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Chicago - Lafayette Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 16 intercity buses per day from Chicago to Lafayette. Traveling by bus from Chicago to Lafayette usually takes around 2 hours and 33 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 5 minutes.

Distance108 mi (174 km)
Shortest duration2h 5m
Cheapest price$27.33
Trips per day16
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago to Lafayette

(Based on 10 ratings and reviews)




November 6, 2022- Visiting family


Pros: We were traveling to my sisters house for my uncles funeral. We flew in from Shreveport and the rental car company would not accept our debit card so in a pinch we found you and we will always use you from now. So easy, tickets are affordable and I didn't have to navigate Chicago traffic! Cons: Nothing, everything was great! Tips: I recommend this form of travel. We went from Chicago to Lafayette, IN. and we came back also. Great relaxing trip, on the way to Lafayette we spoke to the driver and he gave us ideas on what to do with our time before our arrival and flight home. Very friendly and knowledgeable of the area.



March 27, 2022- Visiting friends


Pros: Harold the driver goes above and beyond. Cons: Seats.



January 9, 2022- Solo travel


Pros: leather seats. Cons: nothing. Tips: our bus is great.



December 5, 2021- Solo travel


Pros: Very nice and clean bus, which arrived on time. I really appreciate these features, as I recently took a Greyhound bus that was an hour late and smelled like a dirty toilet the whole time. I love how clean OurBus is and will use it every time I can. Cons: Have more buses and take over Greyhound.



November 19, 2021- Solo travel


Pros: Being able to relax with the driver. Cons: I really couldn't see any need to improve.

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Lafayette?

$35.85 is the average price of a bus ticket from Chicago to Lafayette. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. 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


Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Chicago to Lafayette is expected to range from $36 to $55. If you are looking to travel to Lafayette within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $36. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $36 and can be found on June 20, 2024.

Monthly average prices

If you're planning on taking a bus from Chicago to Lafayette, you'll be happy to know that the cost stays pretty stable throughout the year. You can expect to pay around $40 for your ticket regardless of when you plan to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches


To save money on bus tickets, buy them as early as possible. Bus carriers usually charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel. Book your ticket at least 28 days in advance to save up to $20.89.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Lafayette?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Chicago to Lafayette that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, FlixBus US usually offers more choice, with 8 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US82h 19m$46.68
Greyhound82h 43m$46.84
  • FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment. On average, FlixBus US operates 8 trips per day from Chicago to Lafayette, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound performs about 8 bus trips from Chicago to Lafayette every day, with the average journey taking around 2 hours and 43 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Lafayette usually start from $27.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 2 hours and 33 minutes to cover the 174 kilometers from Chicago to Lafayette. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 5 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.

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Lafayette at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 5:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Lafayette, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 16 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Lafayette every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Chicago to Lafayette without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Chicago to Lafayette; ticket prices start at $53.33.

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.


Lafayette, IN - LAF-0

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Lafayette, IN - LAF-1

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Lafayette, a quaint college town with a vibrant history, is a superb destination for fans of history and old buildings. The city's historic old quarter is a beautiful sight to behold, with some buildings dating back to the 19th century. A walk around this quarter will bring you back to the early days of the American Industrial Revolution. Don't miss out on the chance to visit Fort Ouiatenon, the first European fortified settlement in the area now called Indiana. If you are looking for a spot to enjoy a picnic with your friends and your family, head to historic Prophetstown State Park for plenty of activities; we're talking a water park, unique wildlife observation, camping, and a working farm dating back to the 1920s.

Lafayette's food scene offers a good mix of traditional dishes and modern ones. If you wish to enjoy genuine local specialties, South Street Smokehouse offers amazing homestyle dishes. For those who just can't have enough local pizzas, stop by Arni's, a pizzeria that has been around for more than 40 years.

Travel to Lafayette is easy thanks to multiple bus lines and the Amtrak Cardinal line, which runs through the city. The nearest major airport is about 60 miles away in Indianapolis, so ground travel is definitely your friend for this destination.

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

Buses to Lafayette leave from 3 stations in Chicago.

All bus stations in Chicago:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

  • Dan Ryan Bus Station

  • Chicago Train Station Bus Stop

Where does the bus arrive in Lafayette?

Main arrival station: Parking Lot next to CityBus Center

All buses from Chicago arrive at one main station in Lafayette.

Bus stations in Lafayette:

  • Parking Lot next to CityBus Center

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