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There are 11 ways to get from New Jersey to Chicago by plane, train, subway, bus or car

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Fly Newark to Chicago O'Hare  •  4h 21m

  1. Fly from Newark (EWR) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) EWR - ORD

$63 - $279

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Bus via New York Penn Station  •  16h 47m

  1. Take the bus from New York, NY - 3 Allen St to Chicago Nyc

$56 - $110

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Train, subway to New York La Guardia, fly to Chicago Midway  •  4h 58m

  1. Take the train from Journal Square to 9th Street
  2. Take the subway from W 4 St-Wash Sq to Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av
  3. Fly from New York La Guardia (LGA) to Chicago Midway (MDW) LGA - MDW

$140 - $768

Train, subway to New York La Guardia, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  5h 15m

  1. Take the train from Journal Square to 9th Street
  2. Take the subway from W 4 St-Wash Sq to Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av
  3. Fly from New York La Guardia (LGA) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) LGA - ORD

$70 - $268

Train to Philadelphia, fly to Chicago Midway  •  5h 3m

  1. Take the train from Trenton Amtrak Station to Philadelphia
  2. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Chicago Midway (MDW) PHL - MDW

$205 - $1,074

Train to Philadelphia, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  5h 20m

  1. Take the train from Trenton Amtrak Station to Philadelphia
  2. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) PHL - ORD

$95 - $414

Subway to New York JFK, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  5h 50m

  1. Take the subway from Fulton St to Howard Beach-JFK Airport
  2. Fly from New York JFK (JFK) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) JFK - ORD

$103 - $429

Bus  •  14h 16m

  1. Take the bus from New York to Chicago, IL

$152 - $194

Train via New York Moynihan Train Hall  •  20h 29m

  1. Take the train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to Chicago Union Station Lake Shore Limited

$116 - $195

Train  •  27h 55m

  1. Take the train from Newark to Chicago Union Station Cardinal

$110 - $160

Drive  •  12h 51m

  1. Drive from Newark to Chicago 783.2 miles

$75 - $120

New Jersey to Chicago by train, walk, subway and bus

The journey time between New Jersey and Chicago is around 15h 48m and covers a distance of around 807 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 15h 41m. Operated by NJ Transit, MTA and Wanda Coach, the New Jersey to Chicago service departs from Newark Penn Station and arrives in Chicago. Typically four services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
15h 48m
Fastest journey time:
15h 41m
Services per week:
4
Cheapest price:
$56
Carbon emissions:
159 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
20:22
Last service departs at:
20:49

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

New Jersey to Chicago train, walk, subway and bus schedules

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The most affordable way to get from New Jersey to Chicago is to drive, which costs $75 - $120 and takes 12h 51m.

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The quickest way to get from New Jersey to Chicago is to fly which costs $60 - $280 and takes 4h 21m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Newark and arriving at Chicago Union Station station. Services depart six times a week, and operate Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 27h 55m.

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The distance between New Jersey and Chicago is 704 miles. The road distance is 783.2 miles.

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The best way to get from New Jersey to Chicago without a car is to bus which takes 14h 16m and costs $150 - $200.

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It takes approximately 4h 21m to get from New Jersey to Chicago, including transfers.

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New Jersey to Chicago train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from New York Moynihan Train Hall station.

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The best way to get from New Jersey to Chicago is to fly which takes 4h 21m and costs $60 - $280. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $150 - $200 and takes 14h 16m, you could also train via New York Moynihan Train Hall, which costs $110 - $200 and takes 20h 29m.

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The quickest flight from Newark Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 20m.

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Chicago is 1h behind New Jersey. It is currently 1:35 PM in New Jersey and 12:35 PM in Chicago.

Map of how to get from New Jersey to Chicago.
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  • Distance: 704.3 miles
  • Duration: 4h 21m

What companies run services between New Jersey, USA and Chicago, IL, USA?

American Airlines, United Airlines and two other airlines fly from Elizabeth to Chicago every 30 minutes. Alternatively, D&W Bus operates a bus from New York to Chicago, IL 3 times a week. Tickets cost $90 - $120 and the journey takes 14h.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $410
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago O'Hare via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
4h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare via Toronto
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare via Richmond
Ave. Duration
5h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare via Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare via Boston
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $390
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $390
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare via Rochester
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $390
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $390
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare via Buffalo
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $390
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago O'Hare via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $800
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
2h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $300
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago Midway via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$95 - $300
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago Midway via Nashville
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $300
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $410
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago Midway via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $460
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago Midway via Nashville
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $460
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $440
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $320
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago Midway via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $310
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare via Boston
Ave. Duration
5h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $340
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $410
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare via Boston
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $390
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare via Toronto
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $450
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago O'Hare via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $800
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $360
Train operators
PATH
Phone
+1 800 234-7284
Website
panynj.gov
Train from Journal Square to 9th Street
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
panynj.gov
MTA

The New York City Subway consists of 27 underground lines that serve Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. Lines are identified by a number or letter as well as a colour. Subway passes (called MetroCards) are available for purchase from ticket machines and desks in subway stations (choose from Pay-Per-Ride or 7/30-Day Unlimited), and a new contactless payment system called OMNY is currently being rolled out. The subway runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Contact Details
Website
mta.info
Subway from W 4 St-Wash Sq to Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Website
mta.info
Subway from Fulton St to Howard Beach-JFK Airport
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Website
mta.info
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 Trenton Amtrak Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$28 - $40
Train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
19h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Premium
$320 - $440
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $290
Business Seat
$210 - $300
Train from Newark to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
27h 55m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$110 - $160
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Premium
$350 - $480
Flexi Coach Seat
$220 - $330
Business Seat
$240 - $340
Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service serves the US’ busy northeast corridor from Virginia to Massachusetts; major stops include Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a quiet car, cafe and business-class seating, and travelling with a small dog or cat is permitted. Book at least 14 days in advance for a cheaper Saver Fare.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Trenton Amtrak Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$35 - $65
Business Class Seat
$55 - $110
SEPTA
Phone
+1 215-580-7800
Website
septa.org
Train from Trenton to 30th Street Train Station
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Website
septa.org
Bus operators
D&W Bus
Website
gotobus.com
Bus from New York to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
14h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$90 - $120
Schedules at
gotobus.com
Book at
gotobus.com
Wanda Coach
Phone
646-630-7186
Email
help@wandacoach.com
Website
wandacoach.com
Bus from New York, NY - 3 Allen St to Chicago
Ave. Duration
15h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$50 - $100
Book at
GoTo Bus

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

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Yes, the driving distance between New Jersey to Chicago is 783 miles. It takes approximately 12h 51m to drive from New Jersey to Chicago.

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Air Canada, American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Newark Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport.

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