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There are 10 ways to get from Philadelphia 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.

Recommended option

Fly Philadelphia to Chicago Midway  •  4 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Chicago Midway (MDW) PHL - MDW

$139 - $441

Cheapest option

Bus Greyhound USA  •  23 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia, Pa to Baltimore Downtown, Md 3019 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Baltimore Downtown, Md to Chicago Amtrak, Il 4447

$86 - $227

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Fly Philadelphia to Chicago O'Hare  •  4 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) PHL - ORD

$129 - $492

Train to Baltimore, fly to Chicago Midway  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
  2. Fly from Baltimore (BWI) to Chicago Midway (MDW) BWI - MDW

$180 - $626

Train to Newark, fly to Chicago Midway  •  5 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Newark Liberty International Airport
  2. Fly from Newark (EWR) to Chicago Midway (MDW) EWR - MDW

$118 - $427

Bus to Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  6 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from 30th St. Station to Bethlehem, PA
  2. Fly from Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton (ABE) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) ABE - ORD

$231 - $437

Bus D&J Bus  •  17 h

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia, PA to New York Philadelphia
  2. Take the bus from New York to Chicago, IL Djb149 / ...

$102 - $112

Train via Washington Union Station  •  20 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Washington Union Station Acela Express / ...
  2. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station Capitol Limited

$194 - $556

Train  •  26 h 45 min

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Chicago Union Station Cardinal

$140 - $400

Drive  •  12 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Philadelphia to Chicago 763.6 miles

$75 - $110

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The cheapest way to get from Philadelphia to Chicago is to drive which costs $75 - $110 and takes 12 h 27 min.

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The quickest way to get from Philadelphia to Chicago is to fly which costs $130 - $450 and takes 4 h 11 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Philadelphia to Chicago. However, there are services departing from Philadelphia, PA and arriving at Chicago, IL via New York. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17 h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Philadelphia 30th Street Station station and arriving at Chicago Union Station station. Services depart three times a week, and operate Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 26 h 45 min.

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The distance between Philadelphia and Chicago is 667 miles. The road distance is 763.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Chicago without a car is to bus which takes 17 h and costs $100 - $120.

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It takes approximately 4 h 11 min to get from Philadelphia to Chicago, including transfers.

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Philadelphia to Chicago bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Philadelphia, Pa station.

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Philadelphia to Chicago train services, operated by Amtrak Acela Express, arrive at Philadelphia 30th Street Station.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Chicago is to fly which takes 4 h 11 min and costs $130 - $450. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $100 - $120 and takes 17 h, you could also train, which costs $190 - $600 and takes 20 h 23 min.

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Map of how to get from Philadelphia to Chicago.
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  • Distance: 667.4 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 11 min

What companies run services between Philadelphia, PA, USA and Chicago, IL, USA?

Southwest Airlines and Delta fly from Philadelphia to Chicago hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Philadelphia to Chicago via New York in around 17 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Newark to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $750
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $750
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago O'Hare via Dayton
Ave. Duration
4 h 1 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $750
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago O'Hare via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
3 h 54 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$120 - $750
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago O'Hare via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
4 h 14 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$120 - $750
Flights from Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton to Chicago O'Hare via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $850
Flights from Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton to Chicago O'Hare via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $850
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $850
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago O'Hare via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $850
Flights from Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $750
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Flights from Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,000
Flights from Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton to Chicago O'Hare via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 21 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,000
Train operators
Amtrak Acela Express

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 Philadelphia 30th Street Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $220
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$80 - $190
First Class Seat
$150 - $220
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$90 - $250
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$90 - $200
First Class Seat
$170 - $250
Amtrak Northeast Regional
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Newark Liberty International Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $50
Business Seat
$35 - $65
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
17 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $160
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Business Coach Seat
$220 - $310
Room
$440 - $600
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
26 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $400
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$140 - $210
Flexi Coach Seat
$240 - $350
Business Coach Seat
$290 - $400
Room
$550 - $750
Bus operators
Bieber Transportation Group
Wanda Coach
Phone
6466307186
Email
help@wandacoach.com
Website
wandacoach.com
Bus from Philadelphia, PA to New York
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12
Schedules at
wandacoach.com
Bus from New York, NY to Chicago
Ave. Duration
15 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$100
Schedules at
wandacoach.com
D&J Bus
Bus from New York to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90
Schedules at
gotobus.com
Book at
gotobus.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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Philadelphia, Pa to Baltimore Downtown, Md
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$29 - $40
Bus from Baltimore Downtown, Md to Chicago Amtrak, Il
Ave. Duration
20 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $190
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$70 - $120
Flexible
$140 - $190

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The quickest flight from Philadelphia Airport to Chicago Midway Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 10 min.

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

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Chicago is 1 h behind Philadelphia. It is currently 2:33 PM in Philadelphia and 1:33 PM in Chicago.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Philadelphia to Chicago is 764 miles. It takes approximately 12 h 27 min to drive from Philadelphia to Chicago.

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Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Philadelphia Airport to Chicago Midway Airport.

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Book your Philadelphia to Chicago bus tickets online with Greyhound and Greyhound.

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There are 704+ hotels available in Chicago. Prices start at $82 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Philadelphia Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs $7.

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