There are 7 ways to get from Merrillville to Bloomington by bus, train, night bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus, train  •  4 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Merrillville, IN to Chicago, IL Louisville / ...
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Bloomington-Normal Amtrak Lincoln Service / ...

$30 - $211

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Bus  •  6 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Merrillville, IN to Chicago, IL Louisville / ...
  2. Take the bus from Terminal 2 O'Hare Intl Airport to Uptown Station Southbound

$45 - $67

Bus, night bus  •  4 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Gary, In to Chicago, Il 1607 / ...
  2. Take the night bus from Chicago, Il to Bloomington Pilot Sta 4821

$39 - $79

Drive  •  2 h 26 min

  1. Drive from Merrillville to Bloomington 143.1 miles

$14 - $21

Bus, train, fly to Bloomington  •  4 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Merrillville, IN to Gary, IN
  2. Take the train from Gary Metro Center to Van Buren St.
  3. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Bloomington (BMI) ORD - BMI

$115 - $497

Bus, train, fly to Peoria  •  6 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Merrillville, IN to Gary, IN
  2. Take the train from Gary Metro Center to Van Buren St.
  3. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Peoria (PIA) ORD - PIA
  4. Take the bus from Peoria, Bradley University to Uptown Station

$215 - $489

Train, fly to Champaign, bus  •  6 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Gary Metro Center to Van Buren St.
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Champaign (CMI) ORD - CMI
  3. Take the bus from Champaign, IL to Bloomington/Normal, IL

$173 - $519

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The cheapest way to get from Merrillville to Bloomington is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 2 h 26 min.

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The quickest way to get from Merrillville to Bloomington is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 2 h 26 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Merrillville to Bloomington. However, there are services departing from Merrillville, IN and arriving at Bloomington Pilot Sta via Gary, In and Chicago, Il. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 46 min.

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The distance between Merrillville and Bloomington is 111 miles. The road distance is 143.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Merrillville to Bloomington without a car is to bus and train which takes 4 h 53 min and costs $30 - $220.

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It takes approximately 4 h 53 min to get from Merrillville to Bloomington, including transfers.

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Merrillville to Bloomington bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Gary, In station.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Bloomington Airport is the direct flight which takes 44 min.

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Map of how to get from Merrillville to Bloomington.
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  • Distance: 111.4 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 53 min

What companies run services between Merrillville, IN, USA and Bloomington, IL, USA?

You can take a bus from Merrillville to Bloomington via Chicago, IL, Clinton-Blue, O'Hare, Terminal 2 O'Hare Intl Airport, and Uptown Station in around 6 h 6 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Bloomington
Ave. Duration
48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Peoria
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Champaign
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Peoria
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Champaign
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
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 Chicago Union Station to Bloomington-Normal Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $190
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$14 - $21
Business Seat
$28
Roomette
$183
Bedroom
$330 - $350
South Shore Line
Phone
+1 219-926-5744
Website
nictd.com
Train from Gary Metro Center to Van Buren St.
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $8
Schedules at
nictd.com
Bus operators
Hoosier Ride
Phone
800-544-2383
Website
hoosierride.com
Bus from Merrillville, IN to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $21
Book at
hoosierride.com
Bus from Merrillville, IN to Gary, IN
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Book at
hoosierride.com
Peoria Charter Coach Company
Website
peoriacharter.com
Bus from Terminal 2 O'Hare Intl Airport to Uptown Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
peoriacharter.com
Bus from Peoria, Bradley University to Uptown Station
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $18
Schedules at
peoriacharter.com
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 Gary, In to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $21
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $14
Flexible
$16 - $21
Night bus from Chicago, Il to Bloomington Pilot Sta
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $29
Flexible
$35 - $45
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