Indianapolis to Chicago

Buses, Trains, Flights, Drive

cheapest quickest Eco-Friendly
Bus$20 | 3h 10min Flight$91 | 1h 4min Bus18 lb of CO2
  1. Bus$20
    3h 10min · 18 lb of CO2
  2. Train$45
    3h 48min · 42 lb of CO2
  3. Flight$67
    1h 4min · 98 lb of CO2
  4. Drive$22
    3h 3min · 35 lb of CO2

Indianapolis to Chicago Buses

bus tickets from Indianapolis to Chicago

$20 · 3h 10min

Bus to Chicago

Hoosier RideHoosier Ride Indianapolis to Chicago
Bus Tickets
About $40
Travel Duration
9h 15min
GreyhoundGreyhound Indianapolis to Chicago
Bus Tickets
About $20
Travel Duration
3h 10min

bus tickets from Indianapolis to Markham

$37 · 4h 35min
Various bus companies
Oneway
About $37
Travel Duration
4h 35min

bus tickets from Indianapolis to Hammond

$40 · 8h 50min

Bus to Hammond

Hoosier RideHoosier Ride Indianapolis to Hammond
Bus Tickets
About $40
Travel Duration
8h 50min

bus tickets from Greenfield to Chicago

$41 · 5h 11min
Various bus companies
Oneway
About $41
Travel Duration
5h 11min

Indianapolis to Chicago Trains

train tickets from Indianapolis to Chicago

$49 · 3h 48min
AmtrakAmtrak IND train to CHI
Train Tickets
About $49
Travel Duration
3h 48min

train tickets from Indianapolis to Glenview

$52 · 4h 10min
AmtrakAmtrak IND train to GLN
Train Tickets
About $52
Travel Duration
4h 10min

train tickets from Indianapolis to Homewood

$53 · 4h 18min
AmtrakAmtrak IND train to HMW
Train Tickets
About $53
Travel Duration
4h 18min

train tickets from Indianapolis to Dyer

$45 · 3h 13min
AmtrakAmtrak IND train to DYE
Train Tickets
About $45
Travel Duration
3h 13min

Indianapolis to Chicago Flights

bus tickets from IND to MDW

$91 · 1h 4min

Flight to MDW

Southwest AirlinesSouthwest Airlines IND to MDW
Oneway
About $91
Travel Duration
1h 4min

bus tickets from IND to ORD

$67 · 1h 13min

Flight to ORD

UnitedUnited IND to ORD
Oneway
About $67
Travel Duration
1h 13min
Alaska AirlinesAlaska Airlines IND to ORD
Oneway
About $1,279
Travel Duration
16h 5min

Drive from Indianapolis to Chicago

Driving from Indianapolis to Chicago

$22 · 3h 3min

It's 164 miles between Indianapolis to Chicago. On a typical day, it might take between 3h 3min and 3h 12min from Indianapolis to Chicago under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 3h 21min 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 $22.

Our recommendation to Chicago

Book as soon as you can, as there may be limited availability.

When to book trip from Indianapolis to Chicago?

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.

Indianapolis to Chicago IL - take the train or bus?

It's possible to take either the train or the bus from Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis/Chicago buses' coverage has been overstated. The real thing to consider when taking a bus from Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis IN 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 Indianapolis 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.

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

The total distance between Indianapolis and Chicago is 164 miles and will take you about 3 hours 3 minutes. By car with an average gas consumption rate of 20 mpg or gas costs alone will run you $22.

Travel companies on this route

Greyhound from Indianapolis to Chicago
Greyhound
Bus company
1 routes
Amtrak from Indianapolis to Chicago
Amtrak
Train company
19015 routes
Hoosier Ride from Indianapolis to Chicago
Hoosier Ride
Bus company
139 routes
Alaska Airlines from Indianapolis to Chicago
Alaska Airlines
Airline
848 routes
Southwest Airlines from Indianapolis to Chicago
Southwest Airlines
Airline
283 routes
United from Indianapolis to Chicago
United
Airline
2002 routes