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Journey Information

Chicago, IL to Bloomington, IN bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$32.05
Fastest time5h 10m
Trips per day6
Bus lines3

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to Bloomington 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. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep 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.

Does the bus take you directly from Chicago to Bloomington?

Unfortunately there are currently no buses that go the entire distance from Chicago to Bloomington. At some point, you will need to switch onto another vehicle to complete the journey, such as a local shuttle or even a train. More details are available as you peruse individual tickets.

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Bloomington?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $34.05 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to Bloomington. Buses from Bloomington to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $34.05 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 17 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $43.07 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 6 hours and 58 minutes to cover the 196 miles (316 kilometers) from Chicago, IL to Bloomington, IN. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 10 minutes. 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, Sunday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded buses to Bloomington, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Chicago?

The first bus leaves at 7:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Bloomington, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 6 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Bloomington every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 2 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Bloomington?

There are 3 bus lines from Chicago, Illinois to Bloomington, Indiana. With 3 daily trips, Greyhound usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound310h 6m$46.49
Miller Transportation35h 53m$62.64
OurBus15h 10m$56.34

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Chicago, Illinois has two bus stations with service to Bloomington, Indiana:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • Canal St btwn W Jackson Blvd and W Van Buren St

Where does the bus arrive in Bloomington?

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Bloomington, Indiana:

  • Bloomington Transit Ctr
  • 1725 E 3rd St

Price trends for buses from Chicago to Bloomington

Average prices by travel date

$80$53$27SepOct

Monthly average prices

$67$53$40$27$13ONDJFMAMJJAS

Prices as travel date approaches

$100$80$60$40$203020100

bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago, IL to Bloomington, IN
4.5
Based on 2 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Miller Transportation report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
4.0
Value
3.0
Condition
4.0
Mustafa
5.0
June 26, 2019Vacation
Pros
The trip was nice and comfortable. The best way to travel between Chicago and Bloomington.
Tips
If you know your dates, book your tickets atleast a week in advance, if not more. the ticket prices change very quickly.

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
5.0
Value
2.0
Condition
5.0
Hanmi
4.0
December 1, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Driver told us about detours and delays
Cons
It was pretty cold in the seat - we were sitting pretty near the front maybe third or fourth row on the side with the bus door.

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