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Transportation options to chicago?

roderickroderick Posts: 1,484Registered User Senior Member
Can someone tell me how a student can get to chicago from UM ? train? bus? plane? how far to the airport, bus, or train station?

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  • roderickroderick Posts: 1,484Registered User Senior Member
    wd a student need a car?

    finally, how far to the town of ann arbor from campus?

    I did find the link , which helps. any other info wd be appreciated.

  • Bc2015Bc2015 Posts: 306Registered User Junior Member
    my friend and I actually took Amtrak from Ann Arbor to Chicago last year; took a while what with all the stops but it was fun. Wasn't ridiculously expensive IIRC.
  • bearcatsbearcats Posts: 4,354Registered User Senior Member
    plane ticket on priceline is sometimes cheaper than amtrak
  • violetsquirrelvioletsquirrel Posts: 26Registered User New Member
    There's also the megabus, which goes directly from Ann Arbor to Chicago--I think it's about the same travelling time as the amtrak (4 hours or something like that), and it can be as low as 20$ one way.
  • vincehvinceh Posts: 2,291Registered User Senior Member
    I would recommend against a car. Parking is a pain in the neck and the city seems to enjoy writing parking tickets.

    Main campus is in town. North Campus is a short UM bus ride away (5 minutes).

    Megabus can be picked up at a Park & Ride (also serviced by free UM shuttles I believe) on the south side of town. The bus runs to Union Station in Chicago.

    Amtrak has an Ann Arbor station located on the north side of town within walking distance to off campus student housing. I wouldn't want to walk it with a lot of luggage but there are usually taxis around the station when the trains come in. I also wouldn't be surprised if the shuttle buses ran down there as well. The train also runs to Union Station Chicago. Though it being Amtrak, you trip can take anywhere from 4 to 14 hours.

    Detroit Metro Airport is about 30 miles away and is serviced by many pay shuttle services.

    The train station is closest to campus, though the airport shuttles can probably drop you right onto campus as well. If you're flying into Chicago it may be only slightly more expensive to add the leg to Detroit.
  • bearcatsbearcats Posts: 4,354Registered User Senior Member
    oh one caviat to the plane option: You might be sexually assaulted, legally, by TSA agents.
  • newperspectivenewperspective Posts: 107Registered User Junior Member
    I would recommend train. That is how my Model UN team is traveling from Chicago to Ann Arbor.
  • res ipsares ipsa Posts: 1,943Registered User Senior Member
    The train is usually the most convenient. vinceh's info is pretty good. 14 hours would be highly unlikely. It usually ends up being between 5 and 6 hours. The train is usually late.

    You can also look for a ride. There are a lot of U-M students from the Chicago area going back and forth especially during breaks.

    You definitely do not need a car in Ann Arbor so I would not look into getting one. If you have one I would still consider leaving it home for the first year because there are not any good options for parking. After the first year you can decide if there is a convenient place to keep it. It is definitely a luxury but it was nice not having to walk outside when it was below -20.
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