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There are 6 ways to get from Memphis to Chicago by plane, train, bus, night bus or car

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Fly to Chicago Midway  •  3h 40m

  1. Fly from Memphis (MEM) to Chicago Midway (MDW) MEM - MDW

$114 - $606

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Bus  •  13h 6m

  1. Take the bus from Memphis, TN to Chicago, IL

$42 - $72

4 alternative options

Fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  4h 19m

  1. Fly from Memphis (MEM) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) MEM - ORD

$104 - $427

Train  •  10h 35m

  1. Take the train from Memphis Central Station to Chicago Union Station City Of New Orleans

$75 - $220

Night bus  •  9h 30m

  1. Take the night bus from Memphis, Tn to Chicago, Il 1214

$50 - $140

Drive  •  8h 40m

  1. Drive from Memphis to Chicago 535.2 miles

$50 - $80

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The cheapest way to get from Memphis to Chicago is to bus which costs $40 - $75 and takes 13h 6m.

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The quickest way to get from Memphis to Chicago is to fly which costs $110 - $650 and takes 3h 40m.

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from Memphis, Tn and arriving at Chicago, Il. This bus operates every day. The journey takes approximately 9h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Memphis Central Station station and arriving at Chicago Union Station station. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 10h 35m.

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The distance between Memphis and Chicago is 486 miles. The road distance is 535.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Memphis to Chicago without a car is to train which takes 10h 35m and costs $75 - $220.

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It takes approximately 3h 40m to get from Memphis to Chicago, including transfers.

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Memphis to Chicago bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Memphis, Tn station.

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Memphis to Chicago train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Memphis Central Station.

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The best way to get from Memphis to Chicago is to fly which takes 3h 40m and costs $110 - $650. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $75 - $220 and takes 10h 35m, you could also bus, which costs $40 - $75 and takes 13h 6m.

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Map of how to get from Memphis to Chicago.
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  • Distance: 485.6 miles
  • Duration: 3h 40m

What companies run services between Memphis, TN, USA and Chicago, IL, USA?

Southwest Airlines flies from Memphis to Chicago twice daily. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Memphis to Chicago twice daily. Tickets cost $75 - $220 and the journey takes 10h 35m.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Memphis to Chicago O'Hare via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Flights from Memphis to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 31m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Memphis to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Memphis to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Memphis to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $600
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Memphis Central Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
10h 35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$75 - $220
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$75 - $120
Flexi Coach Seat
$130 - $200
Business Coach Seat
$150 - $220
Room
$330 - $460
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
Night bus from Memphis, Tn to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$50 - $90
Flexible
$100 - $140

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The quickest flight from Memphis Airport to Chicago Midway Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 30m.

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Memphis to Chicago bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Chicago, Il station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Memphis to Chicago is 535 miles. It takes approximately 8h 40m to drive from Memphis to Chicago.

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Memphis Airport to Chicago Midway Airport.

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There are 776+ hotels available in Chicago. Prices start at $72 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Memphis to Memphis Airport is to line 280 bus which takes 23m and costs $2.

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