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Journey Information

Chicago to Columbus coach - cost & duration

Cheapest price£21.97
Shortest Duration7h 35m
Trips per day30
Coach lines3

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by coach from Chicago to Columbus 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 coach 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, coach 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 coach ticket from Chicago to Columbus?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, £21.97 was the low point for coach fares from Chicago to Columbus. Coaches from Columbus to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than £21.97 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 coach companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 27 days in advance. By doing so, you could save £25.70 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the coach ride?

The coach usually takes around 10 hours and 20 minutes to cover the 276 miles (444 kilometers) from Chicago, IL to Columbus, OH. However, the fastest coach only takes 7 hours and 35 minutes. The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the coach. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by coach?

Because many passengers travel from Chicago to Columbus at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for coaches. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Thursday is typically the least busy day for coach travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest coaches leave Chicago?

The first coach leaves at 06:00 and the last coach leaves at 23:00. To see the times for all coaches from Chicago to Columbus, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many coaches are there each day?

There are 30 scheduled coaches that travel from Chicago to Columbus every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 5 direct coaches, where you can stay on the same coach without having to transfer to a connecting coach at any point during your trip.

What coach companies travel from Chicago to Columbus?

There are 3 coach lines from Chicago, Illinois to Columbus, Ohio. With 18 daily trips, Greyhound usually has the most coaches running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

CoachDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Barons Bus Lines59h 25m£38.42
Greyhound1811h 58m£40.68
Miller Transportation79h 7m£47.35

Where does the coach leave from in Chicago?

Coaches to Columbus leave from multiple locations in Chicago, Illinois. These are the 4 most popular coach stations:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave

Where does the coach arrive in Columbus?

Coaches arrive in Columbus at 4 stations, depending on which coach line you are traveling with. These are the main coach stations in Columbus, Ohio:

  • Bus Terminal - 111 E Town St
  • Columbus Intl Arpt
  • Ohio State Univ - 1739 N High St
  • Intl Arpt

Price trends for coaches from Chicago to Columbus

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Prices as travel date approaches


coach Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for coaches from Chicago, IL to Columbus, OH
Based on 6 ratings and reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Users that traveled with Barons Bus Lines report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 67 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
29 May 2020Visiting family
To watch movies
1 January 2020Visiting friends
Nothing but breaks
Chair lean back so people can lay down good n watching movie there never been movie playing
25 May 2019Visiting family
I forgot the driver name going but he is so professional a great driver so nice to every customer. I didn't care for the driver when I came back I think Monday he was really late getting us back.

Based on 2 reviews
Users that traveled with Miller Transportation report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 50 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
9 March 2020Business
It was prompt and on or before time coz of tail winds.
Accept digital tickets. Wifi wasn't working.
9 September 2019Solo travel
It was fun I drove Tours buses in Alaska so it was good to see from a passager exp. I was in front of handicap so seat wont recline but I made it.
Well first after handicap is off reset seat so anyone in front can recline to relax.. other then that TP was out so women had tough time with restroom duty.. #1 replace 1/4 rolls and always check bathroom for TP..

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