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There are 9 ways to get from Tampa to Chicago by plane, bus, 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.

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Fly Tampa to Chicago Midway  •  4h 58m

  1. Fly from Tampa (TPA) to Chicago Midway (MDW) TPA - MDW

$104 - $756

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Fly Tampa to Chicago O'Hare  •  5h 22m

  1. Fly from Tampa (TPA) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) TPA - ORD

$104 - $857

Amtrak Thruway to Sarasota/Bradenton, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  6h 58m

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Tampa, FL to Bradenton, FL
  2. Fly from Sarasota/Bradenton (SRQ) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) SRQ - ORD

$212 - $556

Train to Orlando, fly to Chicago Midway  •  7h 19m

  1. Take the train from Tampa Union Station to Kissimmee Amtrak Station
  2. Fly from Orlando (MCO) to Chicago Midway (MDW) MCO - MDW

$132 - $662

Bus Megabus  •  23h 27m

  1. Take the bus from Tampa, FL to Atlanta, GA Atlanta route
  2. Take the bus from Marta Civic Center Station - Nb to Chicago

$222 - $247

Bus Greyhound USA  •  28h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Tampa, Fl to Atlanta, Ga 3734
  2. Take the bus from Atlanta, Ga to Chicago, Il 1196 / ...

$123 - $310

Bus Greyhound USA #2  •  34h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Tampa, Fl to Tallahassee, Fl 3730 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Tallahassee, Fl to Chicago, Il 1162

$138 - $357

Train  •  39h 51m

  1. Take the train from Tampa Union Station to Washington Union Station Silver Star
  2. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station Capitol Limited

$237 - $703

Drive  •  19h 19m

  1. Drive from Tampa to Chicago 1178.1 miles

$110 - $170

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The cheapest way to get from Tampa to Chicago is to drive which costs $110 - $170 and takes 19h 19m.

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The quickest way to get from Tampa to Chicago is to fly which costs $100 - $800 and takes 4h 58m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Tampa to Chicago. However, there are services departing from Tampa, Fl and arriving at Chicago, Il via Atlanta, Ga. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 28h 15m.

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No, there is no direct train from Tampa station to Chicago station. However, there are services departing from Tampa Union Station and arriving at Chicago Union Station via Washington Union Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 39h 51m.

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The distance between Tampa and Chicago is 1011 miles. The road distance is 1178.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Tampa to Chicago without a car is to bus which takes 23h 27m and costs $220 - $250.

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It takes approximately 4h 58m to get from Tampa to Chicago, including transfers.

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Tampa to Chicago bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Tampa, Fl station.

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

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The best way to get from Tampa to Chicago is to fly which takes 4h 58m and costs $100 - $800. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $220 - $250 and takes 23h 27m, you could also train, which costs $230 - $750 and takes 39h 51m.

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Map of how to get from Tampa to Chicago.
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  • Distance: 1011.3 miles
  • Duration: 4h 58m

What companies run services between Tampa, FL, USA and Chicago, IL, USA?

Southwest Airlines and Delta fly from Tampa to Chicago hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Tampa to Chicago via Atlanta, GA, Doraville Station, Civic Center Station, and Marta Civic Center Station - Nb in around 23h 27m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Tampa to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,800
Flights from Tampa to Chicago Midway via Nashville
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,800
Flights from Tampa to Chicago Midway via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,800
Flights from Orlando to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,200
Flights from Orlando to Chicago Midway via Birmingham
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,200
Flights from Orlando to Chicago Midway via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,200
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Tampa to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $2,000
Flights from Tampa to Chicago O'Hare via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $2,000
Flights from Sarasota/Bradenton to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$480 - $1,100
Flights from Sarasota/Bradenton to Chicago O'Hare via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$480 - $1,100
Flights from Sarasota/Bradenton to Chicago O'Hare via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
6h 4m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$480 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Tampa to Chicago O'Hare via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $2,100
Flights from Sarasota/Bradenton to Chicago O'Hare via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$500 - $1,100
Flights from Sarasota/Bradenton to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5h 19m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,100
Flights from Orlando to Chicago Midway via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Tampa to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $2,000
Flights from Sarasota/Bradenton to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $1,100
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Tampa to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $1,700
Flights from Tampa to Chicago O'Hare via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $1,700
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Tampa to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
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 Tampa Union Station to Kissimmee Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$150 - $210
Train from Tampa Union Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
21h 11m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $400
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$130 - $200
Flexi Coach Seat
$240 - $350
Business Coach Seat
$280 - $400
Room
$500 - $750
Train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
17h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $160
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Business Coach Seat
$220 - $310
Room
$440 - $600
Bus 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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Tampa, FL to Bradenton, FL
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
La Cubana
Phone
+1 305-541-1700
Website
lacubanabus.com
Bus from Tampa, FL to Atlanta, GA
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$159
Schedules at
lacubanabus.com
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.

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 Tampa, Fl to Atlanta, Ga
Ave. Duration
10h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$50 - $85
Flexible
$100 - $130
Bus from Atlanta, Ga to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
16h 25m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$70 - $180
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$70 - $120
Flexible
$130 - $180
Bus from Tampa, Fl to Tallahassee, Fl
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$28 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$28 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70
Bus from Tallahassee, Fl to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
27h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $290
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$110 - $190
Flexible
$220 - $290

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The quickest flight from Tampa Airport to Chicago Midway Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 40m.

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

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Chicago is 1h behind Tampa. It is currently 11:44 PM in Tampa and 10:44 PM in Chicago.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Tampa to Chicago is 1178 miles. It takes approximately 19h 19m to drive from Tampa to Chicago.

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Tampa Airport to Chicago Midway Airport.

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