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Journey Information

Indianapolis to Chicago coach - cost & duration

Cheapest price£17.26
Shortest Duration3h 15m
Trips per day18
Coach lines4

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Indianapolis to Chicago?

An average train ticket from Indianapolis to Chicago costs around $41. The only Amtrak line that covers this route is the Amtrak Cardinal, with a typical travel time of about 5 hours.

What is the best way to get from Indianapolis to Chicago?

The best way to get from Indianapolis to Chicago is by bus. Costing as little as $4.99 per ticket, the bus is both less expensive and usually faster than the train. A flight is technically faster, but with an average cost between $170 and $250 for a nonstop ticket and the additional time required for security, it’s probably not worth it.

Is Indy to Chicago a good day-trip?

Indianapolis to Chicago is a reasonable day-trip if you’re ready for a long day. The fastest bus takes around 3 hours 15 minutes. With over 35 daily buses going in each direction, however, you can arrive in Chicago as early as 6:55 a.m. and leave as late as 11:59 p.m., giving you plenty of time to explore Chicago.

Is it safe to travel by coach from Indianapolis 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 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 Indianapolis to Chicago?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, £18.35 was the low point for coach fares from Indianapolis to Chicago. Coaches from Chicago to Indianapolis are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than £18.35 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 26 days in advance. By doing so, you could save £18.12 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the coach ride?

The coach usually takes around 5 hours and 14 minutes to cover the 165 miles (265 kilometers) from Indianapolis, IN to Chicago, IL. However, the fastest coach only takes 3 hours and 15 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?

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when coaches 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, Sunday is typically the least busy day for coach travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded coaches to Chicago, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When do the earliest and latest coaches leave Indianapolis?

The first coach leaves at 03:00 and the last coach leaves at 19:00. To see the times for all coaches from Indianapolis to Chicago, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many coaches are there each day?

There are 18 scheduled coaches that travel from Indianapolis to Chicago every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 9 direct coaches, where you can stay on the same coach without having to transfer to a connecting coach at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Indianapolis to Chicago; ticket prices start at £18.05.

What coach companies travel from Indianapolis to Chicago?

There are 4 coach lines from Indianapolis, Indiana to Chicago, Illinois. With 11 daily trips, Miller Transportation 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
Amtrak Thruway14h 15m£18.71
Greyhound64h 23m£23.05
Miller Transportation115h 48m£29.95
OurBus13h 50m£20.27

Where does the coach leave from in Indianapolis?

Coaches to Chicago leave from multiple locations in Indianapolis, Indiana. These are the 5 most popular coach stations:

  • 350 S Illinois St
  • Intl Airport - Zone 1 Ground Transp Ctr
  • E Washington St btwn Delaware St & N Alabama St

Where does the coach arrive in Chicago?

Coaches arrive in Chicago at 5 stations, depending on which coach line you are traveling with. These are the main coach stations in Chicago, Illinois:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave
  • Canal St btwn W Jackson Blvd and W Van Buren St

Price trends for coaches from Indianapolis to Chicago

Average prices by travel date

£35£24£12SepOct

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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coach Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for coaches from Indianapolis, IN to Chicago, IL
4.7
Based on 22 ratings and reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 67 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
4.2
Value
4.0
Condition
4.0
Charity
4.0
27 November 2019Visiting family
Pros
Quiet, comfortable, good driver
Cons
reading lights didn't work; no seatbelt on one bus; not sure why my return trip left from 95th and Dan Ryan, which had no indoor place to wait or available bathrooms. Alos the bus left 10 minutes before scheduled time. I was there, but was not expecting bus to leave e...More
Tips
Better be there early--bus leaves before it's scheduled to go.
Thierry
4.0
9 September 2019Solo travel
Cons
Les information sur l'adresse exacte du point de départ et du point d'arrivé.
Robert
5.0
3 August 2019Visiting family
Pros
It was a short trip. Good timing
Kali
4.0
18 June 2019Vacation
Pros
Easy, new experience, do worry about driving or stopping for breaks.
Cons
NA
Tips
NA

Based on 5 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
4.0
Staff
4.4
Value
4.2
Condition
4.4
Reuben
5.0
2 January 2020Visiting friends
Pros
Trip arrived 25 mins early! Smooth, and a great deal.
Cons
I mean the seat was a little cramped. But for ten bucks I really can’t complain
Drew
5.0
22 June 2019Business
Pros
Smoothness.
Cons
Interaction with other city transportation.
Tips
Great place to get taken care of..

Based on 12 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with OurBus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 67 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.7
Staff
4.8
Value
4.7
Condition
5.0
Erica
5.0
20 December 2019Solo travel
Pros
The ride was smoove and comfortable. The bus was very clean. The driver made sure she explained everything in detail and made everyone feel safe
Cons
somewhere warm people can wait for the bus
Tips
They should book with you guys! They won't be disappointed!!!
Edouard
5.0
8 November 2019Vacation
Pros
Cheap with good quality
Cons
Nothing
Tips
Follow correctly the instructions
Karli
5.0
3 November 2019Vacation
Pros
Taking the bus was great for both of us to enjoy the journey rather than one driving and one riding. I was happy I didn't have to hassle with tolls or parking. It was very convenient.
Kim
5.0
2 September 2019Vacation
Pros
All was great!!
Rosemarie
4.0
24 August 2019
Cons
Internet was not available !!!!

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