• Our partners include:

  • Greyhound USA
  • VIA Rail
  • Amtrak
  • Acela Express
  • Megabus
  • SuperShuttle
  • Booking.com
  • Skyscanner
  • Airbnb
  • Expedia

There are 4 ways to get from Rockford to Waukegan by bus, train, taxi 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

Bus, train  •  4 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Rockford, IL to Chicago, IL - Amtrak 8960
  2. Take the train from Chicago OTC to Waukegan Up-N

Cheapest option

Bus, line 423 bus, train  •  4 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Rockford,IL-Rockford Bus Terminal to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
  2. Take the line 423 bus from Harlem CTA Station to Elm / Winnetka Metra Station 423
  3. Take the train from Winnetka to Waukegan

$64 - $71

2 alternative options

Taxi, train  •  4 h 12 min

  1. Take a taxi from Rockford to Harvard
  2. Take the train from Harvard to Clybourn
  3. Take the train from Clybourn to Waukegan

$119 - $142

Drive  •  1 h 46 min

  1. Drive from Rockford to Waukegan 73.9 miles

$7 - $11

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Rockford to Waukegan is to drive which costs $7 - $11 and takes 1 h 46 min.

More details

The quickest way to get from Rockford to Waukegan is to drive which costs $7 - $11 and takes 1 h 46 min.

More details

The distance between Rockford and Waukegan is 65 miles. The road distance is 73.9 miles.

Get driving directions

The best way to get from Rockford to Waukegan without a car is to bus and train which takes 4 h 10 min and costs .

More details

It takes approximately 4 h 10 min to get from Rockford to Waukegan, including transfers.

More details

Yes, the driving distance between Rockford to Waukegan is 74 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 46 min to drive from Rockford to Waukegan.

Get driving directions

There are 80+ hotels available in Waukegan. Prices start at $62 USD per night.

More details

Map of how to get from Rockford to Waukegan.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 64.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 10 min

What companies run services between Rockford, IL, USA and Waukegan, IL, USA?

There is no direct connection from Rockford to Waukegan. However, you can take the taxi to Rockford, IL, take the bus to Chicago, IL - Amtrak, take the walk to Chicago OTC, then take the train to Waukegan. Alternatively, you can take the taxi to Harvard, take the train to Clybourn, then take the train to Waukegan.

Train operators
Metra
Phone
+1 312-322-6777
Website
metrarail.com
Train from Chicago OTC to Waukegan
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Schedules at
metrarail.com
Train from Harvard to Clybourn
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
metrarail.com
Train from Clybourn to Waukegan
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
metrarail.com
Train from Winnetka to Waukegan
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
metrarail.com
Bus operators
Vangalder Bus
Phone
+1 608-752-5407
Email
vangalder@coachusa.com
Bus from Rockford, IL to Chicago, IL - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Schedules at
vangalderbus.com
Book at
govangalder.com
Bus from Rockford,IL-Rockford Bus Terminal to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
vangalderbus.com
Book at
govangalder.com
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
Bus from Rockford, IL to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
amtrak.com
Pace Bus
Phone
+1(847)2282322
Email
Passenger.Services@PaceBus.com
Website
pacebus.com
Bus from Harlem CTA Station to Elm / Winnetka Metra Station
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
pacebus.com
Other operators
Taxi from Rockford to Harvard
Ave. Duration
46 min
Estimated price
$100 - $130

Want to know more about travelling around United States

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.