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Cedar Rapids - Chicago Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 3 intercity buses per day from Cedar Rapids to Chicago. Traveling by bus from Cedar Rapids to Chicago usually takes around 7 hours and 34 minutes, but the fastest Burlington Trailways bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 15 minutes.

Distance208 mi (334 km)
Shortest duration5h 15m
Cheapest price$102.29
Trips per day1
Most frequent serviceBurlington Trailways
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Cedar Rapids to Chicago

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Jenniffer

December 14, 2023- Solo travel

Burlington Trailways

Pros: I enjoyed how quiet it was and how many sites you would be able to see. Cons: Well the bathroom being useable. Tips: Ask the front desk for any questions! They are nice enough to help you! :).

5.0

Jaaliyah

December 13, 2023- Visiting family

Burlington Trailways

Pros: I like how we got a meal break. Cons: Nothing! Tips: Bring headphones.

How much is a bus ticket from Cedar Rapids to Chicago?

$102.29 is the average price of a bus ticket from Cedar Rapids to Chicago. While it’s on the pricier side for a bus ticket, taking the bus is still a cheaper alternative to flying. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from Cedar Rapids to Chicago, mark your calendar for June. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just $91. However, taking the bus from Cedar Rapids to Chicago during November is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of $105. The best way to find deals on a trip in November is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

What bus companies travel from Cedar Rapids to Chicago?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Cedar Rapids to Chicago. Burlington Trailways connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Burlington Trailways37h 34m$104.46
  • Book Burlington Trailways from Cedar Rapids to Chicago from $102. There are 3 Burlington Trailways schedules from Cedar Rapids to Chicago and you can expect on average to pay for a Burlington Trailways ticket to Chicago. In Cedar Rapids, Burlington Trailways departs to Chicago from Cedar Rapids (Airport - CID) and no other station. In Chicago, Burlington Trailways arrives at Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St and no other station.

    An average trip on Burlington Trailways from Cedar Rapids to Chicago takes 7 hours and 34 minutes , while the fastest available Burlington Trailways trip will get you to Chicago in 5 hours and 15 minutes .

    On weekends, Burlington Trailways offers 3 trips per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Chicago.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 7 hours and 34 minutes to cover the 334 kilometers from Cedar Rapids to Chicago. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 15 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

"Travelers prefer riding the bus on Saturday to enjoy the weekend in Chicago. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Monday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. For a less crowded trip, try to book your bus travel for the beginning of the week."

The first bus leaves at 9:00am and the last bus leaves at 3:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Cedar Rapids to Chicago, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 3 scheduled buses that travel from Cedar Rapids 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.

City Information

Chicago

Known for its innovative architecture, cultural contributions to jazz and house music, and of course that irresistible deep-dish pizza, the many sights and experiences in Chicago make it one of the best urban vacation destinations for millennials and a top destination in Illinois.

You can't beat the views of the city and Lake Michigan from the SkyDeck in the Willis Tower; at over 1,300 feet, this is the highest observation deck in the U.S. Snap that classic selfie with the Bean in Millennium Park, then wander the many museums in nearby Grant Park. Navy Pier is a popular tourist hotspot for its parks, restaurants, and attractions right on Lake Michigan, and baseball fans will find paradise in Wrigleyville, home to the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field and sports bars galore.

Chicago's enormous parks offer plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities in gorgeous urban settings. Many companies offer kayak rentals or boat tours on the Chicago River, with special tours running on Saint Patrick's Day, when the entire river is dyed green. When you’re ready to buy some souvenirs from your epic trip, hit the big brand stores on the Magnificent Mile, or shop local in neighborhoods like Andersonville and Wicker Park. And don't miss the chance to laugh until you cry at The Second City comedy theater, famous for launching the careers of comedians like Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

Chicago is one of the biggest transportation hubs in the Midwest, and provides easy access to nearby destinations ideal for day trips, as well as international travel from two airports. Thanks to plenty of bus and train stations throughout the city, getting to the Windy City is a breeze.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Cedar Rapids?

Main departure station: Cedar Rapids (Airport - CID)

Most buses depart from the main station in Cedar Rapids.

All bus stations in Cedar Rapids:

  • Cedar Rapids (Airport - CID)

Where does the bus arrive in Chicago?

Chicago Greyhound Bus Station - CHIGLI3-0

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Main arrival station: Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

All buses from Cedar Rapids arrive at one main station in Chicago.

Bus stations in Chicago:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

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