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Journey Information

There are 2 daily buses from Houston to Chicago. Traveling by bus from Houston to Chicago usually takes around 22 hours and 14 minutes, but the fastest Tornado Bus bus can make the trip in 21 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance942 mi (1516 km)
Shortest duration21h 30m
Cheapest price$212.47
Most frequent serviceTornado Bus
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

4.4

2.0

Akiode

June 5, 2019 - Vacation

Greyhound

Pros: It was pleasant, 24 layover. Cons: Schedule of the vehicle by providing extra bus if there is a breakdown. Tips: Nor.

Pros: It was pleasant, 24 layover. Cons: Schedule of the vehicle by providing extra bus if there is a breakdown. Tips: Nor.

Price trends for buses from Houston to Chicago

Monthly average prices

$187$150$112$75$37JASONDJFMAMJ

Prices as travel date approaches

$249$200$150$100$503020100

What bus companies travel from Houston to Chicago?

There is one bus company that operates from Houston to Chicago. Tornado Bus is the one bus line that services this route. Although it's the sole option, there are a couple of different travel times to choose from each day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Tornado Bus222h 15m$212.68

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Houston to Chicago during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 22 hours and 14 minutes to cover the 942 miles (1516 kilometers) from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL. However, the fastest bus only takes 21 hours and 30 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 Houston 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 Houston?

The first bus leaves at 12:00pm and the last bus leaves at 1:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Houston 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 Houston to Chicago. However, neither bus offers direct service, so you will have to get off your original vehicle to transfer buses during the trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Houston to Chicago; ticket prices start at $134.66.

City Information

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.

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 Houston?

Departure stations

Buses to Chicago leave from 4 stations in Houston.

Bus stations in Houston:

  • Tornado Bus Station - Airport

  • Tornado Bus Station - Lockwood

  • 7011 Harrisburg Blvd

Where does the bus arrive in Chicago?

Arrival stations

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

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