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There are 10 ways to get from Manhattan to Chicago by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly New York La Guardia to Chicago Midway  •  4h 18m

  1. Fly from New York La Guardia (LGA) to Chicago Midway (MDW) LGA - MDW

$127 - $2,515

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Train to White Plains, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  6h 43m

  1. Take the train from Harlem-125th St. to White Plains
  2. Fly from White Plains (HPN) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) HPN - ORD

$44 - $297

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Train to Newark, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  4h 48m

  1. Take the train from New York Penn Station to Newark Airport Railroad Station
  2. Fly from Newark (EWR) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) EWR - ORD

$53 - $166

Fly New York La Guardia to Chicago O'Hare  •  4h 46m

  1. Fly from New York La Guardia (LGA) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) LGA - ORD

$47 - $165

Fly New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare  •  5h 10m

  1. Fly from New York JFK (JFK) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) JFK - ORD

$88 - $236

Bus to Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  7h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Franklin & Varick to Lehigh Valley International Airport Trans Bridge Bus Stop
  2. Fly from Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton (ABE) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) ABE - ORD

$80 - $478

Bus  •  14h 10m

  1. Take the bus from New York to Chicago, IL

$130 - $167

Bus via Grand St  •  16h 24m

  1. Take the bus from New York, NY - 3 Allen St to Chicago Nyc

$53 - $103

Train  •  19h 10m

  1. Take the train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to Chicago Union Station Lake Shore Limited

$95 - $140

Drive  •  13h 6m

  1. Drive from Manhattan to Chicago 797 miles

$75 - $120

Manhattan to Chicago by train

The train journey time between Manhattan and Chicago is around 19h 10m and covers a distance of around 962 miles. The fastest train normally takes 19h 10m. Operated by Amtrak, the Manhattan to Chicago train service departs from New York Moynihan Train Hall and arrives in Chicago Union Station. Typically three trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Manhattan to Chicago train schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Manhattan to Chicago is to drive which costs $75 - $120 and takes 13h 6m.

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The fastest way to get from Manhattan to Chicago is to fly. Taking this option will cost $120 - $2,600 and takes 4h 18m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from New York Moynihan Train Hall and arriving at Chicago Union Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 19h 10m.

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The distance between Manhattan and Chicago is 716 miles. The road distance is 797 miles.

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The best way to get from Manhattan to Chicago without a car is to bus which takes 14h 10m and costs $130 - $170.

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It takes approximately 4h 18m to get from Manhattan to Chicago, including transfers.

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Manhattan to Chicago train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from New York Moynihan Train Hall station.

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The best way to get from Manhattan to Chicago is to fly which takes 4h 18m and costs $120 - $2,600. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $130 - $170 and takes 14h 10m, you could also train, which costs $95 - $140 and takes 19h 10m.

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The quickest flight from New York La Guardia Airport to Chicago Midway Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 15m.

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Chicago is 1h behind Manhattan. It is currently 10:10 PM in Manhattan and 9:10 PM in Chicago.

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  • Distance: 716.2 miles
  • Duration: 4h 18m

What companies run services between Manhattan, NY, USA and Chicago, IL, USA?

Southwest Airlines and Delta fly from Manhattan to Chicago every 4 hours. Alternatively, D&W Bus operates a bus from New York to Chicago, IL 3 times a week. Tickets cost $90 - $120 and the journey takes 14h.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $380
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $240
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $250
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $250
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $280
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $280
Flights from White Plains to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $270
Flights from White Plains to Chicago O'Hare via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $340
Flights from Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $420
Flights from Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton to Chicago O'Hare via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $550
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $290
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $220
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
4h 36m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare via Cleveland
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
5h 4m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare via Covington
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5h 18m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare via Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
5h 21m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Flights from White Plains to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $310
Flights from White Plains to Chicago O'Hare via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
5h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $310
Flights from White Plains to Chicago O'Hare via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $480
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $230
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare via Cleveland
Ave. Duration
4h 3m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $230
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $230
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $230
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare via Buffalo
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$70 - $230
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare via Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $230
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 37m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $230
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $260
Flights from White Plains to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Flights from Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton to Chicago O'Hare via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
5h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $280
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago Midway via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$60 - $280
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago Midway via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $280
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago Midway via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 26m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $280
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago Midway via Nashville
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$60 - $280
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $290
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $220
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $430
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare via Boston
Ave. Duration
4h 57m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $430
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Train operators
NJ Transit
Phone
+1 973-491-7000
Website
njtransit.com
Train from New York Penn Station to Newark Airport Railroad Station
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
njtransit.com
Metro-North Railroad (MNR)
Phone
+1 877-690-5116
Website
mta.info
Train from Harlem-125th St. to White Plains
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $20
Schedules at
mta.info
At Station Off-Peak
$8 - $11
Onboard Off-Peak
$16
At Station Peak
$11 - $14
Onboard-Peak
$18 - $20
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 New York Moynihan Train Hall to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
19h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Premium
$320 - $440
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $290
Business Seat
$210 - $300
Bus operators
Trans-bridge Lines
Phone
+1 610-868-6001
Email
webmaster@transbridgelines.com
Website
transbridgelines.com
Bus from Franklin & Varick to Lehigh Valley International Airport Trans Bridge Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
transbridgelines.com
D&W Bus
Website
gotobus.com
Bus from New York to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
14h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$90 - $120
Schedules at
gotobus.com
Book at
gotobus.com
Wanda Coach
Phone
646-630-7186
Email
help@wandacoach.com
Website
wandacoach.com
Bus from New York, NY - 3 Allen St to Chicago
Ave. Duration
15h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$50 - $100
Book at
GoTo Bus

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

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