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Journey Information

Philadelphia to Chicago coach - cost & duration

Cheapest price£30.60
Shortest Duration18h 55m
Trips per day8
Coach lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

How large is Philadelphia?

Philadelphia is Pennsylvania’s largest city, with an area of 141.6 square miles (367 square kilometers). Its city population is 1,584,138 and metro population is 6,096,120.

What’s the fastest bus from Philadelphia to Chicago?

The shortest advertised travel duration by bus from Philadelphia to Chicago is 19 hours by Greyhound. Greyhound offers 10 trips per day on this route.

What time does the earliest bus leave from Philadelphia to Chicago?

The earliest bus from Philadelphia to Chicago departs at 12:00 am on Greyhound. The latest departs at 9:00 pm.

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

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, £33.74 was the low point for coach fares from Philadelphia to Chicago. Coaches from Chicago to Philadelphia are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than £33.74 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 29 days in advance. By doing so, you could save £46.61 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the coach ride?

The coach usually takes around 23 hours and 18 minutes to cover the 664 miles (1068 kilometers) from Philadelphia, PA to Chicago, IL. However, the fastest coach only takes 18 hours and 55 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?

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for coaches, as many passengers take the coach to Chicago at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, 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 coach travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the coach, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest coaches leave Philadelphia?

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

How many coaches are there each day?

There are 8 scheduled coaches that travel from Philadelphia to Chicago every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which coach you take, you will have to transfer coaches at least once during your journey.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Philadelphia to Chicago; ticket prices start at £68.26.

What coach companies travel from Philadelphia to Chicago?

There is one coach company that operates from Philadelphia to Chicago. Greyhound is the only company that connects the two cities by coach. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled coaches per day, so travelers still have a good amount of choice and flexibility.

CoachDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound823h 19m£53.32

Where does the coach leave from in Philadelphia?

Most coaches depart from the main station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

  • Bus Terminal - 1001 Filbert St

Where does the coach arrive in Chicago?

These are the two stations where coaches may stop when they arrive in Chicago, Illinois:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station

Price trends for coaches from Philadelphia to Chicago

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Coach Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for coaches from Philadelphia, PA to Chicago, IL
Based on 2 ratings and reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
16 July 2019Business
The 2nd bus driver was very nice and helpful! He was very stern & direct about others speaking loudly on the phone, which is nice because no one wants to hear others’ vulgar conversations. The 2nd bus driver was very nice and helpful! He was very stern & direct about others speaking loudly on the phone, which is nice because no one wants to hear others’ vulgar conversations.
Less smoking breaks in between driving.Less smoking breaks in between driving.
A passenger brought a big black plastic garbage bag as luggage and was not allowed to put it underneath the bus just an FYI. A passenger brought a big black plastic garbage bag as luggage and was not allowed to put it underneath the bus just an FYI.

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