There are 7 ways to get from Traverse City to Chicago by plane, car, bus or train

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 Traverse City to Chicago O'Hare  •  2 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Traverse City (TVC) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) TVC - ORD

$166 - $622

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Bus  •  10 h 42 min

  1. Take the bus from Traverse City, MI to Grand Rapids 1484
  2. Take the bus from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago Union Station 1482-33 / ...

$54 - $80

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Fly Traverse City to Chicago Midway  •  3 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Traverse City (TVC) to Chicago Midway (MDW) TVC - MDW

$146 - $721

Drive to Manistee, fly to Chicago Midway  •  2 h 54 min

  1. Drive from Traverse City to Manistee
  2. Fly from Manistee (MBL) to Chicago Midway (MDW) MBL - MDW

$68 - $182

Bus, Amtrak Thruway  •  9 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Traverse City, MI to Grand Rapids
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Grand Rapids, MI to Kalamazoo, MI
  3. Take the bus from Kalamazoo, Mi to Chicago, Il

Bus, train  •  9 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Traverse City, MI to Grand Rapids 1484
  2. Take the train from Grand Rapids Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Pere Marquette

$59 - $125

Drive  •  5 h 24 min

  1. Drive from Traverse City to Chicago 318.9 miles

$30 - $45

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Traverse City to Chicago. However, there are services departing from Traverse City, MI and arriving at Chicago, Il via Grand Rapids, MI and Kalamazoo, Mi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 28 min.

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The distance between Traverse City and Chicago is 225 miles. The road distance is 318.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Traverse City to Chicago without a car is to bus and Amtrak Thruway which takes 9 h 28 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 11 min to get from Traverse City to Chicago, including transfers.

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Traverse City to Chicago bus services, operated by Indian Trails, depart from Traverse City, MI station.

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The best way to get from Traverse City to Chicago is to fly which takes 2 h 11 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus and Amtrak Thruway, which costs and takes 9 h 28 min.

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

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

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Chicago is 1 h behind Traverse City. It is currently 8:57 PM in Traverse City and 7:57 PM in Chicago.

Yes, the driving distance between Traverse City to Chicago is 319 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 24 min to drive from Traverse City to Chicago.

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Map of how to get from Traverse City to Chicago.
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  • Distance: 224.8 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 11 min

What companies run services between Traverse City, MI, USA and Chicago, IL, USA?

United Airlines and American Airlines fly from Traverse City to Chicago every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Traverse City to Chicago via Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, MI, Kalamazoo, MI, and Kalamazoo, Mi in around 9 h 28 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Traverse City to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Traverse City to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Traverse City to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Traverse City to Chicago Midway via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 24 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Regional Sky
Website
regionalsky.com
Flights from Manistee to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$23 - $200
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 Grand Rapids Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Business Coach Seat
$65 - $95
Room
$190 - $270
Bus operators
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Traverse City, MI to Grand Rapids
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Grand Rapids, MI to Kalamazoo, MI
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
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.

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 Kalamazoo, Mi to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Traverse City Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport.

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The best way to get from Traverse City to Traverse City Airport is to taxi which takes 7 min and costs .

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