There are 7 ways to get from Raleigh to Chicago by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly to Chicago Midway  •  3 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Chicago Midway (MDW) RDU - MDW

$144 - $427

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Bus via Columbus, Oh  •  23 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Raleigh, Nc to Winston Salem, Nc
  2. Take the bus from Winston Salem, Nc to Columbus, Oh
  3. Take the bus from Columbus, OH to Chicago, IL

$87 - $251

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Fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  4 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) RDU - ORD

$134 - $368

Train  •  24 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from Raleigh Amtrak to Washington Union Station Silver Star / ...
  2. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station Capitol Limited

$153 - $445

Bus  •  25 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Raleigh, Nc to Richmond, Va
  2. Take the bus from Richmond, Va to Washington, Dc
  3. Take the bus from Washington, Dc to Chicago, Il

$112 - $281

Train via Alexandria Amtrak  •  30 h

  1. Take the train from Raleigh Amtrak to Alexandria Amtrak Silver Star / ...
  2. Take the train from Alexandria Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Cardinal

$172 - $482

Drive  •  13 h 58 min

  1. Drive from Raleigh to Chicago 806 miles

$75 - $120

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Raleigh to Chicago is to drive which costs $75 - $120 and takes 13 h 58 min.

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The quickest way to get from Raleigh to Chicago is to fly which costs $140 - $430 and takes 3 h 56 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Raleigh station to Chicago. However, there are services departing from GoRaleigh Station and arriving at Chicago, IL via Raleigh, Nc, Winston Salem, Nc and Columbus, OH. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23 h 6 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Raleigh to Chicago station. However, there are services departing from Raleigh Amtrak and arriving at Chicago Union Station via Washington Union Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 24 h 33 min.

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The distance between Raleigh and Chicago is 645 miles. The road distance is 806 miles.

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The best way to get from Raleigh to Chicago without a car is to bus which takes 23 h 6 min and costs $85 - $260.

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It takes approximately 3 h 56 min to get from Raleigh to Chicago, including transfers.

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Raleigh to Chicago bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Raleigh, Nc station.

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Raleigh to Chicago train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Raleigh Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Raleigh to Chicago is to fly which takes 3 h 56 min and costs $140 - $430. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $85 - $260 and takes 23 h 6 min, you could also train, which costs $150 - $450 and takes 24 h 33 min.

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Map of how to get from Raleigh to Chicago.
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  • Distance: 644.9 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 56 min

What companies run services between Raleigh, NC, USA and Chicago, IL, USA?

Southwest Airlines and Delta fly from Raleigh to Chicago every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Raleigh to Chicago via Capital Blvd at Crabtree Blvd, Raleigh, Nc, Winston Salem, Nc, Columbus, Oh, and Columbus, OH in around 23 h 6 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Chicago Midway via Nashville
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Chicago Midway via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Chicago O'Hare via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Chicago O'Hare via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Chicago O'Hare via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $750
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 Raleigh Amtrak to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 53 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Room
$240 - $340
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 Raleigh Amtrak to Alexandria Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 19 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Room
$240 - $330
Train from Alexandria Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
23 h 41 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $350
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Flexi Coach Seat
$210 - $310
Business Coach Seat
$250 - $350
Room
$490 - $700
Bus operators
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 Raleigh, Nc to Winston Salem, Nc
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$29 - $40
Bus from Winston Salem, Nc to Columbus, Oh
Ave. Duration
10 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $70
Flexible
$80 - $110
Bus from Raleigh, Nc to Richmond, Va
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $35
Flexible
$35 - $50
Bus from Richmond, Va to Washington, Dc
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$29 - $40
Bus from Washington, Dc to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
18 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $190
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$75 - $120
Flexible
$140 - $190

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The quickest flight from Raleigh/Durham Airport to Chicago Midway Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 50 min.

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

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Chicago is 1 h behind Raleigh. It is currently 2:22 AM in Raleigh and 1:22 AM in Chicago.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Raleigh to Chicago is 806 miles. It takes approximately 13 h 58 min to drive from Raleigh to Chicago.

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Raleigh/Durham Airport to Chicago Midway Airport.

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There are 574+ hotels available in Chicago. Prices start at $104 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Raleigh to Raleigh/Durham Airport is to line 100 bus which takes 26 min and costs $2 - $3.

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