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Journey Information

There are 3 intercity buses per day from Omaha to Chicago. Traveling by bus from Omaha to Chicago usually takes around 10 hours and 47 minutes, but the fastest Burlington Trailways bus can make the trip in 8 hours and 25 minutes.

Distance435 mi (699 km)
Shortest duration8h 25m
Cheapest price$167.76
Trips per day1
Most frequent serviceBurlington Trailways
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Omaha to Chicago

(Based on 9 ratings and reviews)

4.3

5.0

Jesus

June 7, 2023- Solo travel

Burlington Trailways

Pros: Pleased with service and trip was comfortable. Definitely recommended. Cons: Just new applications. Tips: Join the ride!

5.0

Jamelia

January 20, 2020- Visiting family

Windstar Lines

Pros: The ride was smooth and the stops were brief. We had enough time to go to the bathroom but it wasn't too long to prolong our trip to the final destination. Cons: I was too hot. I know I get hot easily so I didn't complain but the heat was blasting and it triggered my asthma a bit. Tips: Just sit back and relax.

3.0

Jacob

August 6, 2019- Solo travel

Windstar Lines

more spacious earlier departure stops in areas with high volume stores

1.0

Matthew

July 30, 2019- Vacation

Burlington Trailways

Pros: It arrived on time. Cons: Maybe use a different type of hand sanitizer. I nearly puked everytime I had to use it.

How much is a bus ticket from Omaha to Chicago?

$167.76 is the average price of a bus ticket from Omaha to Chicago. Bus tickets on this route can be more expensive due to the length of the trip. However, taking the bus can still be a good alternative to flying. 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

$184$123$61MayJun

Bus tickets from Omaha to Chicago are expected to cost between $168 and $180 over the next four weeks. If you're planning a trip to Chicago within the next week, you can find the cheapest bus tickets starting from $168. Don't wait too long to book your ticket, as prices tend to rise as the travel date approaches.

Monthly average prices

$205$164$123$82$41JJASONDJFMAM
If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from Omaha to Chicago, mark your calendar for May. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just $143. However, taking the bus from Omaha to Chicago during November is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of $173. The best way to find deals on a trip in November is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

Prices as travel date approaches

$205$164$123$82$413020100

Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 14 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save C$37.04 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Omaha to Chicago?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Omaha to Chicago. Burlington Trailways connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Burlington Trailways310h 47m$175.73
  • Book Burlington Trailways from Omaha to Chicago from $168. There are 3 Burlington Trailways schedules from Omaha to Chicago and you can expect on average to pay for a Burlington Trailways ticket to Chicago. In Omaha, Burlington Trailways departs to Chicago from Burlington Trailways Terminal and no other station. In Chicago, Burlington Trailways arrives at Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St and no other station.

    An average trip on Burlington Trailways from Omaha to Chicago takes 10 hours and 47 minutes , while the fastest available Burlington Trailways trip will get you to Chicago in 8 hours and 25 minutes .

    On weekends, Burlington Trailways offers 3 trips per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Chicago.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 10 hours and 47 minutes to cover the 699 kilometers from Omaha to Chicago. However, the fastest bus only takes 8 hours and 25 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 Omaha 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, Sunday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded buses to Chicago, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 9:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Omaha to Chicago, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 3 scheduled buses that travel from Omaha to Chicago 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 Omaha to Chicago; ticket prices start at $81.83.

City Information

Omaha

Once known as the “Gateway to the West,” Omaha effortlessly blends its rich historical heritage with modern growth. To catch an air of the city’s old-town vibe, head towards the Old Market quarter. Featuring brick-paved streets along with horse-drawn carriages, the area is an idyllic time capsule that offers a glimpse into the past. Also situated within the quarter are the Joslyn Art Museum and the Omaha Children’s Museum. Animal lovers might want to check out Omaha’s Doorly Zoo or the Aquarium, which features cute Rockhopper penguins as well as a 70-foot shark tunnel.

Steakhouses dominate the city’s restaurant scene, but there has been a recent boom of modern eateries. If you wish to enjoy these modern foods, Kitchen Table will offer everything you need.

The busiest bus station in the city is the Burlington Trailways Terminal downtown. For trains, the main Amtrak station is located on S 9th St, not too far from the bus station. Omaha is served by Amtrak’s California Zephyr line. The city’s principal airport is the Eppley Airfield, located 3 miles northeast of downtown.

Chicago

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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Omaha?

Main departure station: Burlington Trailways Terminal

The Burlington Trailways Station on Jackson St, located in east Omaha, provides bus services for several bus carriers: Greyhound, Jefferson Lines, Express Arrow, and Burlington Trailways. The station features an indoor waiting area, as well as vending machines and restrooms. The Burlington Trailways station is only a short walk from several cafes and restaurants if you feel like grabbing something more substantial to get you through your bus journey.

All bus stations in Omaha:

  • Burlington Trailways Terminal

Where does the bus arrive in Chicago?

Chicago Greyhound Bus Station - CHIGLI3-0

Image credit: Jeramey Jannene

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Main arrival station: Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

All buses from Omaha arrive at one main station in Chicago.

Bus stations in Chicago:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

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