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    Business travelers who make frequent trips to nearby cities like Chicago are faced with a tough decision: What’s the best way to get there? Bearing in mind cost, convenience and time away from the office, it’s not an easy call.

    Grand Rapids To Chicago

       

    Time (one way)

       

    Roundtrip Cost**

       

    Convenience

       

    Work while traveling?

    Charter Flight

    (incl. ground trans. downtown)

    1 hour

    (45 min. flight, 15 min. ground trans.)

    High

    ($3,000-$3,500)

    Very convenient

    Laptop

    No cell phone use on plane

    Drive

    3 hours

    Low ($40)

    Convenient

    Cell phone only

    Commercial Flight (incl. ground trans. downtown)

    3 hours (1 hour flight, 2 hours security, waiting, ground trans.)

    Varied

    ($125 – $1,500)

    Slightly inconvenient

    Laptop

    No cell phone use on plane

    Taxi

    3 hours

    High ($600)

    Very convenient

    Laptop

    Cell phone

    Drive/Train*

    3-4 hours

    Low ($50)

    Convenient

    Laptop (on train)

    Cell phone

    Train

    4 hours

    Low ($80)

    Convenient

    Laptop

    Bus

    5 hours

    Low ($60)

    Slightly inconvenient

    Laptop

    Cell phone

    Drive/Ferry/Drive

    (Seasonal)

    5+ hours

    Moderate ($235)

    Slightly inconvenient

    Laptop (on ferry)

    Cell phone

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