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Journey Information

Chicago to South Bend bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$1.36
Fastest time1h 45m
Trips per day6
Bus lines3
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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Chicago to South Bend
Based on 8 reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Users that traveled with Barons Bus Lines report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
October 29, 2019Business
Very comfortable

Based on 2 reviews
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Based on 3 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
September 11, 2019Visiting family
the kindness and help from the operator
wifi onboard, seats more spacious
August 24, 2019Solo travel
Phone charging point

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to South Bend 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. To review the latest news and updates on which companies have reduced routes, visit our COVID-19 Travel Alert.

In order to keep their 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 South Bend?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $11.97 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to South Bend. Buses from South Bend to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $11.97 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 $25.27 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 2 hours and 1 minute to cover the 116 kilometers (72 miles) from Chicago to South Bend. However, the fastest bus only takes 1 hour 45 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Because many passengers travel from Chicago to South Bend 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, 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.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Chicago?

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to South Bend, 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 South Bend every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 6 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 South Bend; ticket prices start at $21.77.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to South Bend?

There are 3 bus lines from Chicago to South Bend. With 4 daily trips, Miller Transportation 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
Barons Bus Lines21h 55m$34.02
Megabus32h 45m$12.52
Miller Transportation42h 1m$35.88

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

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

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • Terminal 5 Station, O'Hare Intl Airport
  • Chicago O'Hare Bus/Shuttle Ctr
  • Midway Intl Airport

Where does the bus arrive in South Bend?

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

  • 100 W S St
  • Holy Cross Dr & Notre Dame Ave

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