There are 10 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  •  5 h 55 min

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

$148 - $562

Cheapest option

Fly Los Angeles to Chicago O'Hare  •  6 h 7 min

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

$68 - $303

8 alternative options

Train to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to Chicago Midway  •  6 h 36 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

Train to Santa Ana, fly to Chicago Midway  •  7 h 31 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 Midway (MDW) SNA - MDW

$197 - $749

Train to Santa Ana, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  8 h

  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

Train to San Diego, fly to Chicago Midway  •  8 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak
  2. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Chicago Midway (MDW) SAN - MDW

$207 - $631

Fly Los Angeles to Milwaukee, train  •  8 h 24 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

$193 - $599

Train  •  42 h 50 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

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles to Chicago is to fly which costs $65 - $310 and takes 6 h 7 min.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles to Chicago is to fly which costs $140 - $600 and takes 5 h 55 min.

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The distance between Los Angeles and Chicago is 1753 miles. The road distance is 2044.3 miles.

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It takes approximately 5 h 55 min to get from Los Angeles to Chicago, including transfers.

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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.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak station and arriving at Chicago Union Station Amtrak station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 42 h 50 min.

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Los Angeles to Chicago train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Chicago Union Station.

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Map of how to get from Los Angeles to Chicago.
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  • Distance: 1752.6 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 55 min

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 once daily. Tickets cost $270 - $850 and the journey takes 42 h 50 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Los Angeles to Chicago Midway via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Los Angeles to Chicago Midway via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Los Angeles to Chicago Midway via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Los Angeles to Chicago Midway via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
5 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
3 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,500
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Chicago Midway via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,500
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Chicago Midway via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,500
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Chicago Midway via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,500
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Chicago Midway via Dallas
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,500
Flights from Santa Ana to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,500
Flights from Santa Ana to Chicago Midway via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,500
Flights from Santa Ana to Chicago Midway via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 33 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,500
Flights from Santa Ana to Chicago Midway via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,500
Flights from San Diego to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Chicago Midway via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Chicago Midway via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Chicago Midway via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Chicago Midway via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Chicago Midway via Dallas
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Los Angeles to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $1,300
Flights from Los Angeles to Milwaukee via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $1,300
Flights from Los Angeles to Milwaukee via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $1,300
Flights from Los Angeles to Milwaukee via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,300
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Santa Ana to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Santa Ana to Chicago O'Hare via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Los Angeles to Milwaukee via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Flights from Los Angeles to Milwaukee via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 47 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 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Flights from Santa Ana to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Santa Ana to Chicago O'Hare via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Flights from Santa Ana to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Santa Ana to Chicago O'Hare via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Los Angeles to Milwaukee via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,200
Flights from Los Angeles to Milwaukee via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 48 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,200
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $480
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Ontario Amtrak
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
6 times a week
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
46 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 Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
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
42 h 50 min
Frequency
Once 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

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 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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