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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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Wed
Sep 22
$261Amtrak
$188Greyhound
$152Spirit Airlines
Thu
Sep 23
$164Amtrak
$144Greyhound
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Fri
Sep 24
$163Amtrak
$166Greyhound
$45Spirit Airlines
Sat
Sep 25
$200Amtrak
$153Greyhound
$32Spirit Airlines
Mon
Sep 27
$259Amtrak
$153Greyhound
$32Spirit Airlines
Tue
Sep 28
$164Amtrak
$150Greyhound
$32Spirit Airlines

Travel Information from Chicago to Los Angeles

distanceDistance1737 miles (2801 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight, bus or train
priceTicket price range$32 - $163
cheapestCheapest modeFlight • $32 (€26) • 4 h 23 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $32 (€26) • 4 h 23 min
carriersPopular travel companiesSpirit Airlines, Greyhound or Amtrak

Take a flight, bus or train to travel 1737 miles (2801 km) between Chicago and Los Angeles. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 4 h 23 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a flight is the best option with prices starting as low as $32 (€26). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Spirit Airlines, Greyhound or Amtrak among others. Travelers can even take a direct from Chicago to Los Angeles.

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FAQs
How do I go from Chicago to Los Angeles?

You can travel between Chicago and Los Angeles 3 different ways: flight, bus or train.

What is the cheapest way from Chicago to Los Angeles?

The cheapest way to go to Los Angeles from Chicago is by taking a flight, which costs on average $32 (€26).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Los Angeles:

A flight is generally $111 (€88) less than a bus for the same trip. Taking a bus costs on average $143 (€114) from Chicago to Los Angeles.

A flight is $131 (€104) less than a train for this route with tickets for a train from Chicago to Los Angeles costing on average $163 (€130).

What is the fastest way from Chicago to Los Angeles?

The fastest way from Chicago to Los Angeles is by flight with an average journey time of 4 h 23 min.

There are alternative travel options to Los Angeles that can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 48 h 50 min   of travel time.

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

How far is it from Chicago to Los Angeles?

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

How many scheduled departures are there a day 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 journey from Chicago to Los Angeles as scheduled services by flight, bus 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 companies can take me 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:

    • Travel with Spirit Airlines for flights to Los Angeles. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Spirit Airlines Chicago to Los Angeles tickets on Omio for $32 (€26).
    • 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 $143 (€114).
    • 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 $163 (€130).
    Where else should I travel to after my journey from Chicago to Los Angeles ends?
    Your trip from Chicago to Los Angeles doesn't have to end in Los Angeles. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Paris, Madrid or London. If you’d like to add Paris, Madrid or London to your Chicago to Los Angeles tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Los Angeles today!
    How early should I book Chicago to Los Angeles tickets online to score the best deals?

    When planning your trip from Chicago to Los Angeles, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

    • Plane tickets cost $32 (€26) one way on average.
    • Bus tickets are costing $143 (€114) one way on average.
    • Train tickets are costing on average $163 (€130) one way.

    However, we recommend buying tickets from Chicago to Los Angeles online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.