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Journey Information

Chicago to Cleveland bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$36.06
Fastest time7h 45m
Trips per day4
Bus lines3

Frequently Asked Questions

What bus carriers go from Chicago to Cleveland?

There are currently 3 bus carriers that go from Chicago to Cleveland: Barons Bus Lines, Greyhound and Megabus. Greyhound has averages 13 daily trips to Cleveland, which is the most of any bus line, and the journey averages 8 hours and 27 minutes. Out of those 13 daily trips, 9 of them are direct routes that do not require a transfer. Barons Bus Lines has 2 daily trips, with an average duration of 10 hours and 12 minutes. Megabus offers 2 daily routes, but has the fastest duration at 6 hours and 20 minutes.

How long does it take to get to Cleveland from Chicago by bus?

A direct bus from Chicago to Cleveland takes about 6 hours and 20 minutes. Barons Bus Lines, Greyhound and Megabus all have direct routes, though Megabus exclusively has direct routes, while the other two also include some trips with transfers. For buses with transfers, the longest it would take to get to Cleveland is 8-10 hours.

What is the cheapest bus ticket you can get from Chicago to Cleveland?

The cheapest possible ticket you can purchase from Chicago to Cleveland is $10. To get this price, your best bet is to book as early as possible. The average ticket from Chicago to Cleveland is closer to $23. If you were to book two weeks or more ahead of your trip, you’re likely to save an average of $18.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to Cleveland 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.

Does the bus take you directly from Chicago to Cleveland?

Unfortunately there are currently no buses that go the entire distance from Chicago to Cleveland. At some point, you will need to switch onto another vehicle to complete the journey, such as a local shuttle or even a train. More details are available as you peruse individual tickets.

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Cleveland?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $39.40 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to Cleveland. Buses from Cleveland to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $39.40 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 $19.84 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 10 hours and 57 minutes to cover the 307 miles (495 kilometers) from Chicago, IL to Cleveland, OH. However, the fastest bus only takes 7 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, 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 7:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Cleveland, 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 Cleveland every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 2 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Chicago to Cleveland; ticket prices start at $64.10.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Cleveland?

There are 3 bus lines from Chicago, Illinois to Cleveland, Ohio. Greyhound offers the most choice in regards to departure time, with a couple of buses on its daily schedule.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Barons Bus Lines17h 45m$53.72
Greyhound210h 57m$45.74
Miller Transportation114h 35m$60.03

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

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

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

Where does the bus arrive in Cleveland?

All buses from Chicago arrive at one main station in Cleveland, Ohio:

  • Bus Terminal - 1465 Chester Ave

Price trends for buses from Chicago to Cleveland

Average prices by travel date

$60$40$20SepOct

Monthly average prices

$67$53$40$27$13ONDJFMAMJJAS

Prices as travel date approaches

$67$53$40$27$133020100

bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago, IL to Cleveland, OH
4.6
Based on 5 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Barons Bus Lines report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
4.0
Value
4.0
Condition
5.0

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
3.0
Value
2.0
Condition
4.0
Tino
3.0
June 2, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Wasn’t hot on the bus
Cons
Took too damn long and WiFi sucked

Based on 3 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Megabus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 33 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
5.0
Value
4.0
Condition
5.0
Daniel
5.0
October 10, 2019Business
Pros
The trip stuck to the schedule very well. The travel station that we stopped at on I-80 was very nice.
Cons
I ran an internet speed test on the bus and the download speed was recorded as 0.1 Mbps, not really fast enough to do anything on the internet.
Jan
5.0
July 26, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
It was great! I will do it again!
Cons
The bus stop in Chicago could have something to protect the waiting passengers from the sun or from the rain...
Tips
I had to cancel one of my trips but I could not get the refund... I lost the money.

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