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About Barons Bus

Barons Bus is a bus transportation company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio with service in 96+ 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 $4.09, 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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  • #1 Business Travelers' Favorite
    • #4 Commuters' Favorite
    • #4 Best Wi-Fi
    • #5 Best Value Service

Barons Bus Amenities

Air conditioningAir conditioning
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Barons Bus bus coverage

Daily Trips1,557

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 134 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 170 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 185 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 217 reviews
“The bus got there on time.”
based on 218 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 196 reviews
“The bus was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 215 reviews

Barons Bus reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Barons Bus

(Based on 257 reviews)

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Barons Bus passenger reviews



April 25, 2024- Visiting friends

Cleveland to Columbus

Pros: Expirienced driver. Cons: Maybe seat in the front that are blocked due to coronavirus should be allowed for passengers to seat, it does no sense to not let people sit there. Tips: Arrive 15 minutes early before the bus takes off to get a good seat.



April 17, 2024- Visiting family

Arlington Heights to Columbus

Pros: Safe, comfortable, clean, economical, competent driver, on time. Cons: All fine. Tips: Nothing new.



April 16, 2024- Visiting friends

Arlington Heights to Columbus

Pros: That I could just sit back and relax. Cons: I was on a Baron's Bus, which was very nice. It had Wi-Fi, but I did not see the password anywhere so I couldn't use it.I. Tips: If you have friends in Columbus and Cincinnati, this bus is the best way to travel.



November 3, 2023- Visiting family

Cleveland to Columbus

I enjoyed the travel experience the driver was safe and informative and one could tell he was experienced in the field I loved it cause normally I’m afraid to travel unless I’m the one driving so it melted some of my fears



August 26, 2023- Visiting family

Arlington Heights to Columbus

Pros: Love how comfortable it was and the wifi. Tips: Will recommend this for them.

Barons Bus Routes & Network

Barons Bus’s bus network features 5346 bus routes that connect 96 cities serving 101 stations. On average, Barons Bus performs about 1557 bus trips every day. The top cities to which Barons Bus offers the highest number of daily bus service include Columbus and Chicago.

Top Cities Served by Barons Bus

CityRouteEarliest busLatest bus
Columbus74:55 am3:55 am
Chicago114:25 am3:55 am
Cleveland74:25 am3:25 am
Cincinnati104:25 am3:25 am
Akron44:25 am3:25 am
Fort Wayne55:25 am3:55 am
Indianapolis84:55 am3:00 am
Detroit54:55 am3:55 am
South Bend54:55 am2:15 am

Most popular Barons Bus routes

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

Top Barons Bus routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Columbus to Chicago59h 11m$52
Cincinnati to Chicago214h 55m$125
Chicago to South Bend22h 2m$34
Detroit to Indianapolis27h 50m$95
Cleveland to Chicago29h 32m$61
Fort Wayne to Chicago24h 5m$61
Columbus to Akron63h 55m$42
Cleveland to Columbus77h 40m$44
Cincinnati to Columbus76h 0m$27

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

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.

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.

On a typical day, Barons Bus has 1557 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 1,557 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 $4.09. 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?

Wanderu is the best place to score cheap Barons Bus tickets. Wanderu offers the lowest available fares every day and charges no extra booking fees. Plus, you can compare Barons Bus prices with trips offered by other bus companies to be sure you’re getting the best deal on your tickets!

Pro travelers know that booking your ticket well in advance is key to finding the lowest price. Ticket prices normally go up the closer you get to the travel date, so don’t miss out on a good deal when you see one. If you can be flexible with your travel date, you can also get cheap tickets by traveling on weekdays instead of weekends.

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