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Journey Information

Chicago to Cincinnati bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$47.45
Fastest time8h 50m
Trips per day8
Bus lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $47.45 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to Cincinnati. Buses from Cincinnati to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $47.45 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 24 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $17.49 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 12 hours and 5 minutes to cover the 252 miles (406 kilometers) from Chicago, IL to Cincinnati, OH. However, the fastest bus only takes 8 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?

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Friday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday ticket is the way to go.

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 Cincinnati, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 8 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 $55.36.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Cincinnati?

There is one bus company that operates from Chicago to Cincinnati. 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
Greyhound812h 6m$52.05

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Chicago, Illinois has two bus stations with service to Cincinnati, Ohio:

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

Where does the bus arrive in Cincinnati?

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Cincinnati, Ohio:

  • Bus Terminal - 1005 Gilbert Ave
  • Univ of Cinc - 2815 Commons Way

Price trends for buses from Chicago to Cincinnati

Average prices by travel date

$59$40$20SepOct

Monthly average prices

$66$53$40$26$13ONDJFMAMJJAS

Prices as travel date approaches

$66$53$40$26$133020100

bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago, IL to Cincinnati, OH
4.5
Based on 4 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.0
Staff
4.0
Value
4.0
Condition
3.0
Hareeshbabu
4.0
August 6, 2019Vacation
Pros
Rescheduling after the bus broke

Based on 3 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
2.7
Staff
4.7
Value
4.7
Condition
4.3
Rebecca
4.0
January 25, 2020Business
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.
Evan
5.0
October 28, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Fall colors
Cons
WiFi & USB port
Tips
Pack lite, be polite, and smile
Hareeshbabu
5.0
June 18, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Punctuality
Cons
WiFi connectivity

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