Buses, Flights, Trains, Drive
|Bus$26 | 10h 5min||Flight$67 | 1h 24min||Bus55 lb of CO2|
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.
Book as soon as you can, as there may be limited availability.
For short-haul trips, it's 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.
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.