Travel from Chicago to Saint Paul

10h 5min
81 lb of CO2
7h 36min
87 lb of CO2
1h 24min
128 lb of CO2

Chicago to Saint Paul Flights

There are 2 airports — MDW, ORD — that make sense to fly out of from Chicago and 1 airports — MSP — to access Saint Paul. 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 Saint Paul.

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 Saint Paul.Out of the 4 total modes of travel to Saint Paul from Chicago, a flight is the quickest method.
6h 6min
70 lb of CO2

Drive from Chicago to Saint Paul

It's 347 miles between Chicago to Saint Paul. On a typical day, it might take between 6h 6min and 6h 24min from Chicago to Saint Paul under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 6h 43min and costs will only go up due to traffic and congestion to drive to Saint Paul 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 $46.

What is the best way to travel from Chicago to Saint Paul?

The are 11 different ways across 4 unique modes of transportation to help you travel from Chicago to Saint Paul. If you're only considering the price, you should check out the bus out of Chicago towards Minneapolis, as it is the cheapest to Saint Paul. It's common to find tickets for as low as $25. Greyhound operates from Chicago to Saint Paul, 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 Saint Paul?

On your trip from Chicago to Saint Paul, 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.

Chicago to Saint Paul MN - take the train or bus?

It's possible to take either the train or the bus from Chicago to Saint Paul. 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 Saint Paul is that it can be very cheap. That's because they usually have basic accomodations - WiFi and a restroom. Some of the Chicago/Saint Paul 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 Saint Paul 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 Saint Paul? The accomodations, scenery, and lack of Saint Paul 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 Saint Paul 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 Saint Paul?

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

How much does Amtrak cost from Chicago to Saint Paul?

Amtrak costs about $81 between Chicago and Saint Paul. 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 1 miles to Saint Paul.

How long does it take from Chicago to Saint Paul by car?

The total distance between Chicago and Saint Paul is 347 miles and will take you about 6 hours 6 minutes. By car with an average gas consumption rate of 20 mpg or gas costs alone will run you $47.

Chicago to Saint Paul Travel Information

Cheapest Way Bus — $26
Fastest Way Flight — 1h 24min
Eco-Friendly Way Bus — 55 lb CO2
Available Modes 4 modes — bus, train, flight and by car
Distance 347 miles
Travel Companies Greyhound, Amtrak, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines

Travel companies on this route

Greyhound from Chicago to Saint Paul
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Amtrak from Chicago to Saint Paul
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Southwest Airlines from Chicago to Saint Paul
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Spirit Airlines from Chicago to Saint Paul
Spirit Airlines
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