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

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Fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  3 h

  1. Fly from State College (SCE) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) SCE - ORD

$256 - $392

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Bus  •  16 h 3 min

  1. Take the bus from State College, PA to Pittsburgh, PA
  2. Take the bus from Pittsburgh, Pa to Chicago, Il 1607 / ...

$66 - $157

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Fly to Chicago Midway  •  5 h 43 min

  1. Fly from State College (SCE) to Chicago Midway (MDW) SCE - MDW

$166 - $821

Bus, train via State College, PA  •  14 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from State College, PA to Pittsburgh, PA
  2. Take the train from Pittsburgh Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Capitol Limited

$91 - $237

Bus, train  •  15 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from State College, PA to Pittsburgh, PA 730 Harrisburg / ...
  2. Take the train from Pittsburgh Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Capitol Limited

$97 - $277

Bus Barons Bus  •  20 h

  1. Take the bus from State College, PA to Pittsburgh, PA
  2. Take the bus from Pittsburgh, Pa to Akron, Oh
  3. Take the bus from Akron, OH to Chicago, IL

$73 - $172

Drive  •  9 h 27 min

  1. Drive from State College to Chicago 569.1 miles

$55 - $85

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The cheapest way to get from State College to Chicago is to drive which costs $55 - $85 and takes 9 h 27 min.

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The quickest way to get from State College to Chicago is to fly which costs $250 - $400 and takes 3 h.

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No, there is no direct bus from State College to Chicago. However, there are services departing from E. College Ave at S. Allen Street and arriving at Chicago, Il via State College, PA and Pittsburgh, Pa. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 3 min.

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The distance between State College and Chicago is 515 miles. The road distance is 569.1 miles.

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The best way to get from State College to Chicago without a car is to bus and train which takes 14 h 49 min and costs $90 - $240.

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It takes approximately 3 h to get from State College to Chicago, including transfers.

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State College to Chicago bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from State College, PA station.

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The best way to get from State College to Chicago is to fly which takes 3 h and costs $250 - $400. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $65 - $160 and takes 16 h 3 min.

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The quickest flight from State College Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h.

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

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Map of how to get from State College to Chicago.
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  • Distance: 514.9 miles
  • Duration: 3 h

What companies run services between State College, PA, USA and Chicago, IL, USA?

United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines fly from State College to Chicago every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from State College to Chicago via North Atherton Place at McDonalds, State College, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, and Pittsburgh, Pa in around 16 h 3 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from State College to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$450 - $850
Flights from State College to Chicago O'Hare via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$450 - $850
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from State College to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$360 - $800
Flights from State College to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
6 h 19 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from State College to Chicago Midway via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
5 h 24 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from State College to Chicago O'Hare via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4 h 36 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $900
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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Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Pittsburgh Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
9 h 46 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $210
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Flexi Coach Seat
$130 - $190
Business Coach Seat
$140 - $210
Room
$320 - $440
Bus operators
Fullington Trailways
Phone
+1 800.942.8287
Website
fullingtontours.com
Bus from State College, PA to Pittsburgh, PA
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Schedules at
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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 State College, Pa to Pittsburgh, Pa
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$22 - $35
Flexible
$40 - $55
Bus from Pittsburgh, Pa to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$50 - $80
Flexible
$95 - $130
Bus from Pittsburgh, Pa to Akron, Oh
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$30 - $40

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More Questions & Answers

Chicago is 1 h behind State College. It is currently 7:40 PM in State College and 6:40 PM in Chicago.

Yes, the driving distance between State College to Chicago is 569 miles. It takes approximately 9 h 27 min to drive from State College to Chicago.

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American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines offer flights from State College Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport.

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There are 576+ hotels available in Chicago. Prices start at $90 USD per night.

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The best way to get from State College to State College Airport is to taxi which takes 12 min and costs $14 - $17.

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