Find bus tickets from Chicago to Columbus
Chicago, IL to Columbus, NE bus - cost & duration
|Fastest time||12h 35m|
|Trips per day||3|
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to Columbus 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 Columbus?
Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $143.23 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to Columbus. Buses from Columbus to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $143.23 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 15 hours and 55 minutes to cover the 503 miles (810 kilometers) from Chicago, IL to Columbus, NE. However, the fastest bus only takes 12 hours and 35 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 Columbus 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, Monday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. For a less crowded trip, try to book your bus travel for the beginning of the week.
When do the earliest and latest buses leave Chicago?
The first bus leaves at 1:00pm and the last bus leaves at 9:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Columbus, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
How many buses are there each day?
What bus companies travel from Chicago to Columbus?
There is one bus company that operates from Chicago to Columbus. 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.
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Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?
Most buses depart from the main station in Chicago, Illinois:
- Dan Ryan Bus Station
- Union Station - 225 S Canal St
- 5800 N Cumberland Ave
Where does the bus arrive in Columbus?
All buses from Chicago arrive at one main station in Columbus, Nebraska:
- 4212 Howard Blvd
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