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About Champaign

A significant hub for the Silicone Prairie, Champaign is a stunning city with many exciting landmarks to visit. The downtown area of Champaign is perhaps its busiest area, with over 40 different bars, art galleries, and boutique shops for you to enjoy. To enjoy arthouse films or independent productions, head over to the Art Theater, which also hosts special screenings. The campustown area near the University of Illinois hosts not only cheap eateries but also fine dining spots. The area tends to get crowded at night since students will be out on the street to enjoy the hopping nightlife.

As a busy college town, Champaign naturally has a very vibrant food scene with many excellent dining options. Radio Maria is a unique Spanish establishment with very colorful Spanish decorations and amazing tapas dishes. Those who want something more exotic and exciting could check out DESTIHL, which offers unique home-cooked dishes and great artisan beers.

The Illinois Terminal is Champaign's primary bus and train station, served by Amtrak, Burlington Trailways, Jefferson Lines, Peoria Charter, and Greyhound. From Champaign, you can continue your journey and visit some of the other top destinations in Illinois.

Station Information

Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave  - CHMAMT-0

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The Illinois Terminal is located at 45 East University Avenue in Champaign. The transport center opened in 1999, and now provides bus and train service in the Champaign-Urbana area. The terminal is served by Amtrak, Burlington Trailways, Greyhound, Peoria Charter, Jefferson Lines, and local mass transit. Make sure to wait in the correct station building; Champaign’s old train station, dating to 1898, is just across the street. The Illinois Terminal offers short-term parking, fast food, and even meeting spaces and banquet halls. Thanks to the station’s convenient location, some of the best restaurants and bars in downtown Champaign are just a short walk away.

Popular bus stations in Champaign:

  • Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave

  • Pilot Travel center

  • Panda Express - Corner of Green St and Wright St

What bus companies travel to Champaign, Illinois?

Located in Illinois, Champaign is accessible by bus from 339 other cities. You can choose from 584 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Champaign on Wanderu. FlixBus US usually has the most buses on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Train tickets to Champaign are also available..

Bus companies serving Champaign

BusRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US6171d 8h 3m$290.72
Greyhound5201d 4h 4m$279.40
Tornado Bus4313h 21m$193.09
Burlington Trailways307h 21m$114.85
El Expreso Bus514h 58m$206.64
Jefferson Lines41d 3h 2m$210.20
OurBus43h 15m$41.26
  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment.

  • Greyhound


    Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound buses are outfitted with power outlets, free WiFi, restrooms, and air conditioning for your comfort.

  • Tornado Bus

    Tornado Bus

    Tornado Bus is a Texan bus company operating in Texas and Mexico. Their bus service connects cities such as Houston, McAllen, San Antonio, and the international border at El Paso. Their buses offer onboard WiFi, plenty of leg room, air conditioning, restrooms, and power outlets.

  • Burlington Trailways

    Burlington Trailways

    As part of the Trailways network, Burlington Trailways offers intercity bus service across various states in the Midwest, plus stops in major cities like Chicago and Denver. Passengers love traveling on Trailways buses because of the high-end amenities onboard, including satellite TV, power outlets at every seat, and clean restrooms. Burlington Trailways is also known for the best free Wi-Fi and its helpful, friendly crew.

  • El Expreso Bus

    El Expreso Bus

    El Expreso Bus, a sub-brand of Tornado Bus Company, operates intercity bus trips in the United States, plus several routes that cross the border into Mexico. The carrier’s professional and helpful staff are often fluent in both English and Spanish. El Expreso buses feature comfortable seats, onboard restrooms, power outlets, and free WiFi.

  • Jefferson Lines

    Jefferson Lines

    Jefferson Lines is a well-established intercity bus company with service to some of the Midwest’s top travel destinations. As one of the United States’ largest bus service providers, Jefferson Lines is beloved by students, commuters, and vacationers in America’s heartland. Travel with Jefferson Lines is comfortable thanks to reclining seats, individual climate controls, restrooms, and free WiFi. You can even check the status of your trip with their bus tracker tool.

  • OurBus


    OurBus is an intercity bus company based in New York City. OurBus provides cheap bus tickets to some of the most popular cities in the United States. All OurBus coaches come equipped with a generous roster of amenities, including extra legroom, freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and complimentary bottled water. With cheap bus tickets, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

Which bus carrier has the best service to Champaign?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Champaign by bus with Burlington Trailways giving them a 4.4 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Burlington Trailways had the most comfortable bus service to Champaign taking into account the seats and amenities that Burlington Trailways offers. They rate Burlington Trailways a 4.4 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Champaign punctually, travelers suggest that Peoria Charter has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to Champaign, rating them a 4.6 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a bus ticket to Champaign?

$19.19 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Champaign, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Champaign. In the last month, buses from Danville to Champaign had the lowest average price at $19.19. The bus from Danville to Champaign also tends to start at relatively low prices.

Where is the bus station in Champaign, IL?

The busiest bus station in Champaign is Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in Champaign are:

  • Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave
  • Pilot Travel center
  • Panda Express - Corner of Green St and Wright St

What is the closest airport to Champaign, IL?

The closest airport to Champaign is University of Illinois Willard Airport (CMI), it is located 5.7 miles from the city center of Champaign.

Is Champaign a popular bus travel destination?

Champaign ranks number 19 among most popular bus destinations in the region. It also ranks number 554 in United States. Champaign ranks number 12 in the region in terms of the number of destinations that connect to Champaign via bus service. On average 33 direct daily bus trips serve Champaign.

What is the population of Champaign?

The population of Champaign is 86096. Champaign ranks number 11 in terms of population in Illinois and number 380 in all of United States.

How much do bus tickets to Champaign cost?

Bus tickets to Champaign range from $19 for a short trip to Champaign, while a 60 to 200 mile bus trip to Champaign starts at , and a longer trip by bus to Champaign can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $25.

What type of traveler does Champaign attract?

People who take the bus to Champaign are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a bus last minute make taking a bus to Champaign easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.

What bus station is located closest to the city center of Champaign?

The closest bus station to the city center of Champaign is Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave, located just 0.1 miles away. Select Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Champaign. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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