There are 10 ways to get from Sacramento to Chicago by bus, plane, train 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 to Sacramento, fly to Chicago Midway  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Capitol Mall at 7th St. to Terminal A
  2. Fly from Sacramento (SMF) to Chicago Midway (MDW) SMF - MDW

$204 - $756

Cheapest option

Train to Oakland, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  8 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Sacramento Amtrak to Oakland Coliseum Station Amtrak
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) OAK - ORD

$138 - $454

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Bus to Sacramento, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  7 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Capitol Mall at 7th St. to Terminal A
  2. Fly from Sacramento (SMF) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) SMF - ORD

$174 - $557

Bus to San Francisco, fly to Chicago Midway  •  8 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Sacramento, Ca to Oakland, Ca
  2. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Chicago Midway (MDW) SFO - MDW

$164 - $436

Train to Oakland, fly to Chicago Midway  •  7 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Sacramento Amtrak to Oakland Coliseum Station Amtrak
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Chicago Midway (MDW) OAK - MDW

$178 - $673

Train to San Jose, fly to Chicago Midway  •  8 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Sacramento Amtrak to Santa Clara Amtrak
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Chicago Midway (MDW) SJC - MDW

$208 - $501

Bus, bus to Reno, fly to Chicago Midway  •  9 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Sacramento, Ca to Truckee, Ca
  2. Take the bus from Truckee Depot to Reno Tahoe International Airport
  3. Fly from Reno (RNO) to Chicago Midway (MDW) RNO - MDW

$297 - $1,090

Bus  •  2 days 1 h

  1. Take the bus from Sacramento, Ca to Reno, Nv
  2. Take the bus from Reno, Nv to Denver, Co
  3. Take the bus from Denver, CO to Des Moines, IA
  4. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL

$254 - $513

Train  •  2 days 1 h

  1. Take the train from Sacramento Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak California Zephyr

$280 - $850

Drive  •  31 h 11 min

  1. Drive from Sacramento to Chicago 2058.6 miles

$200 - $300

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Sacramento to Chicago is to drive which costs $200 - $300 and takes 31 h 11 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sacramento to Chicago is to bus and fly which costs $200 - $800 and takes 7 h 15 min.

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The distance between Sacramento and Chicago is 1800 miles. The road distance is 2058.6 miles.

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It takes approximately 7 h 15 min to get from Sacramento to Chicago, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sacramento to Chicago. However, there are services departing from Sacramento, Ca and arriving at Chicago, IL via Reno, Nv, Denver, CO and Des Moines, IA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 1 h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Sacramento Amtrak and arriving at Chicago Union Station Amtrak station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 days 1 h.

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What companies run services between Sacramento, CA, USA and Chicago, IL, USA?

You can take a bus from Sacramento to Chicago via Reno, Nv, Denver, Co, Denver, CO, and Des Moines, IA in around 2 days 1 h. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Sacramento to Chicago once daily. Tickets cost $280 - $850 and the journey takes 2 days 1 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,600
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago Midway via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,600
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago Midway via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,600
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago Midway via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,600
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago Midway via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago Midway via Burbank
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago Midway via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago Midway via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from Oakland to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
4 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Oakland to Chicago Midway via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Oakland to Chicago Midway via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Oakland to Chicago Midway via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Oakland to Chicago Midway via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from San Jose to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Flights from San Jose to Chicago Midway via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Flights from San Jose to Chicago Midway via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Flights from San Jose to Chicago Midway via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Flights from San Jose to Chicago Midway via Burbank
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Flights from San Jose to Chicago Midway via Boise
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Flights from Reno to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$420 - $2,000
Flights from Reno to Chicago Midway via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$420 - $2,000
Flights from Reno to Chicago Midway via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$420 - $2,000
Flights from Reno to Chicago Midway via Oakland
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$420 - $2,000
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago O'Hare via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago O'Hare via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago O'Hare via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago Midway via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $2,500
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago O'Hare via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,500
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago O'Hare via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,500
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago Midway via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Oakland to Chicago O'Hare via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from San Jose to Chicago Midway via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $700
Flights from Reno to Chicago Midway via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 36 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago O'Hare via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Oakland to Chicago O'Hare via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $700
Flights from Oakland to Chicago O'Hare via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $700
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Oakland to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $600
Flights from Oakland to Chicago O'Hare via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $600
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Oakland to Chicago O'Hare via Seattle
Ave. Duration
7 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Sacramento Amtrak to Oakland Coliseum Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$150 - $220
Train from Sacramento Amtrak to Santa Clara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 49 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Sacramento Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 days 1 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$280 - $850
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$280 - $420
Flexi Coach Seat
$500 - $750
Business Coach Seat
$600 - $850
Room
$1,000 - $1,500
Bus operators
Yolobus
Phone
+1 530-666-2877
Website
yolobus.com
Bus from Capitol Mall at 7th St. to Terminal A
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
yolobus.com
Greyhound USA
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 Sacramento, Ca to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
Bus from Sacramento, Ca to Truckee, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$29 - $40
Bus from Sacramento, Ca to Reno, Nv
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $28
Flexible
$30 - $45
Bus from Reno, Nv to Denver, Co
Ave. Duration
23 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$100 - $260
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$100 - $170
Flexible
$190 - $260
North Lake Tahoe Express
Phone
+1 866.216.5222
Website
northlaketahoeexpress.com
Bus from Truckee Depot to Reno Tahoe International Airport
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$49
Schedules at
northlaketahoeexpress.com
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Denver, CO to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
14 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com

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