There are 7 ways to get from Mason City to Chicago by plane, car, bus or train

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 from Mason City  •  2 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Mason City (MCW) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) MCW - ORD

$100 - $242

Cheapest option

Bus Greyhound USA  •  13 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Mason City, IA to St. Paul 806
  2. Take the bus from St Paul, Mn to Chicago Amtrak, Il 4737

$98 - $182

5 alternative options

Drive to Waterloo, fly  •  3 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Mason City to Waterloo
  2. Fly from Waterloo (ALO) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) ALO - ORD

$130 - $666

Bus Burlington Trailways  •  10 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Mason City, IA to Des Moines, IA 103 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL 1202 / ...

$107 - $152

Bus, train  •  11 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Clear Lake Jct., IA to St. Paul 802
  2. Take the train from St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot to Chicago Union Station Empire Builder

$120 - $255

Bus, train via Mason City, IA  •  11 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from Mason City, IA to St. Paul 806
  2. Take the train from St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot to Chicago Union Station Empire Builder

$118 - $252

Drive  •  6 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Mason City to Chicago 387.6 miles

$35 - $55

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The cheapest way to get from Mason City to Chicago is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 6 h 31 min.

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The quickest way to get from Mason City to Chicago is to fly which costs $100 - $250 and takes 2 h 54 min.

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The distance between Mason City and Chicago is 299 miles. The road distance is 387.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Mason City to Chicago without a car is to bus which takes 10 h 11 min and costs $100 - $160.

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It takes approximately 2 h 54 min to get from Mason City to Chicago, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Mason City to Chicago is to fly which takes 2 h 54 min and costs $100 - $250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $100 - $160 and takes 10 h 11 min.

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The quickest flight from Mason City Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 55 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Mason City to Chicago is 388 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 31 min to drive from Mason City to Chicago.

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  • Distance: 298.9 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 54 min

What companies run services between Mason City, IA, USA and Chicago, IL, USA?

Air Choice One flies from Mason City to Chicago twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Mason City to Chicago via Mason City, IA and Des Moines, IA in around 10 h 11 min.

Airlines
Air Choice One
Website
airchoiceone.com
Flights from Mason City to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Waterloo to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$65 - $180
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Business Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Room
$280 - $400
Bus operators
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Mason City, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Clear Lake Jct., IA to St. Paul
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Mason City, IA to St. Paul
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from St Paul, Mn to Chicago Amtrak, Il
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$45 - $75
Flexible
$85 - $110

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