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Chicago to Omaha bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$35.91
Fastest time9h 20m
Trips per day7
Bus lines2
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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago, IL to Omaha, NE
Based on 2 reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Users that traveled with Windstar Lines report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
January 14, 2020Visiting family
I like how efficient it was.
No improvement
Bring toilet paper just in case they run out
July 4, 2019Visiting family
Driver kind
better regulate the air conditioning because too cold
Nothing in particular

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to Omaha 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 Omaha?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $41.22 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to Omaha. Buses from Omaha to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $41.22 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 16 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $100.76 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 12 hours and 57 minutes to cover the 435 miles (699 kilometers) from Chicago, IL to Omaha, NE. However, the fastest bus only takes 9 hours and 20 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 Omaha, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Chicago?

The first bus leaves at 8:00am and the last bus leaves at 3:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Omaha, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 7 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Omaha every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. However, only one of these is a direct bus. With direct service, you do not have to transfer onto a different bus at any point during your trip. Direct buses also tend to be significantly faster, which is worth bearing in mind as you compare the available options.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Chicago to Omaha; ticket prices start at $83.78.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Omaha?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from Chicago, Illinois to Omaha, Nebraska. Of these two services, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 6 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Burlington Trailways29h 33m$112.32
Greyhound615h 1m$92.46

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Chicago, Illinois has two bus stations with service to Omaha, Nebraska:

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

Where does the bus arrive in Omaha?

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Omaha, Nebraska:

  • Burlington Trailways Terminal
  • Omaha Eppley Airport

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