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There are 9 ways to get from Thunder Bay to Council Bluffs by car, plane, bus, night bus or train

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Drive to Hancock, fly  •  16h 5m

  1. Drive from Thunder Bay to Hancock
  2. Fly from Hancock (CMX) to Omaha (OMA) CMX - OMA

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Drive to Duluth, fly  •  8h 40m

  1. Drive from Thunder Bay to Duluth
  2. Fly from Duluth (DLH) to Omaha (OMA) DLH - OMA

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Drive to Marquette, fly  •  15h 22m

  1. Drive from Thunder Bay to Marquette
  2. Fly from Marquette (MQT) to Omaha (OMA) MQT - OMA

Drive to Hibbing/Chisholm, fly  •  9h 21m

  1. Drive from Thunder Bay to Hibbing/Chisholm
  2. Fly from Hibbing/Chisholm (HIB) to Omaha (OMA) HIB - OMA

Bus, night bus, Amtrak Thruway, train  •  32h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste Marie
  2. Take the night bus from Sault Ste. Marie, MI to Escanaba, MI
  3. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Escanaba, MI to Milwaukee
  4. Take the train from Milwaukee to Chicago Union Station
  5. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Omaha Amtrak Station

Bus, Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails, train  •  33h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste Marie
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from Sault Ste. Marie, MI to Petoskey, MI
  3. Take the bus from Petoskey, MI to East Lansing, MI
  4. Take the train from East Lansing Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
  5. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Omaha Amtrak Station

Bus, Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails  •  38h 34m

  1. Take the bus from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste Marie
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from Sault Ste. Marie, MI to Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Kalamazoo to Chicago
  4. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Omaha, Ne

Bus, night bus  •  34h 49m

  1. Take the bus from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste Marie
  2. Take the night bus from Sault Ste. Marie, MI to Escanaba, MI
  3. Take the night bus from Escanaba Amtrak Bus Stop to Milwaukee
  4. Take the bus from Milwaukee to Chicago
  5. Take the night bus from Chicago, Il to Omaha, Ne

Drive  •  12h 43m

  1. Drive from Thunder Bay to Council Bluffs 714.8 miles
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Council Bluffs is 800-232-4636.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Council Bluffs is recommended.

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The cheapest way to get from Thunder Bay to Council Bluffs is to drive which costs $120 - $180 and takes 12h 43m.

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The fastest way to get from Thunder Bay to Council Bluffs is to drive and fly. Taking this option will cost $170 - $600 and takes 8h 40m.

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The distance between Thunder Bay and Council Bluffs is 592 miles. The road distance is 714.8 miles.

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It takes approximately 16h 5m to get from Thunder Bay to Council Bluffs, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Hancock Airport to Omaha Airport. The quickest flight takes 5h 52m and has one stopover.

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Council Bluffs is 1h behind Thunder Bay. It is currently 2:32 AM in Thunder Bay and 1:32 AM in Council Bluffs.

Yes, the driving distance between Thunder Bay to Council Bluffs is 715 miles. It takes approximately 12h 43m to drive from Thunder Bay to Council Bluffs.

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United Airlines offers flights from Hancock Airport to Omaha Airport.

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There are 117+ hotels available in Council Bluffs. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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  • Distance: 592 miles
  • Duration: 16h 5m

What companies run services between Thunder Bay, ON, Canada and Council Bluffs, IA, USA?

You can take a bus from Thunder Bay to Council Bluffs via Sault Ste Marie, Sault Ste. Marie, MI, Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak, Kalamazoo, Chicago, Chicago, Il, Omaha, Ne, and 13th & Farnam NE in around 38h 34m.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Marquette to Omaha via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$430 - $600
Flights from Marquette to Omaha via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $490
Flights from Marquette to Omaha via Detroit, Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$440 - $600
Flights from Marquette to Omaha via Detroit, Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$470 - $700
Flights from Duluth to Omaha via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $270
Flights from Hibbing/Chisholm to Omaha via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $290
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Hancock to Omaha via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 52m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $450
Flights from Hancock to Omaha via Chicago O'Hare, Houston
Ave. Duration
10h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Hancock to Omaha via Chicago O'Hare, Denver
Ave. Duration
11h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Duluth to Omaha via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $420
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Marquette to Omaha via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Marquette to Omaha via Chicago O'Hare, Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8h 4m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $800
Flights from Marquette to Omaha via Chicago O'Hare, Charlotte
Ave. Duration
9h 4m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
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 Milwaukee to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25
Train from Chicago Union Station to Omaha Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$60 - $85
Premium
$250 - $350
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Business Seat
$120 - $170
Train from East Lansing Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
3h 51m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Premium
$200 - $290
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $95
Business Seat
$60 - $90
Bus operators
Ontario Northland
Phone
+1 800-461-8558
Website
ontarionorthland.ca
Bus from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste Marie
Ave. Duration
9h 55m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$85 - $160
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Ontario Northland
Senior
$85 - $130
Adult
$100 - $160
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Night bus from Sault Ste. Marie, MI to Escanaba, MI
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from Petoskey, MI to East Lansing, MI
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Night bus from Escanaba, MI to Milwaukee, WI
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
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 Escanaba, MI to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Bus from Sault Ste. Marie, MI to Petoskey, MI
Ave. Duration
2h 53m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Bus from Sault Ste. Marie, MI to Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
10h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Night bus from Escanaba Amtrak Bus Stop to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
amtrak.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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Kalamazoo to Chicago
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$21 - $30
Flexible
$40 - $60
Bus from Milwaukee to Chicago
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $23
Flexible
$30 - $50
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