There are 9 ways to get from Pittsburgh to Columbus by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly Pittsburgh to Madison, bus  •  8 h 18 min

  1. Fly from Pittsburgh (PIT) to Madison (MSN) PIT - MSN
  2. Take the bus from Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin to Columbus, WI - Amtrak

$170 - $874

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Bus, train  •  18 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Pittsburgh, Pa to Akron, Oh
  2. Take the bus from Akron, OH to Chicago, IL
  3. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Columbus Amtrak

$87 - $189

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Fly Pittsburgh to Milwaukee, train  •  7 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Pittsburgh (PIT) to Milwaukee (MKE) PIT - MKE
  2. Take the train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station to Columbus Amtrak

$170 - $624

Fly Pittsburgh to Chicago Midway, train  •  7 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Pittsburgh (PIT) to Chicago Midway (MDW) PIT - MDW
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Columbus Amtrak

$180 - $412

Fly Pittsburgh to Chicago O'Hare, train  •  7 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Pittsburgh (PIT) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) PIT - ORD
  2. Take the train from Glenview Amtrak to Columbus Amtrak

$157 - $488

Train to Cleveland, fly to Milwaukee, train  •  8 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Pittsburgh Amtrak to Cleveland Amtrak
  2. Fly from Cleveland (CLE) to Milwaukee (MKE) CLE - MKE
  3. Take the train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station to Columbus Amtrak

$216 - $855

Train  •  13 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from Pittsburgh Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Capitol Limited
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Columbus Amtrak Empire Builder

$110 - $286

Bus, Amtrak Thruway  •  17 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Pittsburgh, Pa to Chicago, Il
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Milwaukee, Wi
  3. Take the bus from Milwaukee, Wi to Fond Du Lac, Wi 210
  4. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Fond du Lac, WI to Columbus, WI 105

$91 - $204

Drive  •  10 h 28 min

  1. Drive from Pittsburgh to Columbus 629.5 miles

$60 - $90

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The cheapest way to get from Pittsburgh to Columbus is to drive which costs $60 - $90 and takes 10 h 28 min.

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The quickest way to get from Pittsburgh to Columbus is to fly and train which costs $180 - $420 and takes 7 h 35 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Pittsburgh to Columbus. However, there are services departing from Pittsburgh, Pa and arriving at Columbus, WI via Chicago, Il, Milwaukee, Wi and Fond du Lac, WI. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17 h 18 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Pittsburgh to Columbus. However, there are services departing from Pittsburgh Amtrak and arriving at Columbus Amtrak via Chicago Union Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 33 min.

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The distance between Pittsburgh and Columbus is 508 miles. The road distance is 629.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Pittsburgh to Columbus without a car is to train which takes 13 h 33 min and costs $110 - $290.

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It takes approximately 8 h 18 min to get from Pittsburgh to Columbus, including transfers.

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Pittsburgh to Columbus bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Pittsburgh, Pa station.

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Pittsburgh to Columbus train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Pittsburgh Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Pittsburgh to Columbus is to train which takes 13 h 33 min and costs $110 - $290. Alternatively, you can bus and Amtrak Thruway, which costs $90 - $210 and takes 17 h 18 min.

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Map of how to get from Pittsburgh to Columbus.
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  • Distance: 507.9 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 18 min

What companies run services between Pittsburgh, PA, USA and Columbus, WI, USA?

You can take a train from Pittsburgh to Columbus via Chicago Union Station in around 13 h 33 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Pittsburgh to Columbus via Chicago, Il, Milwaukee, Wi, Fond Du Lac, Wi, and Fond du Lac, WI in around 17 h 18 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Pittsburgh to Madison via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Pittsburgh to Madison via Newark
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Pittsburgh to Milwaukee via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from Pittsburgh to Milwaukee via Toronto
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Pittsburgh to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Cleveland to Milwaukee via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Pittsburgh to Milwaukee via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
4 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,300
Flights from Pittsburgh to Milwaukee via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,300
Flights from Pittsburgh to Milwaukee via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,300
Flights from Pittsburgh to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $700
Flights from Cleveland to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Pittsburgh to Madison via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $850
Flights from Pittsburgh to Madison via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Pittsburgh to Madison via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 8 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Pittsburgh to Milwaukee via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $430
Flights from Pittsburgh to Milwaukee via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $430
Flights from Pittsburgh to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $600
Flights from Pittsburgh to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Pittsburgh to Madison via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Pittsburgh to Madison via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Pittsburgh to Madison via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Pittsburgh to Milwaukee via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from Pittsburgh to Milwaukee via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4 h 34 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from Pittsburgh to Milwaukee via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from Pittsburgh to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $800
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Pittsburgh to Milwaukee via Toronto
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Pittsburgh to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Train operators
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 Milwaukee Intermodal Station to Columbus Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$140 - $200
Train from Chicago Union Station to Columbus Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $85
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Business Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Room
$180 - $250
Train from Glenview Amtrak to Columbus Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 23 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Pittsburgh Amtrak to Cleveland Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $85
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Business Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Room
$180 - $250
Train from Pittsburgh Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
9 h 46 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $210
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Flexi Coach Seat
$130 - $190
Business Coach Seat
$140 - $210
Room
$320 - $440
Bus operators
Lamers Bus Lines
Phone
+1 800-236-1240
Website
golamers.com
Bus from Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin to Columbus, WI - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $17
Schedules at
golamers.com
Book at
webstore.golamers.com
Bus from Milwaukee, WI to Fond Du Lac, WI
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $21
Schedules at
golamers.com
Book at
webstore.golamers.com
Bus from Fond du Lac, WI to Columbus, WI - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $19
Schedules at
golamers.com
Book at
webstore.golamers.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 Pittsburgh, Pa to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$50 - $80
Flexible
$95 - $130
Bus from Chicago, Il to Milwaukee, Wi
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Bus from Milwaukee, Wi to Fond Du Lac, Wi
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $28
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $18
Flexible
$21 - $28
Bus from Pittsburgh, Pa to Akron, Oh
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $26
Flexible
$30 - $40
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Fond du Lac, WI to Columbus, WI
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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There is no direct flight from Pittsburgh Airport to Madison Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 26 min and has one stopover.

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Pittsburgh to Columbus bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Columbus, WI station.

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Columbus is 1 h behind Pittsburgh. It is currently 4:34 AM in Pittsburgh and 3:34 AM in Columbus.

Pittsburgh to Columbus train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Columbus Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Pittsburgh to Columbus is 630 miles. It takes approximately 10 h 28 min to drive from Pittsburgh to Columbus.

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American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines offer flights from Pittsburgh Airport to Madison Airport.

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There are seven+ hotels available in Columbus. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Pittsburgh to Pittsburgh Airport is to bus which takes 40 min and costs $3.

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