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from Chicago to Los Angeles

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

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Travel Information between Chicago and Los Angeles

distanceDistance1737 miles (2801 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight or train
priceTicket price range$216 - $320
cheapestCheapest modeFlight • $216 (€178) • 4 h 15 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $216 (€178) • 4 h 15 min
carriersPopular travel companiesGreyhound, Spirit Airlines or Amtrak

Travel 1737 miles (2801 km) by bus, flight or train to Los Angeles from Chicago. 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 flight is the best option with prices starting as low as $216 (€178). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Greyhound, Spirit Airlines or Amtrak among others. Travelers can even take a direct from Chicago to Los Angeles.

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FAQs

What are the ways to get from Chicago to Los Angeles?

There are 3 ways that you can travel to Los Angeles from Chicago. You can take a bus, flight or train.

What is the cheapest way to go from Chicago to Los Angeles?

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Los Angeles is by taking a flight. You can find average ticket prices around $216 (€178) compared to other travel options to Los Angeles:

A flight is $3 (€2) less than a bus for this trip with tickets for a bus from Chicago to Los Angeles costing on average $218 (€180).

A flight is generally $104 (€85) less than a train for the same journey. Taking a train costs on average $320 (€263) from Chicago to Los Angeles.

What is the quickest way to get from Chicago to Los Angeles?

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, taking a train requires on average 43 h 10 min   of travel time.

What is the distance from Chicago to Los Angeles?

Los Angeles is approximately 1737 miles (2801 km) away from Chicago.

How many services a day are there between Chicago and Los Angeles?

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

  • Around 1 train per day.

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

When traveling between Chicago and Los Angeles, what are the departure and arrival points in Chicago and Los Angeles?

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

    Which travel operators can get me to Los Angeles from Chicago?

    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 $218 (€180).
    • 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 $216 (€178) on Omio.
    • Amtrak can take you to Los Angeles by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for Amtrak from Chicago to Los Angeles for $320 (€263).

    What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip from Chicago to Los Angeles?

    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.

    How far in advance should I purchase tickets to Los Angeles from Chicago online to get the best deals?

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

    • A bus ticket is costing on average $218 (€180) one way for this journey.
    • A plane ticket is costing on average $216 (€178) one way for this route.
    • A train ticket costs $320 (€263) one way on average for this route.

    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.