Atlanta to Chicago Travel Information

Cheapest Way Bus — $36
Fastest Way Flight — 1h 54min
Eco-Friendly Way Bus — 88 lb CO2
Available Modes 4 modes — bus, train, flight and by car
Distance 587 miles
Travel Companies Greyhound, Amtrak, Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United
Bus
$36 · 16h 45min · 93 lb of CO2
Atlanta to Chicago
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Train
$218 · 1d 2h 10min · 286 lb of CO2
ATL to CHI
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Flight
$58 · 1h 54min · 172 lb of CO2
ATL to MDW
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Atlanta to Chicago Flights

There are 1 airports — ATL — that make sense to fly out of from Atlanta and 2 airports — MDW, ORD — to access Chicago. The best deals are usually found by flying out of ATL.

Southwest Airlines, United, Spirit Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Alaska Airlines operate flights which can help you travel from Atlanta to Chicago.

The cheapest way by air is via Spirit Airlines and flies from Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Intl (ATL) to Chicago Ohare Intl (ORD). Southwest Airlines flies from Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Intl (ATL) to Chicago Ohare Intl (ORD) and is the quickest flight to get you from Atlanta to Chicago.Out of the 4 total modes of travel to Chicago from Atlanta, a flight is the quickest method.
Drive
$79 · 10h 6min · 115 lb of CO2
Atlanta to Chicago

Drive from Atlanta to Chicago

It's 587 miles between Atlanta to Chicago. On a typical day, it might take between 10h 6min and 10h 37min from Atlanta to Chicago under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 11h 7min and costs will only go up due to traffic and congestion to drive to Chicago by car. In these situations, we would highly recommend public transit if available.

We estimate driving cost by using a 20 mpg fuel economy, fuel costing $2.70 per US gallon, the one-way cost of the drive, excluding tolls, may be about $79.

What is the best way to travel from Atlanta to Chicago?

Because Chicago is so far away from Atlanta, we recommend simply booking a flight. Other options to Chicago do exist, but going by plane will save you valuable time. Greyhound operates from Atlanta to Chicago, so you book your trip with them! Book as soon as you can, as there may be limited availability.

When to book trip from Atlanta to Chicago?

For these medium length trips, it's important to book your tickets as soon as possible. While there are bus, train, flight or by car transportation options available, the sooner to book the better. While prices for buses or trains might not fluctuate as much as flights, their availability certainly will. It's recommended to book these flights at least 2 weeks away, but even more if you are able.

Is the train or the bus better from Atlanta to Chicago IL?

It's possible to take either the train or the bus from Atlanta to Chicago. There are quite a few things to consider for each. On a positive note, be glad you have the choice! Further, whenever you avoid driving - you don't have to worry about parking, focusing on the road. Additionally - you can focus on reading, work, or just relax.

While buses have recently gotten bad coverage because of cleanliness of bus stations or winter time accidents, they are can be very convenient for travel. The best part about traveling by bus to Chicago is that it can be very cheap. That's because they usually have basic accomodations - WiFi and a restroom. Some of the Atlanta/Chicago buses' coverage has been overstated. The real thing to consider when taking a bus from Atlanta is to consider the time of travel and the density of the cities that you're traveling to. If you are traveling by bus between Atlanta GA and Chicago during high traffic times, you can expect to have your trip altered significantly due to traffic. Further, if you are traveling during winter, the bus schedule might be thrown off due to inclimate winter weather. Be sure to plan accordingly!

The plus side of taking the train from Atlanta to Chicago? The accomodations, scenery, and lack of Chicago traffic can usually be on point. Moreover, you can usually expect your average concessions - such as food and drinks. Most trains have WiFi these days as well. The worst part about trains are the price. While the train to Chicago is often cheaper than flying, they are generally more expensive than buses. Train prices are usually set and do not vary as much as bus prices or flights or so the likelihood of finding discounts is pretty rare.

What's the cheapest way from Atlanta to Chicago?

The absolute cheapest way to travel from Atlanta to Chicago is by bus. The bus costs $36 roughly and will take 16 hours 45 minutes.

Does Amtrak go from Atlanta to Chicago?

Yes, Amtrak has serivce between Atlanta area and Chicago, but there is no direct route. In total, it will take roughly 1 day 2 hours 10 minutes. We recommend catching the train at ATL Atlanta Amtrak, which is about 4 miles from Atlanta. Also with this train or you will have to make a connection at WAS Washington, NOL New Orleans, NYP New York City.

How long does it take from Atlanta to Chicago by car?

The total distance between Atlanta and Chicago is 587 miles and will take you about 10 hours 6 minutes. By car with an average gas consumption rate of 20 mpg or gas costs alone will run you $79.

Travel companies on this route

Bus
Greyhound Greyhound from Atlanta to Chicago
Useful Links Greyhound Contact Page Greyhound Bustracker Website
Customer Service1-214-849-8966
Customer Service Español1-800-531-5332
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Train
Amtrak Amtrak from Atlanta to Chicago
Useful Links Map Coverage Schedule Pet Policy Website
Customer Service and Reservations1-800-872-7245
International Visitors215-856-7952
Group Travel Requests1-800-872-1477
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Flight
Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines from Atlanta to Chicago
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Frontier Airlines Frontier Airlines from Atlanta to Chicago
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Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines from Atlanta to Chicago
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Spirit Airlines Spirit Airlines from Atlanta to Chicago
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United United from Atlanta to Chicago
Useful Links Map Reservations Coverage Baggage Website
Reservations1-800-864-8331
Damaged, Delayed, or Lost Luggage & Lost Items1-800-335-2247
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