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About Barons Bus

Barons Bus is a bus transportation company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio with service in 67+ cities in the Midwest. Founded in 2012 by the former owners of Lakefront Lines, Barons Bus boasts one of the newest fleets of modern buses in the U.S. These buses are replete with enhanced features such as free WiFi, power outlets, ADA accessible steps and spacious bathrooms, in line with the company's slogan of "ride like royalty." As one of the highest-rated bus services, Barons is known for its skilled drivers, top-notch safety record, and stellar customer service.

Barons Bus Lines can be found operating in major cities such as Columbus, Indianapolis, Chicago, Detroit, and Cincinnati. With tickets starting at just $4.00, it is a popular and affordable option for college students. Barons Bus provides service on multiple university campuses including the Ohio State University, University of Michigan, Kenyon College, and West Virginia University.

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 * #4 Best Wi-Fi   
 * #5 Best Value Service
  • #1 Business Travelers' Favorite
    • #4 Commuters' Favorite
    • #4 Best Wi-Fi
    • #5 Best Value Service

Barons Bus Amenities

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Barons Bus bus coverage

Daily Trips6,936
stations72
cities67
countries1

What travelers are saying about Barons Bus

Here’s what Wanderu users who have booked trips with Barons Bus had to say about their travel experience.

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 102 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 139 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 155 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 183 reviews
“The bus got there on time.”
based on 183 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 165 reviews
“The bus was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 181 reviews

Barons Bus reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Barons Bus

(Based on 218 reviews)

4.3
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort

4.2

Timeliness

4.6

Staff

4.3

Value

4.0

Condition

4.5

Barons Bus passenger reviews

4.0

Elizabeth

January 10, 2023- Visiting family

Columbus to Chicago

Pros: Comfortable bus. It was a cold day in January but the bus was warm. Cons: I didn't realize that the bus would make so many local stops between Columbus and Chicago. I didn't realize that we would be on state routes--not interstate highways. This made the trip fee...

Pros: Comfortable bus. It was a cold day in January but the bus was warm. Cons: I didn't realize that the bus would make so many local stops between Columbus and Chicago. I didn't realize that we would be on state routes--not interstate highways. This made the trip feel slow. In terms of avoiding feeling carsick, I do better with maintaining a constant speed and fewer stops. Tips: You will pick up the bus in Columbus INSIDE the bus depot--not outside at the curb. I'm used to riding buses to/from New York City & Washington, D.C. Except for Greyhound and sometimes Peter Pan, buses (like Megabus) just pick up and drop off in the middle of a city block in New York.

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5.0

Iryna

December 15, 2022- Visiting family

Chicago to Cleveland

Very good driver!!!

Very good driver!!!

2.0

John

November 24, 2022- Solo travel

Chicago to South Bend

Pros: Driver was not attentive to passenger needs. We could hear her personal relationship conversation through the entire bus during our trip. I ended up in Lima, Ohio wasting two days trying to return. Very disappointed. Cons: If you check tickets and know who is goi...

Pros: Driver was not attentive to passenger needs. We could hear her personal relationship conversation through the entire bus during our trip. I ended up in Lima, Ohio wasting two days trying to return. Very disappointed. Cons: If you check tickets and know who is going where. You could call last names before you depart each town. Just as a premium courtesy. Tips: Check with greyhound customer service. Itinerary from stations are not showing layovers and bus changes.

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2.0

Timo

November 16, 2022- Visiting friends

Chicago to Cleveland

Pros: The price was fair and the description did match. Cons: Friendliness. Tips: You don’t have to be there 1 hour early.

Pros: The price was fair and the description did match. Cons: Friendliness. Tips: You don’t have to be there 1 hour early.

5.0

Christine

October 7, 2022- Visiting family

Chicago to Columbus

Pros: I didnt have to drive! Such a treat to just sit and work on my laptop! Cons: legroom + having a lap tray. stronger wifi. Tips: Bring snacks. stops are brief and not much food choice.

Pros: I didnt have to drive! Such a treat to just sit and work on my laptop! Cons: legroom + having a lap tray. stronger wifi. Tips: Bring snacks. stops are brief and not much food choice.

Barons Bus Routes & Network

Barons Bus’s bus network features 4183 bus routes that connect 67 cities serving 72 stations. On average, Barons Bus performs about 6936 bus trips every day. The top cities to which Barons Bus offers the highest number of daily bus service include Cincinnati and Chicago.

Top Cities Served by Barons Bus

CityRouteEarliest busLatest bus
Columbus65:05 am4:55 am
Chicago65:05 am4:55 am
Cincinnati75:05 am4:55 am
Cleveland75:05 am4:55 am
Akron65:05 am4:55 am
Fort Wayne75:05 am4:55 am
Indianapolis75:05 am4:55 am
Detroit65:05 am4:55 am
South Bend65:05 am4:55 am

Most popular Barons Bus routes

The bus from Cincinnati to Chicago is Barons Bus’s most popular route. Trips from Columbus to Chicago and Cincinnati to Columbus are also highly popular.

Top Barons Bus routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Cincinnati to Chicago318h 43m$61
Columbus to Chicago812h 21m$36
Cincinnati to Columbus37h 1m$72
Cleveland to Columbus23h 20m$53
Columbus to Akron67h 28m$33
Fort Wayne to Chicago24h 12m$53
Cleveland to Chicago411h 18m$40
Detroit to Indianapolis15h 20m$93
Chicago to South Bend31h 56m$33

Barons Bus Cancellation Policy

Barons Bus Lines tickets are non-refundable and cannot be cancelled. Remember to double check all of your travel details before completing your booking.

Barons Bus Lines tickets can only be used on the date and time you booked, and you may not be able to reschedule your ticket if your travel plans change. You may call Barons Bus Lines’ customer service phone number at 1 (888) 378-3823 to request an exchange, but unfortunately most tickets are not eligible to be rescheduled.

Wanderu also offers an affordable trip protection option by Allianz Global Assistance that you can add to your purchase. In addition to 24-hour assistance during your trip and benefits if your bus is delayed, trip protection can help you get your money back in case you need to cancel or change your travel plans. You may be reimbursed if you cannot travel on your bus trip due to covered reasons which include illness, extreme weather, or required work shifts.

Barons Bus Bus Guide & FAQs

Do Barons Bus buses have WiFi?

Yes, Barons Bus offers WiFi on their buses. Although most trips with Barons Bus will have WiFi as advertised, some buses might not come equipped with WiFi and onboard WiFi can lose its connection in rural areas. We recommend you bring a book or download a movie just to play it safe. Barons Bus WiFi is generally best used for surfing the web, checking emails and chatting with friends; you shouldn’t count on the WiFi to binge watch your favorite show.

Are there power outlets or USB plugs on the bus?

Yes, there are power outlets onboard Barons Bus buses. You can generally find one or two sockets per row of seats, so be a good traveller and check if your seat neighbor might want to charge up their devices as well. With the onboard power outlets, you can charge both a computer and USB devices with a USB power adapter that typically comes with most phones and tablets.

Since Barons Bus might sometimes use replacement bus vehicles, not all trips are guaranteed to have power points. We recommend to bring a power bank to charge your phone for all trips over 2 hours, just in case.

What is Barons Bus's schedule?

On a typical day, Barons Bus has 6936 scheduled bus trips in total. However, the exact departure and arrival times vary depending on the day and route. The best way to find the exact schedule for your trip is to use the search tool on this page.

Can you pick up will call tickets at the station?

No, Barons Bus does not offer will call tickets. You should purchase your tickets online and make sure you have everything you need to board before you arrive at the station.

Do you need an ID to get on the bus?

Yes, Barons Bus requires you to present an ID to an agent to be allowed to board the bus. Make sure you have identification issued by a government agency that meets the carrier’s requirements. Alternative IDs, such as a college ID, won’t work.

What are Barons Bus’s COVID-19 policies?

Visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide to view the most up-to-date information about Barons Bus’s cleaning protocols and adjusted ticket change policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are there bathrooms on Barons Bus buses?

Yes, there are bathrooms on Barons Bus buses. The bathrooms are pretty basic and include a toilet, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Most bathrooms don’t have running water. As you will be using a bathroom on a moving vehicle, please use caution and hold on to a rail at all times.

Are meals or beverages available?

Barons Bus does not offer meals or beverages onboard. We recommend you bring a drink and some snacks for your trip. We also suggest packing a reusable water bottle with you to reduce your impact on the environment. However, note that most buses do not allow you to bring your own alcoholic drinks.

Do you have to print your Barons Bus ticket?

Yes, Barons Bus requires that all passengers have printed tickets to board the bus. When you book with Wanderu and activate your account, you will be able to easily find and download your tickets for most buses.

Does Barons Bus offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

Barons Bus focuses on delivering a great travel experience at a low price and currently does not offer premium features like extra legroom or onboard entertainment. But these days, between your laptop, tablet, smartphone and e-reader, you’re the master of your own entertainment even on longer journeys.

Cheap Barons Bus tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 6,936 Barons Bus trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Barons Bus tickets start at just $4.00. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

How do I get the best deal on Barons Bus tickets?

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