There are 5 ways to get from Memphis to Chicago by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Chicago Midway  •  3 h 40 min

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

$114 - $606

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Bus  •  11 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Memphis, TN to Chicago, IL 1214

$40 - $150

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Fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  4 h 11 min

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

$104 - $427

Train  •  10 h 35 min

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

$75 - $220

Drive  •  8 h 40 min

  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 - $150 and takes 11 h 15 min.

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

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Memphis, TN and arriving at Chicago, IL. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 11 h 15 min.

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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 once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 10 h 35 min.

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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 10 h 35 min and costs $75 - $220.

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

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Memphis to Chicago bus services, operated by Megabus, 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 3 h 40 min and costs $110 - $650. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $75 - $220 and takes 10 h 35 min, you could also bus, which costs $40 - $150 and takes 11 h 15 min.

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

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 once daily. Tickets cost $75 - $220 and the journey takes 10 h 35 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Memphis to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Memphis to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Memphis to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Memphis to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 19 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Flights from Memphis to Chicago O'Hare via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $650
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 Memphis Central Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
10 h 35 min
Frequency
Once 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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Memphis, Tn to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$55 - $95
Flexible
$110 - $150

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

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Memphis to Chicago bus services, operated by Megabus, 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 8 h 40 min 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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Book your Memphis to Chicago bus tickets online with Greyhound.

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

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