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Journey Information

Chicago to Cincinnati bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$45.37
Shortest duration9h 25m
Trips per day7
Bus lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to Cincinnati during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Cincinnati?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $48.89 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to Cincinnati. Buses from Cincinnati to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $48.89 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 23 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $48.28 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 11 hours and 48 minutes to cover the 252 miles (406 kilometers) from Chicago, IL to Cincinnati, OH. However, the fastest bus only takes 9 hours and 25 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, 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 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Cincinnati, 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 Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati; ticket prices start at $52.93.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Cincinnati?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from Chicago, Illinois to Cincinnati, Ohio. Of these two services, Barons Bus Lines usually offers more choice, with 4 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Barons Bus Lines412h 38m$97.37
Greyhound311h 13m$53.53

Book Barons Bus Lines from Chicago to Cincinnati from $55. There are 4 Barons Bus Lines schedules from Chicago to Cincinnati and you can expect on average to pay $97 for a Barons Bus Lines ticket to Cincinnati. In Chicago, Barons Bus Lines departs to Cincinnati from Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St and no other station. In Cincinnati, Barons Bus Lines arrives at University of Cincinnati and 1 other station. An average trip on Barons Bus Lines from Chicago to Cincinnati takes 12 hours and 38 minutes, while the fastest available Barons Bus Lines trip will get you to Cincinnati in 9 hours and 25 minutes, On weekends, Barons Bus Lines offers 4 trips per day and you could expect to pay $99 for a weekend getaway trip to Cincinnati.

Book Greyhound from Chicago to Cincinnati from $45. There are 3 Greyhound schedules from Chicago to Cincinnati and you can expect on average to pay $54 for a Greyhound ticket to Cincinnati. In Chicago, Greyhound departs to Cincinnati from Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St and no other station. In Cincinnati, Greyhound arrives at 1005 Gilbert Ave and no other station. An average trip on Greyhound from Chicago to Cincinnati takes 11 hours and 13 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Cincinnati in 9 hours and 25 minutes, On weekends, Greyhound offers 3 trips per day and you could expect to pay $55 for a weekend getaway trip to Cincinnati.

Price trends for buses from Chicago to Cincinnati

Average prices by travel date

$76$50$25AprMay

Monthly average prices

$63$50$38$25$13MJJASONDJFMA

Prices as travel date approaches

$95$76$57$38$193020100

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago, IL to Cincinnati, OH

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

Rebecca

January 25, 2020 - Business

Megabus

Pros: Bus driver was nice and interactive. Cons: Drop off area was kind of sketchy. Tips: The bus came early and left exactly on time so be there at least 10-15 minutes early. Pros: Bus driver was nice and interactive. Cons: Drop off area was kind of sketchy. Tips: The bus came early and left exactly on time so be there at least 10-15 minutes early.

5.0

Evan

October 28, 2019 - Visiting family

Megabus

Pros: Fall colors. Cons: WiFi & USB port. Tips: Pack lite, be polite, and smile. Pros: Fall colors. Cons: WiFi & USB port. Tips: Pack lite, be polite, and smile.

4.0

Hareeshbabu

August 6, 2019 - Vacation

Greyhound

Rescheduling after the bus brokeRescheduling after the bus broke

5.0

Hareeshbabu

June 18, 2019 - Visiting friends

Megabus

Pros: Punctuality. Cons: WiFi connectivity. Pros: Punctuality. Cons: WiFi connectivity.

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