Indianapolis to Chicago Travel Information

Cheapest Way Bus — $20
Fastest Way Flight — 1h 4min
Eco-Friendly Way Bus — 18 lb CO2
Available Modes 4 modes — bus, train, flight and by car
Distance 164 miles
Travel Companies Greyhound, Amtrak, Hoosier Ride, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United
Bus
$20 · 3h 10min · 18 lb of CO2
Indianapolis to Chicago
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Train
$45 · 3h 13min · 42 lb of CO2
IND to CHI
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Flight
$67 · 1h 4min · 98 lb of CO2
IND to MDW
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Indianapolis to Chicago Flights

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

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

The cheapest way by air is via United and flies from Indianapolis Intl (IND) to Chicago Ohare Intl (ORD). Southwest Airlines flies from Indianapolis Intl (IND) to Chicago Ohare Intl (ORD) and is the quickest flight to get you from Indianapolis to Chicago.Out of the 4 total modes of travel to Chicago from Indianapolis, a flight is the quickest method.
Drive
$22 · 3h 3min · 35 lb of CO2
Indianapolis to Chicago

Drive from Indianapolis to Chicago

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.

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

The are 11 different ways across 4 unique modes of transportation to help you travel from Indianapolis to Chicago. If you're only considering the price, you should check out the bus out of Indianapolis towards Chicago, as it is the cheapest to Chicago. It's common to find tickets for as low as $20. Greyhound operates from Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis to Chicago?

On your trip from Indianapolis to Chicago, 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 Indianapolis to Chicago IL?

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.

What's the cheapest way from Indianapolis to Chicago?

The absolute cheapest way to travel from Indianapolis to Chicago is by bus. The bus costs $20 roughly and will take 3 hours 10 minutes.

How much does Amtrak cost from Indianapolis to Chicago?

Amtrak costs about $49 between Indianapolis and Chicago. In total, the train will take roughly 3 hours 48 minutes and there are no connections that you will have to make. We recommend catching the train at IND Indianapolis Amtrak, which is 1 miles from Indianapolis. Further, once you arrive at CHI Chicago Union Station or you will still have 3 miles to Chicago.

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

Bus
Greyhound Greyhound from Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis 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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Bus
Hoosier Ride Hoosier Ride from Indianapolis to Chicago
Useful Links Reservations Map Coverage Website
General800-544-2383
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Flight
Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines from Indianapolis to Chicago
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Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines from Indianapolis to Chicago
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United United from Indianapolis 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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