There are 9 ways to get from Sacramento to Chicago by plane, train, subway, 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.

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Fly Sacramento to Chicago Midway  •  5 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Sacramento (SMF) to Chicago Midway (MDW) SMF - MDW

$204 - $756

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Train, BART to San Francisco, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  8 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from Sacramento Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station
  2. Take the BART from MacArthur BART Station to San Francisco International Airport BART Station
  3. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) SFO - ORD

$108 - $386

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Fly Sacramento to Chicago O'Hare  •  5 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Sacramento (SMF) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) SMF - ORD

$174 - $557

Train to Oakland, fly to Chicago Midway  •  7 h 44 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, BART to San Francisco, fly to Chicago Midway  •  8 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from Sacramento Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station
  2. Take the BART from MacArthur BART Station to San Francisco International Airport BART Station
  3. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Chicago Midway (MDW) SFO - MDW

$178 - $465

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

Train  •  2 days 1 h

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

$280 - $850

Bus  •  2 days 3 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 Champaign, IL
  4. Take the bus from Champaign, Il to Chicago, Il

$258 - $528

Drive  •  31 h 11 min

  1. Drive from Sacramento to Chicago 2058.6 miles

$200 - $300

Questions & Answers

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 Champaign, Il. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 3 h.

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

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

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The best way to get from Sacramento to Chicago without a car is to train which takes 2 days 1 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 42 min to get from Sacramento to Chicago, including transfers.

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Sacramento to Chicago bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Sacramento, Ca station.

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

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The best way to get from Sacramento to Chicago is to fly which takes 5 h 42 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 2 days 1 h, you could also bus, which costs and takes 2 days 3 h.

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The quickest flight from Sacramento Airport to Chicago Midway Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h 55 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Sacramento to Chicago.
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  • Distance: 1799.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 42 min

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

Southwest Airlines and Delta fly from Sacramento to Chicago hourly. 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 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,600
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago Midway via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,600
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago Midway via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,600
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago Midway via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,600
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago Midway via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,600
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 Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Oakland to Chicago Midway via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Oakland to Chicago Midway via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 53 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Oakland to Chicago Midway via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Oakland to Chicago Midway via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago Midway via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago Midway via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago Midway via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5 h 57 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago Midway via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from San Jose to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
4 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Flights from San Jose to Chicago Midway via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Flights from San Jose to Chicago Midway via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Flights from San Jose to Chicago Midway via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Flights from San Jose to Chicago Midway via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Flights from San Jose to Chicago Midway via San Diego
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago O'Hare via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago O'Hare via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago O'Hare via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago O'Hare via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
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 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago Midway via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 57 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $2,500
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago O'Hare via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 33 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,500
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago O'Hare via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,500
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago Midway via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 13 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $550
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 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 Richmond Transit Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
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
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
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from MacArthur BART Station to San Francisco International Airport BART Station
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
bart.gov
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 Sacramento, Ca to Reno, Nv
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
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
Bus from Champaign, Il to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $29
Flexible
$30 - $45
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Chicago is 2 h ahead of Sacramento. It is currently 4:09 AM in Sacramento and 6:09 AM in Chicago.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Sacramento to Chicago is 2059 miles. It takes approximately 31 h 11 min to drive from Sacramento to Chicago.

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

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There are 580+ hotels available in Chicago. Prices start at $103 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Sacramento to Sacramento Airport is to bus which takes 12 min and costs .

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