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There are 10 ways to get from New York to Chicago by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly New York La Guardia to Chicago Midway

  1. Fly from New York La Guardia (LGA) to Chicago Midway (MDW)

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Fly New York La Guardia to Chicago O'Hare

  1. Fly from New York La Guardia (LGA) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD)

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Fly Newark to Chicago O'Hare

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

Fly New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare

  1. Fly from New York JFK (JFK) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD)

Train to Philadelphia, fly to Chicago Midway

  1. Take the train from NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station to Philadelphia
  2. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Chicago Midway (MDW)

Train to White Plains, fly to Chicago O'Hare

  1. Take the train from Grand Central Terminal to White Plains
  2. Fly from White Plains (HPN) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD)

Bus

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

Train

  1. Take the train from NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station to Chicago Union Station

Bus via Baltimore

  1. Take the bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY to Baltimore Downtown Bus Terminal, Baltimore, MD
  2. Take the bus from Baltimore Downtown to Chicago

Drive

  1. Drive from New York to Chicago
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Last updated: 21 Jun 2022
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The cheapest way to get from New York to Chicago is to drive which costs $75 - $120 and takes 13h 6m.

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The fastest way to get from New York to Chicago is to fly. Taking this option will cost $110 - $490 and takes 4h 33m.

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No, there is no direct bus from New York to Chicago. However, there are services departing from New York and arriving at Chicago IL via Lafayette Rd & 37th St and Indianapolis IN. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15h 55m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station station and arriving at Chicago Union Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 19h 10m.

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The distance between New York and Chicago is 715 miles. The road distance is 794 miles.

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The best way to get from New York to Chicago without a car is to bus which takes 15h 55m and costs $140 - $200.

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It takes approximately 4h 33m to get from New York to Chicago, including transfers.

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New York to Chicago bus services, operated by Indiana Travel Express, depart from New York station.

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New York to Chicago train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station.

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The best way to get from New York to Chicago is to fly which takes 4h 33m and costs $110 - $490. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $140 - $200 and takes 15h 55m, you could also train, which costs $95 - $140 and takes 19h 10m.

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Map of how to get from New York to Chicago.
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  • Distance: 715.3 miles
  • Duration: 4h 33m

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

Southwest Airlines and Delta fly from New York to Chicago hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from New York to Chicago via Indianapolis, IN, Lafayette Rd & 37th St, Ctc-R, and Indianapolis IN in around 15h 55m.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $490
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare via Columbus
Ave. Duration
4h 21m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare via Cleveland
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
5h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare via Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
5h 16m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from White Plains to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from White Plains to Chicago O'Hare via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
5h 1m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from White Plains to Chicago O'Hare via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare via Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $420
Flights from White Plains to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
2h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $600
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago Midway via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
5h 6m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $600
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago Midway via Nashville
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $600
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago Midway via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $600
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
2h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $400
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago Midway via Nashville
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $400
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago Midway via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $400
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $490
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $390
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago Midway via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 21m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $450
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $310
Flights from New York La Guardia to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $320
Flights from New York JFK to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $320
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $440
Flights from White Plains to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $390
Flights from White Plains to Chicago O'Hare via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 33m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $450
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare via Toronto
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $390
Flights from Newark to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $350
Train operators
Amtrak Acela

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
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $140
Website
Amtrak Acela
Business Seat - Child 2-12
$22 - $70
Business Seat - Seniors and Active Military
$35 - $120
Business Seat - Adult
$40 - $140
First Class - Child 2-12
$65 - $120
First Class - Senior Citizens and Active Military
$120 - $210
First Class - Adult
$140 - $230
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
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
Amtrak
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
Train from NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
19h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Website
Amtrak
Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Premium
$320 - $440
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $290
Business Seat
$210 - $300
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
+1 800-523-6590
Website
amtrak.com
Train from NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $90
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Book at
amtrak.com
Child 2-12 with paid adult
$15 - $45
Reserved Coach Seat
$28 - $90
Business Class Seat
$45 - $120
MTA Bus Company
Website
mta.info
Train from Grand Central Terminal to White Plains
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Schedules at
new.mta.info
Bus operators
Indiana Travel Express
Bus from New York to Indianapolis, IN
Ave. Duration
11h 15m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$130
Schedules at
gotobus.com
Book at
gotobus.com
Palmland Bus Lines
Website
palmlandlines.com
Bus from Indianapolis IN to Chicago IL
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Schedules at
palmlandlines.com
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Indianapolis to Chicago
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $55
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Adult Standard Purchase
$20 - $55
Adult Advance Purchase
$15 - $21
OurBus
Phone
+1 844-800-6828
Email
pr@ourbus.com
Website
ourbus.com
Bus from Indianapolis, IN to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $35
Book at
ourbus.com
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Phone
1-800-343-9999
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY to Baltimore Downtown Bus Terminal, Baltimore, MD
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
peterpanbus.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 New York to Baltimore Downtown
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $70
Bus from Baltimore Downtown to Chicago
Ave. Duration
18h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$80 - $110
Flexible
$120 - $170

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The quickest flight from New York La Guardia Airport to Chicago Midway Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 15m.

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New York to Chicago bus services, operated by Palmland Bus Lines, arrive at Chicago IL station.

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Chicago is 1h behind New York. It is currently 4:39 PM in New York and 3:39 PM in Chicago.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between New York to Chicago is 794 miles. It takes approximately 13h 6m to drive from New York to Chicago.

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Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights from New York La Guardia Airport to Chicago Midway Airport.

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