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Washington DC to Chicago bus - cost & duration
|Fastest time||20h 20m|
|Trips per day||6|
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by bus from Washington to Chicago right now?
We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.
Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.
In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.
How much is a bus ticket from Washington DC to Chicago?
Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, £51.39 was the low point for bus fares from Washington to Chicago. Buses from Chicago to Washington DC are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than £51.39 could be considered a great deal.
The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 25 days in advance. By doing so, you could save £34.22 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.
How long is the bus ride?
The bus usually takes around 24 hours and 42 minutes to cover the 594 miles (955 kilometers) from Washington, DC to Chicago, IL. However, the fastest bus only takes 20 hours and 20 minutes. The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.
What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?
With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for bus travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.
On the other hand, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.
When do the earliest and latest buses leave Washington DC?
The first bus leaves at 3:00am and the last bus leaves at 5:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Washington DC to Chicago, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
How many buses are there each day?
There are 6 scheduled buses that travel from Washington DC to Chicago every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. However, only one of these is a direct bus. With direct service, you do not have to transfer onto a different bus at any point during your trip. Direct buses also tend to be significantly faster, which is worth bearing in mind as you compare the available options.
Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Washington DC to Chicago; ticket prices start at £65.91.
What bus companies travel from Washington DC to Chicago?
There is one bus company that operates from Washington DC to Chicago. Greyhound is the only company that connects the two cities by bus. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled buses per day, so travelers still have a good amount of choice and flexibility.
|Bus||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Greyhound||6||1d 0h 42m||£67.28|
Where does the bus leave from in Washington DC?
Most buses depart from the main station in Washington, District of Columbia:
- Union Station
Where does the bus arrive in Chicago?
Buses arrive in Chicago at 4 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Chicago, Illinois:
- Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
- Dan Ryan Bus Station
- 5800 N Cumberland Ave
- Union Station - 225 S Canal St
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