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Journey Information

Cincinnati to Chicago bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$48.02
Fastest time7h 40m
Trips per day7
Bus lines2
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Price trends for buses from Cincinnati to Chicago

Average prices by travel date

$80$53$27AugAug

Monthly average prices

$67$53$40$27$13SONDJFMAMJJA

Prices as travel date approaches

$67$53$40$27$133020100

bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Cincinnati, OH to Chicago, IL
4.4
Based on 7 reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
3.0
Value
3.0
Condition
4.0

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
2.0
Staff
4.0
Value
4.0
Condition
1.0
Arslan
2.0
June 4, 2019Vacation
Pros
the cleanliness of the toilet and a bad smell of peet
Cons
The cleanliness of the toilet and a very bad smell of pee.
Tips
Yes may be

Based on 4 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Megabus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 25 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.3
Staff
5.0
Value
4.8
Condition
4.8
Elena
5.0
November 3, 2019Business
Pros
Fast and really good deal
Cons
Put WiFi code on the window
Tips
It’s affordable, fast and convenient
Evan
5.0
October 25, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Marvelous mix of kind souls!
Cons
WiFi & USB ports fell short of expectations
Tips
Smiles make miles seem like seconds
Alissa
5.0
July 12, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Was my first time traveling by bus to Chicago. Was pretty easy and love that drop off is right downtown!
Cons
A little more leg room
Tips
Great way to go to Chicago!

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
5.0
Value
5.0
Condition
5.0
Benjamin
5.0
December 1, 2019Vacation
Pros
Best bus trip experience in awhile!
Cons
WiFi was password protected with no password posted anywhere
Tips
Recommend ourBus over megabus/greyhound based on this trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Cincinnati 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, click here.

How much is a bus ticket from Cincinnati to Chicago?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $50.25 was the low point for bus fares from Cincinnati to Chicago. Buses from Chicago to Cincinnati are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $50.25 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 11 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $14.86 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 11 hours and 14 minutes to cover the 252 miles (406 kilometers) from Cincinnati, OH to Chicago, IL. However, the fastest bus only takes 7 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?

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, 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 Cincinnati?

The first bus leaves at 7:00am and the last bus leaves at 9:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Cincinnati to Chicago, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 7 scheduled buses that travel from Cincinnati to Chicago every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Cincinnati to Chicago; ticket prices start at $56.02.

What bus companies travel from Cincinnati to Chicago?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from Cincinnati, Ohio to Chicago, Illinois. Of these two services, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 5 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Barons Bus Lines211h 15m$58.72
Greyhound511h 14m$52.01

Where does the bus leave from in Cincinnati?

Buses to Chicago leave from multiple locations in Cincinnati, Ohio. These are the 3 most popular bus stations:

  • Bus Terminal - 1005 Gilbert Ave
  • Univ of Cinc - 2815 Commons Way

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:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave

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