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Chicago to Champaign bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$23.13
Fastest time2h 0m
Trips per day7
Bus lines2
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Price trends for buses from Chicago to Champaign

Average prices by travel date

$61$41$20JunJun

Monthly average prices

$68$54$41$27$14ASONDJFMAMJJ

Prices as travel date approaches

$68$54$41$27$143020100

bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Chicago to Champaign
4.8
Based on 13 reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 33 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.3
Staff
3.7
Value
2.7
Condition
4.0
Darryl
5.0
May 10, 2020Visiting family
Pros
I liked the space and the comfortable seating on the greyhound.
Cons
Everything is fine
Tips
Practice social distancing
Yadira
5.0
September 2, 2019Visiting family
Pros
n/a
Cons
n/a
Tips
n/a

Based on 10 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Peoria Charter report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 67 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.1
Staff
4.8
Value
3.6
Condition
4.7
Jessamine
5.0
November 2, 2019Visiting family
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
Gaspard
5.0
October 11, 2019Solo travel
Pros
departure from Terminal 5
Cons
Electricity was supposed to be available, but I did not see any USB port
Sarah
5.0
September 22, 2019Regular commuter
Pros
Peoria Charter buses tend to feel safer and are more reliable
Zain
5.0
September 5, 2019Business
Pros
The bus driver was much kinder and last time than the previous Peoria Charter bus.
Marie Danielle
4.0
July 6, 2019Vacation
Pros
Nothing
Cons
Thé price

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 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. To review the latest news and updates on which companies have reduced routes, visit our COVID-19 Travel Alert.

In order to keep their 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 Chicago to Champaign?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $23.81 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to Champaign. Buses from Champaign to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $23.81 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 10 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $16.19 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 6 hours and 33 minutes to cover the 203 kilometers (126 miles) from Chicago to Champaign. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours, 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?

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, 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 Chicago?

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. 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 7 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Champaign every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 4 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Chicago to Champaign; ticket prices start at $19.05.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Champaign?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from Chicago to Champaign. Of these two services, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 6 bus trips per day.
BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound67h 3m$31.50
Tornado Bus22h 16m$82.44

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Chicago, Illinois has two bus stations with service to Champaign, Illinois:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • Tornado Bus Station
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Champaign?

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Champaign, Illinois:

  • Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave
  • Pilot Travel center

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