There are 6 ways to get from Ottawa to Chicago by plane, train, bus 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.

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Fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  5 h 19 min

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

$175 - $558

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Bus  •  17 h 21 min

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

$76 - $256

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Fly to Chicago Midway  •  6 h 34 min

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

$125 - $347

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

$136 - $406

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 to Chicago Union Station Lake Shore Limited

$140 - $386

Drive  •  13 h 36 min

  1. Drive from Ottawa to Chicago 793.2 miles

$100 - $160

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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 21 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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The best way to get from Ottawa to Chicago without a car is to bus which takes 17 h 21 min and costs .

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

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Ottawa to Chicago bus services, operated by Greyhound Canada, depart from Ottawa, ON station.

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The best way to get from Ottawa to Chicago is to fly which takes 5 h 19 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 15 h, you could also bus, which costs and takes 17 h 21 min.

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The quickest flight from Ottawa Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 12 min.

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Ottawa to Chicago bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Chicago, Il station.

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Chicago is 1 h behind Ottawa. It is currently 6:00 AM in Ottawa and 5:00 AM in Chicago.

Yes, the driving distance between Ottawa to Chicago is 1269 km. It takes approximately 13 h 36 min to drive from Ottawa to Chicago.

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  • Distance: 647.5 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 19 min

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

United Airlines, Air Canada and two other airlines fly from Ottawa to Chicago hourly. 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 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Ottawa to Chicago O'Hare via Montreal
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Ottawa to Chicago O'Hare via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,300
Porter Airlines
Website
flyporter.com
Flights from Ottawa to Chicago Midway via Billy Bishop Toronto City
Ave. Duration
3 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
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 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,300
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Ottawa to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,300
Flights from Ottawa to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
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 15 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 - $60
Economy
$60 - $85
Economy Plus
$90 - $130
Business
$90 - $130
Business Plus/Sleeper
$160 - $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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Detroit Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
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 to Chicago Union Station
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 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 15 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $120
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$26 - $40
Online Fare
$30 - $55
Standard Fare
$45 - $65
Refundable
$50 - $75
Bus from Ottawa, ON to Syracuse, NY
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $120
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$40 - $65
Online Fare
$55 - $85
Standard Fare
$75 - $110
Refundable
$80 - $120
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 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

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

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There are 580+ hotels available in Chicago. Prices start at $103 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Ottawa to Ottawa Airport is to line 97 bus which takes 19 min and costs .

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