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Chicago to Nashville bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$73.10
Shortest duration10h 0m
Trips per day9
Bus lines3

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $90.10 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to Nashville. Buses from Nashville to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $90.10 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 21 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $12.72 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 12 hours and 24 minutes to cover the 398 miles (640 kilometers) from Chicago, IL to Nashville, TN. However, the fastest bus only takes 10 hours, 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, Saturday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Saturday ticket is the way to go.

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

How many buses are there each day?

There are 9 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Nashville every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 6 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 Nashville; ticket prices start at $114.69.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Nashville?

There are 3 bus lines from Chicago, Illinois to Nashville, Tennessee. With 6 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
Amtrak Thruway211h 3m$126.03
Greyhound612h 22m$79.55
Miller Transportation117h 32m$129.80

Book Amtrak Thruway from Chicago to Nashville from $126. There are 2 Amtrak Thruway schedules from Chicago to Nashville and you can expect on average to pay $126 for a Amtrak Thruway ticket to Nashville. In Chicago, Amtrak Thruway departs to Nashville from Union Station - 225 S Canal St and no other station. In Nashville, Amtrak Thruway arrives at Bus Terminal - 709 5Th Ave S and no other station. An average trip on Amtrak Thruway from Chicago to Nashville takes 11 hours and 3 minutes, while the fastest available Amtrak Thruway trip will get you to Nashville in 10 hours and 0 minutes, On weekends, Amtrak Thruway offers 2 trips per day and you could expect to pay $126 for a weekend getaway trip to Nashville.

Book Greyhound from Chicago to Nashville from $73. There are 6 Greyhound schedules from Chicago to Nashville and you can expect on average to pay $80 for a Greyhound ticket to Nashville. In Chicago, Greyhound departs to Nashville from Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St and no other station. In Nashville, Greyhound arrives at Bus Terminal - 709 5Th Ave S and no other station. An average trip on Greyhound from Chicago to Nashville takes 12 hours and 22 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Nashville in 10 hours and 0 minutes, On weekends, Greyhound offers 6 trips per day and you could expect to pay $80 for a weekend getaway trip to Nashville.

Book Miller Transportation from Chicago to Nashville from $97. There are 1 Miller Transportation schedules from Chicago to Nashville and you can expect on average to pay $130 for a Miller Transportation ticket to Nashville. In Chicago, Miller Transportation departs to Nashville from Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St and 1 other station. In Nashville, Miller Transportation arrives at Bus Terminal - 709 5Th Ave S and no other station. An average trip on Miller Transportation from Chicago to Nashville takes 17 hours and 32 minutes, while the fastest available Miller Transportation trip will get you to Nashville in 10 hours and 0 minutes, On weekends, Miller Transportation offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay $129 for a weekend getaway trip to Nashville.

Price trends for buses from Chicago to Nashville

Average prices by travel date

$113$76$38AprMay

Monthly average prices

$95$76$57$38$19MJJASONDJFMA

Prices as travel date approaches

$126$101$76$50$253020100

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