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Journey Information

There are 14 intercity buses per day from Chicago to Toronto. Traveling by bus from Chicago to Toronto usually takes around 15 hours and 46 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance436 mi (701 km)
Shortest duration3h 30m
Cheapest price$38.97
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines2

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Toronto?

Bus tickets for a trip from Chicago to Toronto cost $66.81 on average. Tickets cheaper than $66.81 are an excellent bargain. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price

Average prices by travel date

$123$82$41JulJul

If you're planning to travel by bus from Chicago to Toronto in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $59 to $118. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on July 25, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to Toronto this week, bus tickets are available starting at $59.

Monthly average prices

$103$82$62$41$21ASONDJFMAMJJ
Taking the bus from Chicago to Toronto is usually cheapest in January, when the average ticket price is only $70. If you're planning to take the bus from Chicago to Toronto during August, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $100. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$137$109$82$55$273020100

Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices closer to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. To find the cheapest bus tickets, book your trip at least 21 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $96.17 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Toronto?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Chicago to Toronto that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 11 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US219h 24m$117.04
Greyhound1115h 17m$91.64
  • 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. On average, FlixBus US operates 2 trips per day from Chicago to Toronto, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • 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 performs about 11 bus trips from Chicago to Toronto every day, with the average journey taking around 15 hours and 17 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Toronto usually start from $39.

Frequently Asked Questions

The cheapest way to get to Toronto from Chicago is by bus. Bus tickets start at $49. Train tickets from Chicago to Toronto cost at least $117.
Yes, there is a direct bus between Chicago and Toronto. Greyhound has a direct bus line from Chicago to Toronto that takes just over 13 hours. There are no direct train lines between the two cities.

The bus takes an average of 15 hours and 46 minutes to cover the 701 kilometers from Chicago to Toronto. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 30 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.

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, Friday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday ticket is the way to go.

The first bus leaves at 1:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Toronto, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 14 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Toronto every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Chicago to Toronto; ticket prices start at $158.71.

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.

Toronto

Toronto is one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, making it a great destination for travelers looking for a culturally unique experience. One of the most unique landmarks in the city is the Aga Khan Museum, which boasts a beautiful collection of Islamic, Iranian, and Muslim artifacts. If you are interested in art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is a definite must-see. For those who want to step away from the bustling city and seek the refuge of nature, take a ferry to Centre Isle, which offers plenty of activities such as biking or hiking.

Toronto’s food scene is vast and extremely vibrant due to the city’s multicultural nature. Bar Isabel is a local favorite that offers amazing Spanish dishes with a cozy vibe. For a more posh experience, head over to Alo Restaurant, which features a five-course tasting menu that will take you on a culinary ride.

The main bus station in the city is the Union Station Bus Terminal, served by various intercity bus services, including Greyhound and Ontario Northland. The main train station in Toronto is the adjacent Union Station, which is the hub for VIA Rail’s intercity services. The city’s airport is the Toronto Pearson International Airport, the busiest airport in Canada.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Main departure station: Dan Ryan Bus Station

Buses to Toronto leave from 3 stations in Chicago.

All bus stations in Chicago:

  • Dan Ryan Bus Station

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

  • Chicago Train Station Bus Stop

Where does the bus arrive in Toronto?

Main arrival station: Union Station Bus Terminal

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Toronto.

Bus stations in Toronto:

  • Union Station Bus Terminal

  • 55 Town Centre Court

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