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Chicago - Rock Island Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 2 intercity buses per day from Chicago to Rock Island. Traveling by bus from Chicago to Rock Island usually takes around 3 hours and 5 minutes, but the fastest Burlington Trailways bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance154 mi (248 km)
Shortest duration2h 55m
Cheapest price$70.92
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceBurlington Trailways
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago to Rock Island

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)




April 2, 2024- Couples trip

Burlington Trailways

Pros: The driver was very friendly and the bus atmosphere was nice. Cons: The seats having more leg space, reclined seating, and the cabin being a little bigger to carry more than one bag on the bus. Tips: To bring with you a cervical pillows because it gets tiring for your neck after a while.



September 18, 2022- Visiting friends

Burlington Trailways

Pros: The trip was smooth and I enjoyed the ride. Cons: Better seats.



August 27, 2022- Solo travel

Burlington Trailways


How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Rock Island?

$70.92 is the average price of a bus ticket from Chicago to Rock Island. Any tickets cheaper than $70.92 can be considered a great deal. 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


Bus tickets from Chicago to Rock Island are expected to cost between $71 and $74 over the next four weeks. If you're planning a trip to Rock Island within the next week, you can find the cheapest bus tickets starting from $71. Don't wait too long to book your ticket, as prices tend to rise as the travel date approaches.

Monthly average prices

If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from Chicago to Rock Island, mark your calendar for May. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just $57. However, taking the bus from Chicago to Rock Island during October is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of $79. The best way to find deals on a trip in October is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

Prices as travel date approaches


The easiest way to save money on bus tickets is by booking in advance! Many carriers increase prices as the travel date approaches, so it's always a good idea to buy your tickets as early as possible. Book at least 14 days in advance to save $11.40 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Rock Island?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Chicago to Rock Island. Burlington Trailways is the one bus line that serves this route. Although it's the sole option, there are a couple of different scheduled times to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Burlington Trailways23h 5m$73.65
  • Book Burlington Trailways from Chicago to Rock Island from $71. There are 2 Burlington Trailways schedules from Chicago to Rock Island and you can expect on average to pay for a Burlington Trailways ticket to Rock Island. In Chicago, Burlington Trailways departs to Rock Island from Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St and no other station. In Rock Island, Burlington Trailways arrives at Augustana College and no other station.

    An average trip on Burlington Trailways from Chicago to Rock Island takes 3 hours and 5 minutes , while the fastest available Burlington Trailways trip will get you to Rock Island in 2 hours and 55 minutes .

    On weekends, Burlington Trailways offers 2 trips per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Rock Island.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 5 minutes to cover the 248 kilometers from Chicago to Rock Island. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 55 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. 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.

Thursday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Thursday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00am. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Rock Island, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are usually only 2 buses per day from Chicago to Rock Island. 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 Rock Island; ticket prices start at $57.28.

City Information


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 Chicago?

Chicago Greyhound Bus Station - CHIGLI3-0

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Main departure station: Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

Most buses depart from the main station in Chicago.

All bus stations in Chicago:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

Where does the bus arrive in Rock Island?

Main arrival station: Augustana College

All buses from Chicago arrive at one main station in Rock Island.

Bus stations in Rock Island:

  • Augustana College

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