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Journey Information

St Louis to Columbus bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$40.26
Fastest time8h 50m
Trips per day16
Bus lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from St Louis to Columbus 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.

How much is a bus ticket from St Louis to Columbus?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $72.02 was the low point for bus fares from St Louis to Columbus. Buses from Columbus to St Louis are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $72.02 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 4 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $64.89 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 12 hours and 23 minutes to cover the 396 miles (637 kilometers) from St Louis, MO to Columbus, OH. However, the fastest bus only takes 8 hours and 50 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?

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, Sunday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded buses to Columbus, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave St Louis?

The first bus leaves at 7:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from St Louis to Columbus, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 16 scheduled buses that travel from St Louis to Columbus 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.

What bus companies travel from St Louis to Columbus?

There is one bus company that operates from St Louis to Columbus. Greyhound is the only company that connects the two cities by bus. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled buses per day, so travelers still have a good amount of choice and flexibility.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound1612h 24m$96.97

Book Greyhound from St Louis to Columbus from $38. There are 16 Greyhound schedules from St Louis to Columbus and you can expect on average to pay $97 for a Greyhound ticket to Columbus. In St Louis, Greyhound departs to Columbus from Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St and 1 other station. In Columbus, Greyhound arrives at Bus Terminal - 111 E Town St and 2 other stations. An average trip on Greyhound from St Louis to Columbus takes 12 hours and 24 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Columbus in 8 hours and 50 minutes, On weekends, Greyhound offers 15 trips per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Columbus.

Where does the bus leave from in St Louis?

St Louis, Missouri has two bus stations with service to Columbus, Ohio:

  • Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St
  • Lambert Intl Apt Busport

Where does the bus arrive in Columbus?

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

  • Bus Terminal - 111 E Town St
  • Ohio State Univ - 1739 N High St
  • Columbus Intl Arpt

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