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There are 9 ways to get from Minnesota to Chicago by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly Rochester to Chicago O'Hare  •  3h 21m

  1. Fly from Rochester (RST) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) RST - ORD

$159 - $715

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Bus Megabus  •  8h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Minneapolis, MN to Chicago

$35 - $55

7 alternative options

Line 538 bus to Minneapolis, fly to Chicago Midway  •  3h 26m

  1. Take the line 538 bus from Garfield Ave S & 86th St W to 82nd St E & 28th Ave S
  2. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to Chicago Midway (MDW) MSP - MDW

$66 - $280

Line 538 bus to Minneapolis, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  3h 43m

  1. Take the line 538 bus from Garfield Ave S & 86th St W to 82nd St E & 28th Ave S
  2. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) MSP - ORD

$46 - $211

Fly Duluth to Chicago O'Hare  •  4h 14m

  1. Fly from Duluth (DLH) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) DLH - ORD

$94 - $316

Bus to La Crosse, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  4h 38m

  1. Take the bus from Rochester, MN to La Crosse, WI
  2. Fly from La Crosse (LSE) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) LSE - ORD

$186 - $701

Train  •  9h 35m

  1. Take the train from St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot to Chicago Union Station Empire Builder

$67 - $183

Bus Greyhound USA  •  10h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Minneapolis, Mn to Chicago Amtrak, Il 4737

$47 - $123

Drive  •  6h 52m

  1. Drive from Minneapolis to Chicago 411.4 miles

$40 - $60

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The cheapest way to get from Minnesota to Chicago is to bus which costs $35 - $55 and takes 8h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Minnesota to Chicago is to fly which costs $150 - $750 and takes 3h 21m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Minneapolis, MN and arriving at Chicago. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8h 50m.

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The distance between Minnesota and Chicago is 451 miles. The road distance is 411.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Minnesota to Chicago without a car is to bus which takes 8h 50m and costs $35 - $55.

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It takes approximately 3h 21m to get from Minnesota to Chicago, including transfers.

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Minnesota to Chicago bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Minneapolis, MN station.

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The best way to get from Minnesota to Chicago is to fly which takes 3h 21m and costs $150 - $750. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $35 - $55 and takes 8h 50m, you could also train, which costs $65 - $190 and takes 9h 35m.

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The quickest flight from Rochester Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 18m.

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Minnesota to Chicago bus services, operated by Megabus, arrive at Chicago station.

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Map of how to get from Minnesota to Chicago.
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  • Distance: 451.3 miles
  • Duration: 3h 21m

What companies run services between Minnesota, USA and Chicago, IL, USA?

American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Rochester to Chicago every 4 hours. Alternatively, Megabus operates a bus from Minneapolis to Chicago 4 times a day. Tickets cost $35 - $55 and the journey takes 8h 50m.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Minneapolis to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Minneapolis to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $420
Flights from Duluth to Chicago O'Hare via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
3h 41m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Minneapolis to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Rochester to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $750
Flights from Minneapolis to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $350
Flights from La Crosse to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $850
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Rochester to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Minneapolis to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $400
Flights from Duluth to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $310
Air Choice One
Website
airchoiceone.com
Flights from Minneapolis to Chicago O'Hare via Mason City
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $420
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 St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
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
Metro Transit
Phone
+1 612-373-3333
Website
metrotransit.org
Bus from Garfield Ave S & 86th St W to 82nd St E & 28th Ave S
Ave. Duration
11m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
metrotransit.org
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Rochester, MN to La Crosse, WI
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Book at
jeffersonlines.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 Minneapolis, Mn to Chicago Amtrak, Il
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$45 - $75
Flexible
$85 - $120

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Yes, the driving distance between Minnesota to Chicago is 411 miles. It takes approximately 6h 52m to drive from Minnesota to Chicago.

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United Airlines and American Airlines offer flights from Rochester Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport.

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There are 763+ hotels available in Chicago. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Minnesota to Rochester Airport is to shuttle which takes 15m and costs $7 - $11.

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