Chicago to Minneapolis Travel Information

Cheapest Way Bus — $26
Fastest Way Flight — 1h 24min
Eco-Friendly Way Bus — 55 lb CO2
Available Modes 4 modes — bus, flight, train and by car
Distance 355 miles
Travel Companies Greyhound, Amtrak, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines
Bus
$26 · 10h 5min · 56 lb of CO2
Chicago to Minneapolis
+4 more options
$
Flight
$40 · 1h 24min · 128 lb of CO2
MDW to MSP
+1 more option

Chicago to Minneapolis Flights

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

Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines operate flights which can help you travel from Chicago to Minneapolis.

The cheapest way by air is via Spirit Airlines and flies from Chicago Ohare Intl (ORD) to Minneapolis St Paul Intl (MSP). Southwest Airlines flies from Chicago Ohare Intl (ORD) to Minneapolis St Paul Intl (MSP) and is the quickest flight to get you from Chicago to Minneapolis.Out of the 4 total modes of travel to Minneapolis from Chicago, a flight is the quickest method.
Train
$78 · 7h 36min · 87 lb of CO2
CHI to MSP
+3 more options
Drive
$48 · 6h 14min · 71 lb of CO2
Chicago to Minneapolis

Drive from Chicago to Minneapolis

It's 355 miles between Chicago to Minneapolis. On a typical day, it might take between 6h 14min and 6h 33min from Chicago to Minneapolis under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 6h 52min and costs will only go up due to traffic and congestion to drive to Minneapolis 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 $47.

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

The are 11 different ways across 4 unique modes of transportation to help you travel from Chicago to Minneapolis. If you're only considering the price, you should check out the bus out of Chicago towards Minneapolis, as it is the cheapest to Minneapolis. It's common to find tickets for as low as $25. Greyhound operates from Chicago to Minneapolis, so you book your trip with them! Book as soon as you can, as there may be limited availability.

When to book trip from Chicago to Minneapolis?

On your trip from Chicago to Minneapolis, it is best to book as soon as possible. It won't necessarily help reduce your price by a large amount, but will ensure that you have a spot on the bus or train.

Is the train or the bus better from Chicago to Minneapolis MN?

It's possible to take either the train or the bus from Chicago to Minneapolis. 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 Minneapolis is that it can be very cheap. That's because they usually have basic accomodations - WiFi and a restroom. Some of the Chicago/Minneapolis buses' coverage has been overstated. The real thing to consider when taking a bus from Chicago 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 Chicago IL and Minneapolis 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 Chicago to Minneapolis? The accomodations, scenery, and lack of Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis 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 Chicago to Minneapolis?

The absolute cheapest way to travel from Chicago to Minneapolis is by bus. The bus costs $26 roughly and will take 10 hours 5 minutes.

How much does Amtrak cost from Chicago to Minneapolis?

Amtrak costs about $81 between Chicago and Minneapolis. In total, the train will take roughly 7 hours 57 minutes and there are no connections that you will have to make. We recommend catching the train at CHI Chicago Union Station, which is 3 miles from Chicago. Further, once you arrive at MSP St. Paul-Minneapolis Midway Station or you will still have 9 miles to Minneapolis.

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

The total distance between Chicago and Minneapolis is 355 miles and will take you about 6 hours 14 minutes. By car with an average gas consumption rate of 20 mpg or gas costs alone will run you $48.

Travel companies on this route

Bus
Greyhound Greyhound from Chicago to Minneapolis
Useful Links Greyhound Contact Page Greyhound Bustracker Website
Customer Service1-214-849-8966
Customer Service Español1-800-531-5332
Social
Train
Amtrak Amtrak from Chicago to Minneapolis
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
Social
Flight
Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines from Chicago to Minneapolis
Flight
Spirit Airlines Spirit Airlines from Chicago to Minneapolis