How to travel from Chicago to Los Angeles

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from Chicago to Los Angeles

You can get from Chicago to Los Angeles by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation
flight

To get from Chicago to Los Angeles on Dec 05 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

04:00PMO'Hare International Airport, IL4h28 06:28PMLos Angeles International Airport, CA
0 transfers
2891One-way
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06:00PMO'Hare International Airport, IL15h01 07:01AMLos Angeles International Airport, CA
1 transfer
2241One-way
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05:05AMO'Hare International Airport, IL4h28 07:33AMLos Angeles International Airport, CA
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2891One-way
09:59PMO'Hare International Airport, IL4h29 12:28AMLos Angeles International Airport, CA
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2891One-way
08:35AMO'Hare International Airport, IL4h29 11:04AMLos Angeles International Airport, CA
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3571One-way

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Travel Information from Chicago to Los Angeles

distanceDistance1737 miles (2801 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$178 - $378
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $178 (€168) • 48 h 50 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $378 (€357) • 4 h 15 min
carriersPopular travel companiesGreyhound, Spirit Airlines or Amtrak

Travel 1737 miles (2801 km) by bus, ferry, flight or train from Chicago to Los Angeles. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 4 h 15 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $178 (€168). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Greyhound, Spirit Airlines or Amtrak among others. Travelers can even take a direct train from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Travel Tips: Travel from Chicago to Los Angeles

Travel Tips: Travel to Los Angeles easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Chicago to Los Angeles.
FAQs

There are 4 ways that you can travel between Chicago and Los Angeles. You can take a bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to travel between Chicago and Los Angeles is by taking a bus with an average price of $178 (€168).

This is compared to other travel options to Los Angeles:

Taking a bus is usually $200 (€189) less than taking a flight to Los Angeles, which costs on average $378 (€357) for the same trip.

Taking a bus is about $28 (€26) less than taking a train, which costs on average $206 (€195) for this route.

The fastest way to get to Los Angeles from Chicago is by flight with an average travel time of 4 h 15 min.

Other travel options to Los Angeles can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to Los Angeles by bus can take on average 48 h 50 min.

In comparison, going by train can take 43 h 10 min   on average.

The distance is approximately 1737 miles (2801 km) from Chicago to Los Angeles.

The average frequency per day from Chicago to Los Angeles is:

  • 1 train a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip between Chicago and Los Angeles as scheduled services by bus, ferry, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles:

    If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Chicago to Los Angeles, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

    • Greyhound can take you to Los Angeles by bus. If searching for a good deal on buses, you can find tickets for Greyhound from Chicago to Los Angeles for $178 (€168).
    • Spirit Airlines can get you to Los Angeles by plane. You can find a good deal for plane tickets with Spirit Airlines from Chicago to Los Angeles for $378 (€357) on Omio.
    • Travel with Amtrak to go to Los Angeles by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Amtrak Chicago to Los Angeles tickets on Omio for $206 (€195).

    Yes, there are direct routes from Chicago to Los Angeles with the following travel companies:

    • You can check for a direct train to Los Angeles with Amtrak with 1 direct train per day.

    Direct services to Los Angeles tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your trip.

    Omio customers who travel from Chicago to Los Angeles often also extend their vacation to go to Paris, Madrid or London. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Los Angeles and these popular destinations at a great price.

    Before traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles, it’s good to know what ticket you can book and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

    • A bus ticket is costing on average $178 (€168) one way for this route.
    • A plane ticket costs $378 (€357) one way on average for this journey.
    • A train ticket for this route is costing $206 (€195) one way on average.

    But we recommend booking Chicago to Los Angeles tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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