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from Los Angeles to Chicago

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

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Travel Information to Chicago from Los Angeles

distanceDistance1737 miles (2801 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight or train
priceTicket price range$43 - $157
cheapestCheapest modeFlight • $43 (€36) • 4 h 4 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $43 (€36) • 4 h 4 min
carriersPopular travel companiesGreyhound, Spirit Airlines or Amtrak

Take a bus, flight or train to travel 1737 miles (2801 km) to Chicago from Los Angeles. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 4 h 4 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a flight is the best option with prices starting as low as $43 (€36). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Greyhound, Spirit Airlines or Amtrak among others. Travelers can even take a direct from Los Angeles to Chicago.

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FAQs
How do I reach Chicago from Los Angeles?

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

What is the cheapest way to travel between Los Angeles and Chicago?

The cheapest way to go to Chicago from Los Angeles is by taking a flight, which costs on average $43 (€36).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Chicago:

Taking a flight is usually $103 (€86) less than taking a bus to Chicago, which costs on average $146 (€122) for the same trip.

A flight is generally $114 (€95) less than a train for the same journey. Taking a train costs on average $157 (€131) from Los Angeles to Chicago.

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

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

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

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 49 h   of travel time.

In comparison, taking a train requires on average 42 h 50 min   of travel time.

How far is it from Los Angeles to Chicago?

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

How many services a day are there from Los Angeles to Chicago?

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

  • 2 trains a day.

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

Where do people depart from and arrive in when traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago?

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

    Which travel companies can help me find a way to get from Los Angeles to Chicago?

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

    • Greyhound can take you to Chicago by bus. If searching for a good deal on buses, you can find tickets for Greyhound from Los Angeles to Chicago for $146 (€122).
    • Spirit Airlines can take you to Chicago by plane. If searching for a good deal on flights, you can find tickets for Spirit Airlines from Los Angeles to Chicago for $43 (€36).
    • Amtrak can take you to Chicago by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for Amtrak from Los Angeles to Chicago for $157 (€131).
    What other destinations are worth visiting after traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago?
    Looking to extend your trip from Los Angeles to Chicago? Many Omio customers who go from Los Angeles to Chicago usually extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like New York City, London or Paris. If you're looking to explore New York City, London or Paris from Chicago, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.
    How far in advance should I purchase my Los Angeles to Chicago one way ticket online to get the best deals?

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

    • Bus tickets cost $146 (€122) one way on average.
    • Plane tickets are costing on average $43 (€36) one way.
    • Train tickets cost $157 (€131) one way on average.

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