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Journey Information

Chicago to Grand Rapids bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$35.59
Fastest time4h 45m
Trips per day4
Bus lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $35.59 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to Grand Rapids. Buses from Grand Rapids to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $35.59 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 5 hours and 3 minutes to cover the 125 miles (201 kilometers) from Chicago, IL to Grand Rapids, MI. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 45 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?

With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for bus travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, 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 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 9:00am. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Grand Rapids, 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 Grand Rapids 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 Illinois to Michigan without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Chicago to Grand Rapids; ticket prices start at $36.91.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Grand Rapids?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from Chicago, Illinois to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Of these two services, Indian Trails usually offers more choice, with 4 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound114h 25m$42.97
Indian Trails44h 59m$35.59

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

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

  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

Where does the bus arrive in Grand Rapids?

All buses from Chicago arrive at one main station in Grand Rapids, Michigan:

  • Rapid Central Station - 250 Grandville Ave SW

Price trends for buses from Chicago to Grand Rapids

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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago, IL to Grand Rapids, MI
Based on 6 ratings and reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
January 16, 2020Visiting friends

Based on 3 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
July 14, 2019Business
Driver was very nice and communicative.
Dan Ryan Station in Chicago does not feel safe. I would love if Indian Trails was more communicative about where to go to meet the bus so that passengers can be sure that they are in the correct spot and not be wandering around a historically unsafe station. Also, I wou...More

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