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Chicago to New Orleans bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$97.97
Fastest time21h 50m
Trips per day4
Bus lines1
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Price trends for buses from Chicago to New Orleans

Monthly average prices

$170$136$102$68$34ASONDJFMAMJJ

Prices as travel date approaches

$204$163$122$82$413020100

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to New Orleans 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 New Orleans?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $103.41 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to New Orleans. Buses from New Orleans to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $103.41 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.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 25 hours and 5 minutes to cover the 1344 kilometers (835 miles) from Chicago to New Orleans. However, the fastest bus only takes 21 hours and 50 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?

Thursday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Thursday, 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 New Orleans, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Chicago?

The first bus leaves at 9:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to New Orleans, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to New Orleans every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Chicago to New Orleans; ticket prices start at $149.67.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to New Orleans?

There is one bus company that operates from Chicago to New Orleans. Greyhound is the only company that connects the two cities by bus. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled buses per day, so travelers still have a good amount of choice and flexibility.
BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound41d 1h 6m$167.32

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Most buses depart from the main station in Chicago, Illinois:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave

Where does the bus arrive in New Orleans?

All buses from Chicago arrive at one main station in New Orleans, Louisiana:

  • Union Term - 1001 Loyola Ave

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