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Chicago to Indianapolis bus - cost & duration
|Fastest time||3h 15m|
|Trips per day||23|
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a train from Chicago to Indianapolis?
What is the best way to get from Chicago to Indianapolis?
How do you get from Chicago O’Hare to Indianapolis?
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:
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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