chicago Midway via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Los Angeles to Chicago Midway via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,500
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Chicago Midway via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
When
Monday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,500
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Chicago Midway via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,500
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Chicago Midway via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,500
Flights from Burbank to Chicago Midway via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Burbank to Chicago Midway via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 58 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Burbank to Chicago Midway via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Burbank to Chicago Midway via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Burbank to Chicago Midway via Oakland
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Burbank to Chicago Midway via San Jose
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Los Angeles to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $1,300
Flights from Los Angeles to Milwaukee via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $1,300
Flights from Los Angeles to Milwaukee via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 36 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,300
Flights from Los Angeles to Milwaukee via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 57 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,300
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Santa Ana to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Santa Ana to Chicago O'Hare via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Los Angeles to Milwaukee via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Flights from Los Angeles to Milwaukee via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Flights from Santa Ana to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Santa Ana to Chicago O'Hare via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Los Angeles to Milwaukee via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $1,200
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Flights from Santa Ana to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Santa Ana to Chicago O'Hare via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 54 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Santa Ana to Chicago O'Hare via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 58 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Los Angeles to Milwaukee via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,200
Flights from Los Angeles to Milwaukee via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,200
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $480
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Ontario Amtrak
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
43 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$270 - $410
Flexi Coach Seat
$480 - $700
Business Coach Seat
$550 - $850
Room
$1,000 - $1,500
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
2 days 4 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$200 - $330
Flexible
$390 - $550

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Los Angeles and Chicago is 2804 km. The road distance is 3271 km.

The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles to Chicago is to fly which costs $70 - $310 and takes 6 h 23 min.

The quickest way to get from Los Angeles to Chicago is to fly which takes 6 h 9 min and costs $150 - $600.

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak and arriving at Chicago Union Station Amtrak. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 43 h 5 min.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Los Angeles, Ca and arriving at Chicago, Il. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 days 4 h.

It takes approximately 6 h 9 min to get from Los Angeles to Chicago, including transfers.