There are 8 ways to get from Ottawa to Chicago by plane, bus, train or car

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

Recommended option

Fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  5 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Ottawa (YOW) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) YOW - ORD

$174 - $557

Cheapest option

Bus  •  17 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Ottawa, ON to Toronto, ON 5353 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Toronto, On to Chicago, Il 5515

$76 - $254

6 alternative options

Fly to Chicago Midway  •  6 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Ottawa (YOW) to Chicago Midway (MDW) YOW - MDW

$124 - $346

Fly to South Bend, bus  •  8 h 9 min

  1. Fly from Ottawa (YOW) to South Bend (SBN) YOW - SBN
  2. Take the bus from South Bend, In to Chicago, Il

$217 - $1,537

Train  •  15 h

  1. Take the train from Ottawa to Toronto
  2. Take the train from Toronto to Windsor
  3. Take the train from Detroit Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak

$136 - $405

Train, bus  •  17 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Fallowfield to Toronto VIA Rail
  2. Take the bus from Toronto, On to Chicago, Il 5515

$95 - $285

Bus, train  •  27 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from Ottawa, ON to Syracuse, NY 5355-5365-0311
  2. Take the train from Syracuse Regional Transportation Center Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

$139 - $384

Drive  •  13 h 36 min

  1. Drive from Ottawa to Chicago 793.2 miles

$100 - $160

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The cheapest way to get from Ottawa to Chicago is to drive which costs $130 - $210 and takes 13 h 36 min.

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The quickest way to get from Ottawa to Chicago is to fly which costs $230 - $750 and takes 5 h 19 min.

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The distance between Ottawa and Chicago is 1036 km. The road distance is 1269.1 km.

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It takes approximately 5 h 19 min to get from Ottawa to Chicago, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Ottawa to Chicago. However, there are services departing from Ottawa, ON and arriving at Chicago, Il via Toronto, On. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17 h 45 min.

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What companies run services between Ottawa, ON, Canada and Chicago, IL, USA?

United Airlines, Air Canada and three other airlines fly from Ottawa to Chicago every 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a train from Ottawa to Chicago via Toronto, Windsor, and Detroit Amtrak in around 15 h.

Airlines
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Ottawa to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,300
Flights from Ottawa to Chicago O'Hare via Toronto
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Ottawa to Chicago O'Hare via Montreal
Ave. Duration
4 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Ottawa to Chicago O'Hare via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,300
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Ottawa to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,300
Flights from Ottawa to Chicago O'Hare via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,300
Flights from Ottawa to South Bend via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,500
Flights from Ottawa to South Bend via Newark
Ave. Duration
6 h 13 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,600
Flights from Ottawa to South Bend via Washington Dulles, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,700
Porter Airlines
Website
flyporter.com
Flights from Ottawa to Chicago Midway via Toronto Island
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Ottawa to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,300
Flights from Ottawa to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Ottawa to South Bend via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,700
Flights from Ottawa to South Bend via New York La Guardia, Detroit
Ave. Duration
6 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,900
Train operators
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from Ottawa to Toronto
Ave. Duration
4 h 21 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$45 - $150
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$45 - $65
Economy
$70 - $100
Economy Plus
$100 - $150
Business
$100 - $150
Business Plus/Sleeper
$180 - $260
Train from Toronto to Windsor
Ave. Duration
4 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $130
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$40 - $55
Economy
$60 - $85
Economy Plus
$90 - $130
Business
$85 - $130
Business Plus/Sleeper
$160 - $220
Train from Fallowfield to Toronto
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $140
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$40 - $65
Economy
$70 - $95
Economy Plus
$100 - $140
Business
$100 - $140
Business Plus/Sleeper
$180 - $250
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Detroit Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 59 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
Train from Syracuse Regional Transportation Center Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
12 h 56 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$95 - $270
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Flexi Coach Seat
$160 - $240
Business Coach Seat
$190 - $270
Room
$390 - $550
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from South Bend, In to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Bus from Toronto, On to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
11 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$50 - $85
Flexible
$100 - $140
Greyhound Canada
Phone
+1 1-800-661-8747
Email
Canada.info@greyhound.ca
Website
greyhound.ca
Bus from Ottawa, ON to Toronto, ON
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $120
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$26 - $40
Online Fare
$30 - $55
Standard Fare
$40 - $65
Refundable
$45 - $70
Bus from Ottawa, ON to Syracuse, NY
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $120
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$40 - $65
Online Fare
$55 - $85
Standard Fare
$75 - $110
Refundable
$80 - $120

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