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Journey Information

There are 12 intercity buses per day from Minneapolis to Chicago. Traveling by bus from Minneapolis to Chicago usually takes around 9 hours and 37 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 8 hours and 10 minutes.

Distance355 mi (571 km)
Shortest duration8h 10m
Cheapest price€38.21
Trips per day8
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Minneapolis to Chicago

(Based on 16 ratings and reviews)

4.4

4.0

Aaron

22 November 2022- Visiting friends

OurBus

Pros: It was very simple and straightforward. Cons: There could be clearer instructions for where the stops are for the driver, and if there would actually be functional wifi.

5.0

Jerome

29 July 2022- Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: Take off and arrival times were made on the nose. Cons: Driver needs to make an announcement to let passengers know why he/she stops, the reason and how long it. Tips: No.

5.0

Lisa

28 May 2022- Visiting friends

Greyhound

Pros: The bus on time. Cons: Tha air conditioning (too much).

5.0

Fabiana

25 March 2022- Vacation

Greyhound

Pros: Enjoy my time I the City, it was a really nice time. Cons: Nothing, everything was good. Tips: Tener un itinerario de los lugares que se quieren visitar, horarios, pases y todo lo que pueda quitar tiempo para disfrutar más tiempo.

4.0

Jim

14 June 2021- Solo travel

Jefferson Lines

Pros: Price. Cons: Passages got on bus with a foul smell. Tips: No.

How much is a bus ticket from Minneapolis to Chicago?

€53.40 is the average price of a bus ticket from Minneapolis to Chicago. Any tickets cheaper than €53.40 can be considered a great deal. 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

€84€56€28JunJul

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Minneapolis to Chicago is expected to range from €48 to €72. If you are looking to travel to Chicago within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from €50. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are €48 and can be found on 9 July 2024.

Monthly average prices

€70€56€42€28€14JASONDJFMAMJ
If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from Minneapolis to Chicago, mark your calendar for June. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just €56. However, taking the bus from Minneapolis to Chicago during March is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of €65. The best way to find deals on a trip in March is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

Prices as travel date approaches

€93€75€56€37€193020100

The easiest way to save money on bus tickets is by booking in advance! Many carriers increase prices as the travel date approaches, so it's always a good idea to buy your tickets as early as possible. Book at least 28 days in advance to save €31.34 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Minneapolis to Chicago?

There are 3 bus lines from Minneapolis to Chicago available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 10 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
FlixBus US29h 18m€64.87
Greyhound109h 38m€64.73
Tornado Bus12d 0h 11m€245.67
  • 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. On average, FlixBus US operates 2 trips per day from Minneapolis to Chicago, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide coach 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 performs about 10 bus trips from Minneapolis to Chicago every day, with the average journey taking around 9 hours and 38 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Chicago usually start from €37.

  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 9 hours and 37 minutes to cover the 571 kilometers from Minneapolis to Chicago. However, the fastest bus only takes 8 hours and 10 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road 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.

"Travelers prefer riding the bus on Saturday to enjoy the weekend in Chicago. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, 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."

The first bus leaves at 00:00 and the last bus leaves at 20:00. To see the times for all buses from Minneapolis to Chicago, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 12 scheduled buses that travel from Minneapolis to Chicago every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 8 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

City Information

Minneapolis

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Situated along the bank of the Mississippi River in Minnesota, Minneapolis is one of the biggest and most exciting cities to visit in the Midwest. It is home to the Chain of Lakes, where you can swim, fish, boat and even bike or walk along the lakeside trails. It’s no wonder Minneapolis is among the top 10 cities in the U.S. for outdoor activities!

Although it's known as the City of Lakes, Minneapolis has a lot more to offer than gorgeous lakes, wetlands, and waterfalls. Shopaholics can spend days getting lost in the Mall of America, which boasts over 500 stores and an indoor theme park. If you're visiting Minneapolis on a romantic vacation, Minneapolis' bustling theater district offers excellent date nights from dozens of theater companies. Or, for a less musical and more brews-ical date option, head to one of 62 top-rated breweries in the #2 best city in America for craft beer.

Minneapolis can be visited in any season, but keep in mind that it becomes a frigid, snowy destination in the winter. January hovers around 0° Fahrenheit, but it's worth bundling up to enjoy the St. Paul Winter Carnival, or hockey and ice skating on any of the 13 lakes in the city. Have we mentioned how great the lakes are?

If you're visiting both of the Twin Cities, you can take public transport from downtown Minneapolis to Saint Paul in about 30 minutes. Public transit also connects downtown to the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport. Thanks to bus stations throughout Minneapolis, traveling by bus is the easiest way to arrive directly in the middle of the action and begin your adventure.

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 Minneapolis?

Transportation Center - 950 Hawthorne Ave - MSPGLI-0

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Main departure station: Minneapolis

Located in Central Minneapolis at 950 Hawthorne Ave, the Minneapolis Bus Station is a gateway to nearby cities throughout Minnesota and the Midwest. Greyhound and Jefferson Lines buses operate routes from this station to major cities such as Milwaukee or Chicago and beyond. From the Minneapolis Bus Station, it is a short 12-minute walk to Target Field Station where you can connect to light rail service throughout the city. Vending machines offer snacks or drinks within the station, or head one block south to Hennepin Ave for a variety of restaurant options for hungry travelers.

All bus stations in Minneapolis:

  • Minneapolis

  • Tienda La Mexicana (MN)

Where does the bus arrive in Chicago?

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Main arrival station: Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

Buses arrive in Chicago at 5 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

Bus stations in Chicago:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

  • Dan Ryan Bus Station

  • Chicago Train Station Bus Stop

  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave

  • 3501 S California Ave

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