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Journey Information

There are 3 intercity buses per day from South Bend to Chicago. Traveling by bus from South Bend to Chicago usually takes around one hour and 51 minutes, but the fastest Miller Transportation bus can make the trip in just one hour and 40 minutes.

Distance72 mi (116 km)
Shortest duration1h 40m
Cheapest price€14.43
Trips per day3
Most frequent serviceBarons Bus Lines
Bus lines2

How much is a bus ticket from South Bend to Chicago?

€14.43 is the average price of a bus ticket from South Bend to Chicago. This is currently one of the best deals in bus travel. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

€29€19€10MayMay

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from South Bend to Chicago is expected to range from €22 to €25. If you are looking to travel to Chicago within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from €23. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are €22 and can be found on 3 June 2022.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from South Bend to Chicago by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around €23 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 24 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save €12.38 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from South Bend to Chicago?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from South Bend to Chicago that you can search and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Barons Bus Lines usually offers more choice, with 2 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Barons Bus Lines21h 58m€24.05
Miller Transportation11h 40m€23.02
  • Barons Bus Lines

    Barons Bus Lines

    Book Barons Bus Lines from South Bend to Chicago from €24. There are 2 Barons Bus Lines schedules from South Bend to Chicago and you can expect on average to pay for a Barons Bus Lines ticket to Chicago. In South Bend, Barons Bus Lines departs to Chicago from 100 W S St and no other station. In Chicago, Barons Bus Lines arrives at Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St and no other station.

    An average trip on Barons Bus Lines from South Bend to Chicago takes 1 hours and 58 minutes , while the fastest available Barons Bus Lines trip will get you to Chicago in 1 hours and 40 minutes .

    On weekends, Barons Bus Lines offers 2 trips per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Chicago.

  • Miller Transportation

    Miller Transportation

    Miller Transportation, through its popular bus service Hoosier Ride, connects a number of cities across six states in the Midwest via intercity bus travel. Miller buses keep you connected throughout your journey with free WiFi and power outlets on board. The carrier is consistently rated well for on-time bus arrivals. The trip from South Bend to Chicago usually lasts 1 hours and 40 minutes on Miller Transportation, and ticket prices start at €14.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from South Bend to Chicago during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus takes an average of one hour and 51 minutes to cover the 116 kilometers from South Bend to Chicago. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 40 minutes. You'll have just enough time for a small nap on this relatively short bus trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

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

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus 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, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus 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 buses leave South Bend?

The first bus leaves at 18:00 and the last bus leaves at 21:00. To see the times for all buses from South Bend to Chicago, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus schedules are there most days?

There are 3 scheduled buses that travel from South Bend to Chicago every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from South Bend to Chicago without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from South Bend to Chicago; ticket prices start at €15.39.

City Information

South Bend

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South Bend is quite a small city in Indiana, but this town offers plenty of beautiful landmarks and outdoor activities that will keep you captivated. When visiting South Bend, don't miss the Century Center, which not only hosts some of the best exhibitions in town but also boasts a great view towards the nearby St Joseph River, making it a particularly photogenic spot. The North/South Continental Divide is one particular point of interest, just a bit further down the US 20 bypass. Immerse yourself in nature at Shiojiri Niwa, a Japanese garden with more than twenty different large plants.

Though a small town, South Bend still has plenty of great dining options on its plate. For the best locally sourced burgers and a killer view of the river, check out Oaken Bucket Restaurant. If you can splurge a little bit, LaSalle Grill offers some of the finest dishes in town!

South Bend is a convenient location to reach from anywhere in the Midwest, with several bus stations in the city and Amtrak service stopping at a station close to downtown. In addition, South Bend International Airport is very close to the city and offers flights to domestic and international destinations.

Chicago

Known for its innovative architecture, cultural contributions to jazz and house music, and of course that irresistible deep-dish pizza, the many sights and experiences in Chicago make it one of the best urban vacation destinations for millennials and a top destination in Illinois.

You can't beat the views of the city and Lake Michigan from the SkyDeck in the Willis Tower; at over 1,300 feet, this is the highest observation deck in the U.S. Snap that classic selfie with the Bean in Millennium Park, then wander the many museums in nearby Grant Park. Navy Pier is a popular tourist hotspot for its parks, restaurants, and attractions right on Lake Michigan, and baseball fans will find paradise in Wrigleyville, home to the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field and sports bars galore.

Chicago's enormous parks offer plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities in gorgeous urban settings. Many companies offer kayak rentals or boat tours on the Chicago River, with special tours running on Saint Patrick's Day, when the entire river is dyed green. When you’re ready to buy some souvenirs from your epic trip, hit the big brand stores on the Magnificent Mile, or shop local in neighborhoods like Andersonville and Wicker Park. And don't miss the chance to laugh until you cry at The Second City comedy theater, famous for launching the careers of comedians like Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

Chicago is one of the biggest transportation hubs in the Midwest, and provides easy access to nearby destinations ideal for day trips, as well as international travel from two airports. Thanks to plenty of bus and train stations throughout the city, getting to the Windy City is a breeze.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in South Bend?

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Departure stations

The South Street Station opened in 1998 as a multi-modal transit center. It is located in downtown South Bend across the street from the renovated Coveleski Stadium and Union Station. On average, about 2.2 million people use the station every year. A public transit bus stop located right outside the station connects it to the surrounding areas, including Notre Dame University and the U.P. Mall in downtown South Bend.

All bus stations in South Bend:

  • 100 W S St

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