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Journey Information

Indianapolis to South Bend bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$36.06
Fastest time3h 40m
Trips per day5
Bus lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Indianapolis to South Bend 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 Indianapolis to South Bend?

Unfortunately there are currently no buses that go the entire distance from Indianapolis to South Bend. 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 Indianapolis to South Bend?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $56.09 was the low point for bus fares from Indianapolis to South Bend. Buses from South Bend to Indianapolis are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $56.09 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 9 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $16.89 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 8 hours and 37 minutes to cover the 132 miles (212 kilometers) from Indianapolis, IN to South Bend, IN. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 40 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, 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 Indianapolis?

The first bus leaves at 3:00am and the last bus leaves at 7:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Indianapolis to South Bend, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 5 scheduled buses that travel from Indianapolis to South Bend every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. However, only one of these is a direct bus. With direct service, you do not have to transfer onto a different bus at any point during your trip. Direct buses also tend to be significantly faster, which is worth bearing in mind as you compare the available options.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Indianapolis to South Bend; ticket prices start at $52.08.

What bus companies travel from Indianapolis to South Bend?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from Indianapolis, Indiana to South Bend, Indiana. Of these two services, Miller Transportation usually offers more choice, with 4 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Barons Bus Lines18h 5m$68.07
Miller Transportation48h 47m$59.03

Where does the bus leave from in Indianapolis?

Most buses depart from the main station in Indianapolis, Indiana:

  • Intl Airport - Zone 1 Ground Transp Ctr
  • 350 S Illinois St

Where does the bus arrive in South Bend?

All buses from Indianapolis arrive at one main station in South Bend, Indiana:

  • 100 W S St

Price trends for buses from Indianapolis to South Bend

Average prices by travel date

$80$53$27SepOct

Monthly average prices

$67$53$40$27$13ONDJFMAMJJAS

Prices as travel date approaches

$100$80$60$40$203020100

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