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Journey Information

Chicago to Indianapolis bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$30.68
Fastest time3h 15m
Trips per day23
Bus lines4
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Price trends for buses from Chicago to Indianapolis

Average prices by travel date

$60$40$20AugAug

Monthly average prices

$67$53$40$27$13SONDJFMAMJJA

Prices as travel date approaches

$67$53$40$27$133020100

bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago, IL to Indianapolis, IN
4.6
Based on 24 reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 50 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
3.6
Value
3.6
Condition
4.2
John
5.0
October 7, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Our driver set the rules straight right from the start which meant we all had a nice quiet trip.
Cons
Nothing. It was great
Kaley
5.0
August 30, 2019Visiting family
Pros
This is an easy and affordable way for me to get home
Cons
Seems to be a good system they have
Tips
Bring a sweatshirt I got a little chilly
Vidushi
1.0
June 7, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Nothing. Most disappointing and frustrating trip of my life.
Cons
Greyhound probably offers the worst bus service out there. The station is dirty. The washrooms are in pathetic condition. The staff is very rude and upon being questioned why the bus is late, they just explained very briefly about the bus breaking down and said that the...More
Tips
PLEASE do not use greyhound ever in your life. There are much better services like Megabus. Avoid greyhound forever. The buses are frequently late and their service is the worst I have ever experienced.

Based on 6 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Megabus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 50 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.8
Staff
4.3
Value
3.7
Condition
4.3
Kelly
4.0
March 4, 2020Solo travel
Pros
Quick Easy
Cons
Seats were not comfy, there was no plugs or WiFi on board
Tips
Being a neck pillow or something to get comfy with.
Julian
5.0
February 15, 2020Visiting family
Pros
Quick, easy process that got me where I needed to be. The double decker is beautiful with the windows and roof window and the seats spread out and what not. Nice bus
Cons
The seats could just be so much more conducive for sleeping. The cushioning is the absolute minimum (which I can understand because of the cost, but still). If the people are comfortable and sleeping, there’s also less chance for squabbling or incidents. It was a midnig...More
Tips
Just have your ticket ready
Jordan
5.0
December 28, 2019Vacation
Pros
Driver was amazing; friendly and quick to help
Cons
Cleanliness of bus, outlets on bus
Myo
5.0
October 24, 2019Regular commuter
Pros
Good
Cons
Baggage fee is expensive
Tips
No
Alexis
4.0
June 13, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Sit back and enjoy
Cons
Everything is fine

Based on 1 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Thruway report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
2.0
Staff
5.0
Value
4.0
Condition
5.0
Caroline
5.0
July 21, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Able to see the landscape
Cons
More legroom

Based on 12 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with OurBus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 58 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.1
Staff
4.8
Value
4.7
Condition
4.8
Thyra
5.0
December 28, 2019Visiting family
Pros
very nice driver!
Tips
Earplugs for devices.
Amy
5.0
November 24, 2019Solo travel
Pros
Great ride home. The bus driver was super nice!
Cons
None
Ahmed
4.0
August 18, 2019Visiting friends
Cons
The wifi didn’t work
Jadwiga
4.0
August 12, 2019Visiting family
Cons
The bus stop was difficult to find....it should be marked better....
Tips
Totally recommend
Delve
5.0
August 5, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
The driver was outstanding qa
Cons
More trips leave daily
Tips
Just sit back and enjoy the ride

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a train from Chicago to Indianapolis?

Yes, there is a train from Chicago to Indianapolis. The Amtrak Cardinal covers this route 1 time per day. Tickets average about $28, and the trip takes almost 5 hours.

What is the best way to get from Chicago to Indianapolis?

The best way to get from Chicago to Indianapolis is probably by bus. The bus is often both the cheapest and fastest travel option for this particular route, and also has the most schedules per day.

How do you get from Chicago O’Hare to Indianapolis?

To get from Chicago O’Hare to Indianapolis, you’ll take a 46 minute subway trip from the O’Hare station to the Clinton Blue Line Station. From there, you can travel two blocks north and catch a bus from Union Station, about three blocks south to take a Megabus, or about a block and a half southwest to the Greyhound station.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to Indianapolis 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.

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Indianapolis?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $30.85 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to Indianapolis. Buses from Indianapolis to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $30.85 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 24 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $30.52 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 5 hours and 53 minutes to cover the 165 miles (265 kilometers) from Chicago, IL to Indianapolis, IN. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 15 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?

Because many passengers travel from Chicago to Indianapolis at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

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 Indianapolis, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 23 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Indianapolis every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 12 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 Indianapolis; ticket prices start at $30.68.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Indianapolis?

There are 4 bus lines from Chicago, Illinois to Indianapolis, Indiana. With 14 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
Amtrak Thruway24h 30m$31.81
Greyhound147h 19m$39.99
Miller Transportation75h 28m$62.97
OurBus13h 40m$33.35

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Buses to Indianapolis leave from multiple locations in Chicago, Illinois. These are the 3 most popular bus stations:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave
  • Canal St btwn W Jackson Blvd and W Van Buren St

Where does the bus arrive in Indianapolis?

Buses arrive in Indianapolis at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Indianapolis, Indiana:

  • 350 S Illinois St
  • Intl Airport - Zone 1 Ground Transp Ctr
  • E Washington St btwn Delaware St & N Alabama St

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