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Journey Information

Chicago to Indianapolis bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price€0.92
Shortest Duration3h 15m
Trips per day29
Bus lines5
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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Chicago to Indianapolis
4.6
Based on 24 reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 50 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
3.6
Value
3.6
Condition
4.2
John
5.0
7 October 2019Visiting family
Pros
Our driver set the rules straight right from the start which meant we all had a nice quiet trip.
Cons
Nothing. It was great
Kaley
5.0
30 August 2019Visiting family
Pros
This is an easy and affordable way for me to get home
Cons
Seems to be a good system they have
Tips
Bring a sweatshirt I got a little chilly
Vidushi
1.0
7 June 2019Visiting family
Pros
Nothing. Most disappointing and frustrating trip of my life.
Cons
Greyhound probably offers the worst bus service out there. The station is dirty. The washrooms are in pathetic condition. The staff is very rude and upon being questioned why the bus is late, they just explained very briefly about the bus breaking down and said that the...More
Tips
PLEASE do not use greyhound ever in your life. There are much better services like Megabus. Avoid greyhound forever. The buses are frequently late and their service is the worst I have ever experienced.

Based on 6 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Megabus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 50 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.8
Staff
4.3
Value
3.7
Condition
4.3
Kelly
4.0
4 March 2020Solo travel
Pros
Quick Easy
Cons
Seats were not comfy, there was no plugs or WiFi on board
Tips
Being a neck pillow or something to get comfy with.
Julian
5.0
15 February 2020Visiting family
Pros
Quick, easy process that got me where I needed to be. The double decker is beautiful with the windows and roof window and the seats spread out and what not. Nice bus
Cons
The seats could just be so much more conducive for sleeping. The cushioning is the absolute minimum (which I can understand because of the cost, but still). If the people are comfortable and sleeping, there’s also less chance for squabbling or incidents. It was a midnig...More
Tips
Just have your ticket ready
Jordan
5.0
28 December 2019Vacation
Pros
Driver was amazing; friendly and quick to help
Cons
Cleanliness of bus, outlets on bus
Myo
5.0
24 October 2019Regular commuter
Pros
Good
Cons
Baggage fee is expensive
Tips
No
Alexis
4.0
13 June 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Sit back and enjoy
Cons
Everything is fine

Based on 1 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Thruway report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
2.0
Staff
5.0
Value
4.0
Condition
5.0
Caroline
5.0
21 July 2019Visiting family
Pros
Able to see the landscape
Cons
More legroom

Based on 12 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with OurBus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 58 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.1
Staff
4.8
Value
4.7
Condition
4.8
Thyra
5.0
28 December 2019Visiting family
Pros
very nice driver!
Tips
Earplugs for devices.
Amy
5.0
24 November 2019Solo travel
Pros
Great ride home. The bus driver was super nice!
Cons
None
Ahmed
4.0
18 August 2019Visiting friends
Cons
The wifi didn’t work
Jadwiga
4.0
12 August 2019Visiting family
Cons
The bus stop was difficult to find....it should be marked better....
Tips
Totally recommend
Delve
5.0
5 August 2019Visiting friends
Pros
The driver was outstanding qa
Cons
More trips leave daily
Tips
Just sit back and enjoy the ride

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a train from Chicago to Indianapolis?

Yes, there is a train from Chicago to Indianapolis. The Amtrak Cardinal covers this route 1 time per day. Tickets average about $28, and the trip takes almost 5 hours.

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

The best way to get from Chicago to Indianapolis is probably by bus. The bus is often both the cheapest and fastest travel option for this particular route, and also has the most schedules per day.

How do you get from Chicago O’Hare to Indianapolis?

To get from Chicago O’Hare to Indianapolis, you’ll take a 46 minute subway trip from the O’Hare station to the Clinton Blue Line Station. From there, you can travel two blocks north and catch a bus from Union Station, about three blocks south to take a Megabus, or about a block and a half southwest to the Greyhound station.

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Indianapolis?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, €18.49 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to Indianapolis. Buses from Indianapolis to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than €18.49 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 bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 26 days in advance. By doing so, you could save €14.10 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 4 hours and 54 minutes to cover the 265 kilometers (165 miles) from Chicago to Indianapolis. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 15 minutes. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the bus.

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

With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for bus travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Chicago?

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

How many buses are there each day?

There are 29 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Indianapolis every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 17 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Chicago to Indianapolis; ticket prices start at €21.06.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Indianapolis?

There are 5 bus lines from Chicago to Indianapolis. With 14 daily trips, Greyhound usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:
BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway24h 30m€30.22
Greyhound146h 6m€22.31
Megabus53h 32m€15.25
Miller Transportation85h 49m€43.12
OurBus23h 45m€18.30

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Buses to Indianapolis leave from multiple locations in Chicago, Illinois. These are the 5 most popular bus stations:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • W Polk St. btwn S Clinton St and S Canal St
  • Canal St btwn W Jackson Blvd and W Van Buren St
  • Canal St btwn W Jackson Blvd and W Van Buren St

Where does the bus arrive in Indianapolis?

Buses arrive in Indianapolis at 5 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Indianapolis, Indiana:

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

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