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There are 7 ways to get from St. Louis to Crystal Lake by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  7 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from St. Louis Gateway Station to Chicago Union Station Lincoln Service / ...
  2. Take the train from Chicago OTC to Crystal Lake Up-Nw

$59 - $138

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Bus, train  •  8 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from St. Louis to Chicago, IL
  2. Take the train from Chicago OTC to Crystal Lake Up-Nw

$39 - $53

5 alternative options

Bus  •  10 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from St Louis, Mo to Champaign, Il
  2. Take the bus from Champaign - Illinois Terminal to Terminal 2, Chicago, IL - O'Hare Intl Airport
  3. Take the bus from Rosemont CTA Station to Pace I-90/Randall Road Park-n-Ride 605

$56 - $93

Drive  •  5 h 23 min

  1. Drive from St. Louis to Crystal Lake 321 miles

$30 - $50

Fly to Chicago O'Hare, train  •  5 h 7 min

  1. Fly from St. Louis (STL) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) STL - ORD
  2. Take the train from Irving Park to Crystal Lake

$96 - $256

Fly to Chicago Midway, train  •  5 h 23 min

  1. Fly from St. Louis (STL) to Chicago Midway (MDW) STL - MDW
  2. Take the train from Chicago OTC to Crystal Lake

$132 - $316

Fly to Milwaukee, bus, train  •  6 h 55 min

  1. Fly from St. Louis (STL) to Milwaukee (MKE) STL - MKE
  2. Take the bus from Milwaukee, WI - Airport to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
  3. Take the train from Irving Park to Crystal Lake

$162 - $320

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from St. Louis to Crystal Lake is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5 h 23 min.

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The quickest way to get from St. Louis to Crystal Lake is to fly and train which costs $95 - $260 and takes 5 h 7 min.

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No, there is no direct train from St. Louis station to Crystal Lake. However, there are services departing from St. Louis Gateway Station and arriving at Crystal Lake via Chicago OTC. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 44 min.

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The distance between St. Louis and Crystal Lake is 270 miles. The road distance is 321 miles.

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The best way to get from St. Louis to Crystal Lake without a car is to train which takes 7 h 44 min and costs $55 - $140.

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It takes approximately 7 h 44 min to get from St. Louis to Crystal Lake, including transfers.

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St. Louis to Crystal Lake train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at St. Louis Gateway Station.

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The best way to get from St. Louis to Crystal Lake is to train which takes 7 h 44 min and costs $55 - $140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $55 - $95 and takes 10 h 39 min.

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The quickest flight from St. Louis Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 16 min.

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St. Louis to Crystal Lake train services, operated by Metra, arrive at Crystal Lake station.

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Map of how to get from St. Louis to Crystal Lake.
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  • Distance: 270.1 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 44 min

What companies run services between St. Louis, MO, USA and Crystal Lake, IL, USA?

You can take a train from St. Louis to Crystal Lake via Chicago Union Station and Chicago OTC in around 7 h 44 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from St. Louis to Crystal Lake via Champaign, Il, Champaign - Illinois Terminal, Terminal 2, Chicago, IL - O'Hare Intl Airport, O'Hare, Rosemont, Rosemont CTA Station, and Pace I-90/Randall Road Park-n-Ride in around 10 h 39 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from St. Louis to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from St. Louis to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from St. Louis to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from St. Louis to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from St. Louis to Milwaukee via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $550
Cape Air
Website
capeair.com
Flights from St. Louis to Chicago O'Hare via Decatur
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $380
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from St. Louis Gateway Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
Metra
Phone
+1 312-322-6777
Website
metrarail.com
Train from Chicago OTC to Crystal Lake
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $10
Schedules at
metrarail.com
Train from Irving Park to Crystal Lake
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Schedules at
metrarail.com
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 St Louis, Mo to Champaign, Il
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$23 - $35
Flexible
$40 - $55
Peoria Charter Coach Company
Website
peoriacharter.com
Bus from Champaign - Illinois Terminal to Terminal 2, Chicago, IL - O'Hare Intl Airport
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $34
Schedules at
peoriacharter.com
Pace Bus
Phone
+1(847)2282322
Email
Passenger.Services@PaceBus.com
Website
pacebus.com
Bus from Rosemont CTA Station to Pace I-90/Randall Road Park-n-Ride
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
pacebus.com
Coach USA

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Yes, the driving distance between St. Louis to Crystal Lake is 321 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 23 min to drive from St. Louis to Crystal Lake.

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Cape Air, American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from St. Louis Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport.

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There are 26+ hotels available in Crystal Lake. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from St. Louis to St. Louis Airport is to train which takes 31 min and costs $3.

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