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Journey Information

There are 22 intercity buses per day from Chicago to Columbus. Traveling by bus from Chicago to Columbus usually takes around 10 hours and 59 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 7 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance276 mi (444 km)
Shortest duration7h 20m
Cheapest price$40.89
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago to Columbus

(Based on 15 ratings and reviews)




October 7, 2022- Visiting family

Barons Bus Lines

Pros: I didnt have to drive! Such a treat to just sit and work on my laptop! Cons: legroom + having a lap tray. stronger wifi. Tips: Bring snacks. stops are brief and not much food choice.



August 16, 2022- Business

Miller Transportation

Cons: Had to wait 2 in a have hours delay to wait on the bus I missed my meeting. Tips: Inform ppl of the delay.



May 29, 2022- Business

Barons Bus Lines

Pros: BaronsisbetterthanGreyhound. Cons: Longerreststops. Tips: LookoutforfallingBuckeyes.



May 28, 2022- Vacation

Miller Transportation

Pros: the bus driver was very professional and kund. Cons: great service. Tips: enjoy the ride.



April 24, 2022- Visiting family

Miller Transportation

Pros: I just find that I can purchase my ticket online which is cheaper get my date set for the day I leave out go to the station pick up my ticket and wait for my bus to arrive on time and departure on time it's just real convenient. Cons: The only thing that I feel that can be improved is the amount of people if they put on these buses as long as this covid is still out they should put a certain amount of people on these buses for everyone's safety. Tips: The only chips I have for The Travelers stay safe keep your face covered protect the next person that says are you behind you or beside you let's get rid of this killing germs keep everybody safe thank you.

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Columbus?

$63.76 is the average price of a bus ticket from Chicago to Columbus. Any tickets cheaper than $63.76 can be considered a great deal. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Chicago to Columbus is expected to range from $59 to $93. If you are looking to travel to Columbus within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $68. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $59 and can be found on June 12, 2024.

Monthly average prices


The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in May. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $70 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Columbus in March, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $86 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches


To save money on bus tickets, buy them as early as possible. Bus carriers usually charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel. Book your ticket at least 24 days in advance to save up to $66.80.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Columbus?

There are 3 bus lines from Chicago to Columbus available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 9 daily trips, Greyhound usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Barons Bus Lines713h 10m$84.81
FlixBus US89h 34m$76.05
Greyhound910h 20m$94.18
  • Book Barons Bus Lines from Chicago to Columbus from $52. There are 7 Barons Bus Lines schedules from Chicago to Columbus and you can expect on average to pay for a Barons Bus Lines ticket to Columbus. In Chicago, Barons Bus Lines departs to Columbus from Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St and no other station. In Columbus, Barons Bus Lines arrives at Columbus and 2 other stations.

    An average trip on Barons Bus Lines from Chicago to Columbus takes 13 hours and 10 minutes , while the fastest available Barons Bus Lines trip will get you to Columbus in 7 hours and 20 minutes .

    On weekends, Barons Bus Lines offers 7 trips per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Columbus.

  • FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment. On average, FlixBus US operates 8 trips per day from Chicago to Columbus, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound performs about 9 bus trips from Chicago to Columbus every day, with the average journey taking around 10 hours and 20 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Columbus usually start from $44.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 10 hours and 59 minutes to cover the 444 kilometers from Chicago to Columbus. However, the fastest bus only takes 7 hours and 20 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

"Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Chicago to Columbus for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Columbus, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 22 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Columbus every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 4 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

City Information


Known for its innovative architecture, cultural contributions to jazz and house music, and of course that irresistible deep-dish pizza, the many sights and experiences in Chicago make it one of the best urban vacation destinations for millennials and a top destination in Illinois.

You can't beat the views of the city and Lake Michigan from the SkyDeck in the Willis Tower; at over 1,300 feet, this is the highest observation deck in the U.S. Snap that classic selfie with the Bean in Millennium Park, then wander the many museums in nearby Grant Park. Navy Pier is a popular tourist hotspot for its parks, restaurants, and attractions right on Lake Michigan, and baseball fans will find paradise in Wrigleyville, home to the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field and sports bars galore.

Chicago's enormous parks offer plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities in gorgeous urban settings. Many companies offer kayak rentals or boat tours on the Chicago River, with special tours running on Saint Patrick's Day, when the entire river is dyed green. When you’re ready to buy some souvenirs from your epic trip, hit the big brand stores on the Magnificent Mile, or shop local in neighborhoods like Andersonville and Wicker Park. And don't miss the chance to laugh until you cry at The Second City comedy theater, famous for launching the careers of comedians like Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

Chicago is one of the biggest transportation hubs in the Midwest, and provides easy access to nearby destinations ideal for day trips, as well as international travel from two airports. Thanks to plenty of bus and train stations throughout the city, getting to the Windy City is a breeze.


Brimming with life and cultural events, Columbus is the affordable destination of your dreams! Featuring a budding art scene, Columbus attracts art lovers through the exhibitions at the Columbus Museum of Arts where children and adults alike can indulge in thought-provoking artworks. Fans of sports should not miss out on a baseball game at Huntington Park, which offers reasonably-priced tickets; it is also rarely crowded. For those who simply want to stroll about, the German Village offers a quaint and scenic view rarely seen elsewhere.

As the sun goes down, dig deeper into the German heritage of Columbus by enjoying a traditional schnitzel dish at the Schmidt's Restaurant and Sausage Haus. When you are looking for a quick snack, Bodega serves some of the best sandwiches in town, and there are up to 47 varieties of craft beers for you to choose from.

Columbus’ busiest bus station is located on E Town St., and it offers intercity bus trips to Cleveland, Chicago, New York and many other cities. The Columbus Union Station was the first union station ever built, and it’s served by Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited and Capitol Limited train lines. The local airport, the John Glenn Columbus International Airport, is located on the east side of the city, 6 miles east of Downtown. It provides access to 31 other airports.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Chicago Greyhound Bus Station - CHIGLI3-0

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Main departure station: Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

Buses to Columbus leave from 3 stations in Chicago.

All bus stations in Chicago:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

  • Dan Ryan Bus Station

  • Chicago Train Station Bus Stop

Where does the bus arrive in Columbus?

Bus Terminal - 111 E Town St  - CMHGLI2-0

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Main arrival station: Columbus, OH (Bus Station)

The Bus Terminal at 111 E Town St is Columbus’ hub for intercity bus service on a variety of carriers including Jefferson Lines, Greyhound, Miller Transportation, Barons Bus Lines, and Amtrak Thruway. Conveniently located in downtown Columbus, the station’s area features several parking lots, hotels, and fast food restaurants. The waiting area within the station building includes restrooms, vending machines, and even arcade-style games if you’re prone to boredom while waiting for the bus. From this station, you can travel to destinations including Cincinnati, Chicago, and New York.

Bus stations in Columbus:

  • Columbus, OH (Bus Station)

  • Columbus

  • Ohio State University

  • Columbus (Airport)

  • 100 E Rich St

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