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About Rockford

Located on the banks of the Rock River, Rockford is one of Illinois' best vacation destinations and the state's fourth-largest city. With its vast, green open spaces, golf courses, four rivers, and Rock Cut State Park, this city offers many opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Rockford is often referred to as the City of Gardens, owing to its numerous beautifully-landscaped areas. The Anderson Japanese Gardens boasts the reputation of being one of the highest-quality Japanese gardens in North America, with picturesque water features and exotic plants; the perfect place for an afternoon stroll.

Head indoors to Rockford's museums on cooler days, including the Riverfront Museum Park and the Burpee Museum of Natural History. Finish the day with tickets for a show at the Coronado Performing Arts Centre and enjoy the atmospheric-style theatre and movie house's outstanding interior architecture.

Rockford is conveniently situated near three airports, Rockford International, Chicago O'Hare International, and Dane County Regional. Bus service runs from these airports and Union Station in Chicago to easily access the city. In addition, Amtrak Thruway buses connect Rockford to Amtrak's rail network, with destinations via train including Detroit, St. Louis, and even New York.

What bus companies travel to Rockford, Illinois?

Located in Illinois, Rockford is accessible by bus from 2 other cities. You can choose from 32 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Rockford on Wanderu. Coach USA usually has the most buses on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Train tickets to Rockford are also available..

Bus companies serving Rockford

BusRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US1431d 22h 21m€315.90
Tornado Bus2419h 7m€194.15
Greyhound1411h 42m€48.99
Coach USA11h 10m€25.89
Amtrak Thruway12h 23m€33.04
  • FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment.

  • Tornado Bus is a Texan bus company operating in Texas and Mexico. Their bus service connects cities such as Houston, McAllen, San Antonio, and the international border at El Paso. Their buses offer onboard WiFi, plenty of leg room, air conditioning, restrooms, and power outlets.

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound buses are outfitted with power outlets, free WiFi, restrooms, and air conditioning for your comfort.

  • Amtrak Thruway, also known as Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, is a system of intercity passenger buses operated by Amtrak to connect train stations to areas that are not served by the carrier’s railroads. On the bus, passengers can enjoy comfortable reclining seats with leg rests and access to onboard restroom facilities.

Which bus service has the best service to Rockford?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Rockford by bus with Van Galder giving them a 5 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Thruway had the most comfortable bus service to Rockford taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Thruway offers. They rate Amtrak Thruway a 4.5 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Rockford punctually, travelers suggest that Van Galder has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to Rockford, rating them a 5 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

€18.81 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Rockford, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Rockford. In the last month, buses from Champaign to Rockford had the lowest average price at €26.19.

The busiest bus station in Rockford is Van Galder Bus Office. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in Rockford are:

  • Van Galder Bus Office
  • E Side Tranfer Ctr
  • EL Carrusel
The closest airport to Rockford is Chicago Rockford Intl Airport (RFD), it is located 5.3 miles from the city center of Rockford.
Rockford is the third most popular destination for bus trips in Illinois. It also ranks number 230 in United States. Rockford ranks number 5 in the region in terms of the number of destinations that connect to Rockford via bus service. On average 30 direct daily bus trips serve Rockford.
The population of Rockford is 148278. Rockford ranks number 2 in terms of population in Illinois and number 169 in all of United States.
Bus tickets to Rockford range from for a short trip to Rockford, while a 60 to 200 mile bus trip to Rockford starts at , and a longer trip by bus to Rockford can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as .
People who take the bus to Rockford are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a bus last minute make taking a bus to Rockford easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.
The closest bus station to the city center of Rockford is EL Carrusel, located just 1.5 miles away. Select EL Carrusel as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Rockford. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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