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Journey Information

There are 2 intercity buses per day from Chicago to Champaign. Traveling by bus from Chicago to Champaign usually takes around 4 hours and 17 minutes, but the fastest Tornado Bus bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance126 mi (203 km)
Shortest duration2h 30m
Cheapest price$21.66
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago, IL to Champaign, IL

(Based on 13 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Darryl

May 10, 2020- Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: I liked the space and the comfortable seating on the greyhound. Cons: Everything is fine. Tips: Practice social distancing.

Pros: I liked the space and the comfortable seating on the greyhound. Cons: Everything is fine. Tips: Practice social distancing.

5.0

Jessamine

November 2, 2019- Visiting family

Peoria Charter

Pros: Even though the bus left a couple minutes late, we arrived to my destination a couple minutes early! Cons: From the ticket, it wasn't very clear where the bus departed from. I wandered around Midway Airport for a while, asking employees where to go, and it took a...

Pros: Even though the bus left a couple minutes late, we arrived to my destination a couple minutes early! Cons: From the ticket, it wasn't very clear where the bus departed from. I wandered around Midway Airport for a while, asking employees where to go, and it took a long time and a lot of stress before I finally found the bus. Tips: The bus departs from Midway Airport in the lower level, outside of gate 6.

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5.0

Gaspard

October 11, 2019- Solo travel

Peoria Charter

Pros: departure from Terminal 5. Cons: Electricity was supposed to be available, but I did not see any USB port.

Pros: departure from Terminal 5. Cons: Electricity was supposed to be available, but I did not see any USB port.

5.0

Sarah

September 22, 2019- Regular commuter

Peoria Charter

Peoria Charter buses tend to feel safer and are more reliable

Peoria Charter buses tend to feel safer and are more reliable

5.0

Zain

September 5, 2019- Business

Peoria Charter

The bus driver was much kinder and last time than the previous Peoria Charter bus.

The bus driver was much kinder and last time than the previous Peoria Charter bus.

Chicago to Champaign Route Map

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How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Champaign?

$27.30 is the average price of a bus ticket from Chicago to Champaign. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. 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.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Chicago to Champaign is expected to range from C$23 to C$37. If you are looking to travel to Champaign within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from C$23. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are C$23 and can be found on December 7, 2021.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Chicago to Champaign by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around C$28 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 12 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save C$9.05 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Champaign?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Chicago to Champaign that you can search and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 2 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound24h 19m$29.82
Tornado Bus12h 30m$106.92
  • Greyhound

    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 performs about 2 bus trips from Chicago to Champaign every day, with the average journey taking around 4 hours and 19 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Champaign usually start from $22.

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  • Tornado Bus

    Tornado Bus

    Tornado Bus is a regional bus company that primarily serves the southern United States and Mexico. Founded in 1993, Tornado Bus Company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. For Tornado travel from Chicago to Champaign, Tornado operates 1 scheduled trips per day with prices starting from $107.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the fastest bus from Chicago to Champaign?

The fastest bus from Chicago to Champaign is through M&M Shuttle, which has an average travel time of just 2 hours. However, there is only 1 M&M shuttle per day, so if you miss out on that option you might consider Tornado Bus, which takes 2 hours 15 minutes.

Is there a train from Chicago to Champaign?

There are 3 train lines that travel from Chicago to Champaign: Amtrak City of New Orleans, Amtrak Illini Service and Amtrak Saluki. Train tickets for this route average just $16, and have an average travel time of about 2 hours 15 minutes.

Is Chicago to Champaign a good day-trip?

If you take one of the buses that gets to Champaign in less than 2 hours 30 minutes, then Chicago to Champaign can be a good day-trip. Typically you can find a bus that departs for Champaign around 7:00 a.m., with the latest return bus departing between 11:30 and midnight. Such a trip would give you a full 14 hours in Champaign.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to Champaign during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 17 minutes to cover the 203 kilometers from Chicago to Champaign. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 30 minutes. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the road. 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.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Buses from Chicago to Champaign are the most crowded on Tuesday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your bus tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Saturday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Chicago?

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 6:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Champaign, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are usually only 2 buses per day from Chicago to Champaign. Both of these are direct buses, meaning that you do not have to worry about transferring buses at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Chicago to Champaign; ticket prices start at $17.84.

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.

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.

Champaign

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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

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Departure stations

Chicago has two bus stations with service to Champaign.

All bus stations in Chicago:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

  • 3501 S California Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Champaign?

Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave  - CHMAMT-0

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Arrival stations

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Bus stations in Champaign:

  • Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave

  • Pilot Travel center

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