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Journey Information

Grand Rapids to Chicago bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$29.38
Fastest time2h 45m
Trips per day2
Bus lines2

Grand Rapids to Chicago Route Map

Grand Rapids Chicago

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Grand Rapids to Chicago 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 this holiday season, click here.

How much is a bus ticket from Grand Rapids to Chicago?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $32.05 was the low point for bus fares from Grand Rapids to Chicago. Buses from Chicago to Grand Rapids are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $32.05 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets for the upcoming winter holidays is by booking as early as possible. You should book your bus at least 16 days in advance in order to save on winter travel. By doing so, you could save $40.97 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 5 hours and 3 minutes to cover the 125 miles (201 kilometers) from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago, IL. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 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?

Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Grand Rapids to Chicago 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, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Grand Rapids?

The first bus leaves at 8:00am and the last bus leaves at 5:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Grand Rapids to Chicago, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are usually only 2 buses per day from Grand Rapids to Chicago. One bus is a direct connection, meaning that you can stay on the same vehicle for the entire trip, without having to transfer onto a connecting bus at any point.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Grand Rapids to Chicago; ticket prices start at $37.39.

What bus companies travel from Grand Rapids to Chicago?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Chicago, Illinois. Of these two services, Indian Trails usually offers more choice, with 2 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Indian Trails25h 4m$50.31
Tornado Bus12h 48m$114.25

Where does the bus leave from in Grand Rapids?

Grand Rapids, Michigan has two bus stations with service to Chicago, Illinois:

  • Rapid Central Station - 250 Grandville Ave SW
  • National Supermarket Inc

Where does the bus arrive in Chicago?

Buses arrive in Chicago at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Chicago, Illinois:

  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Tornado Bus Station

Price trends for buses from Grand Rapids to Chicago

Average prices by travel date

$60$40$20NovDec

Monthly average prices

$67$53$40$27$13JFMAMJJASOND

Prices as travel date approaches

$67$53$40$27$133020100

bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago, IL
4.4
Based on 7 ratings and reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Indian Trails report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 67 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.7
Staff
4.5
Value
3.7
Condition
4.7
Carmen
5.0
December 20, 2019
Pros
my trip was great. Thank you we loved it my trip was great. Thank you we loved it
Robert
5.0
January 5, 2020Business
Pros
Driver will very knowledgeable and willing to share that with passengers. While her jokes were lame she did give us a disclaimer that stated that fact. Great driver service. Perhaps the best driver I’ve experienced as a 50yr old. Driver will very knowledgeable and willing to share that with passengers. While her jokes were lame she did give us a disclaimer that stated that fact. Great driver service. Perhaps the best driver I’ve experienced as a 50yr old.
Robert
4.0
June 9, 2019Business
Pros
Got read as I made my way to Chicago.Got read as I made my way to Chicago.
Cons
Need more room, seat was cramped and I am pretty average in size.Need more room, seat was cramped and I am pretty average in size.

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