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About Burlington Trailways

Burlington Trailways is an intercity passenger bus service that provides daily transportation to and from 44 cities across Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. Due to its wide network of coverage, the carrier conducts 317 trips every day, with ticket prices ranging from €12.93 to €240.16. Some of the major cities that Burlington Trailways offers transportation to include Chicago, Denver, Indianapolis, Omaha, and St. Louis.

Founded in 1929, Burlington Trailways is part of the Trailways Transportation System, an alliance of about 70 independent bus companies, including Adirondack Trailways and Fullington Trailways. Trailways motor coaches are preferred by travelers because of their high-end amenities that feature satellite TV, free WiFi, and power outlets at every seat.

* #2 Best Wi-Fi   
 * #3 Best Ground Travel Provider in the Midwest   
 * #4 Best COVID-19 Safety Measures   
 * #5 Most Helpful Crew
  • #2 Best Wi-Fi
    • #3 Best Ground Travel Provider in the Midwest
    • #4 Best COVID-19 Safety Measures
    • #5 Most Helpful Crew

Burlington Trailways Amenities

Air conditioningAir conditioning
Power outletPower outlet


Burlington Trailways bus coverage

Daily Trips317

What travelers are saying about Burlington Trailways

Here’s what Wanderu users who have booked trips with Burlington Trailways had to say about their travel experience.

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 77 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 84 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 108 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 104 reviews
“The bus got there on time.”
based on 125 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 104 reviews
“The bus was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 123 reviews

Burlington Trailways reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Burlington Trailways

(Based on 166 reviews)

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Burlington Trailways passenger reviews



2 April 2024- Couples trip

Chicago to Rock Island

Pros: The driver was very friendly and the bus atmosphere was nice. Cons: The seats having more leg space, reclined seating, and the cabin being a little bigger to carry more than one bag on the bus. Tips: To bring with you a cervical pillows because it gets tiring for your neck after a while.



6 January 2024- Solo travel

Chicago to Iowa City

Pros: The trip was nice. Cons: Nothing.



4 November 2023- Visiting friends

Chicago to Iowa City

Just fine



25 August 2023- Visiting family

Normal to Champaign

Pros: the air conditioning. Cons: the bus being on time with no mechanical issues. Tips: wear a mask its always someone coughing or sneezing.



9 June 2023- Visiting friends

Chicago to Iowa City

Pros: The drive was smooth. Cons: The bus could have been cleaner. Tips: Get to your stop a couple minutes earlier.

Burlington Trailways Routes & Network

Burlington Trailways’s bus network features 1702 bus routes that connect 44 cities serving 45 stations. On average, Burlington Trailways performs about 317 bus trips every day. The top cities to which Burlington Trailways offers the highest number of daily bus service include Iowa City and Chicago.

Top Cities Served by Burlington Trailways

CityRouteEarliest busLatest bus
Chicago95:20 am4:15 am
Iowa City45:20 am4:15 am
Des Moines55:20 am4:30 am
Champaign45:20 am4:15 am
Davenport45:20 am4:15 am
Omaha55:20 am4:20 am
Normal35:20 am4:15 am
Indianapolis65:20 am4:15 am
Naperville25:20 am4:15 am

Most popular Burlington Trailways routes

The bus from Iowa City to Chicago is Burlington Trailways’s most popular route. Trips from Chicago to Des Moines and Davenport to Chicago are also highly popular.

Top Burlington Trailways routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Iowa City to Chicago34h 28m€63
Chicago to Des Moines510h 14m€84
Davenport to Chicago43h 6m€29
Normal to Champaign11h 0m€23
Iowa City to Des Moines22h 11m€40
Omaha to Chicago310h 48m€114
Champaign to Indianapolis12h 0m€40
Naperville to Iowa City24h 5m€53
Chicago to Rock Island23h 5m€48

Burlington Trailways Cancellation Policy

Burlington Trailways tickets are non-refundable and cannot be cancelled, so please pay close attention to the details of the tickets you book.

You can exchange your Burlington Trailways bus ticket for a different travel date by speaking with Trailways staff at the bus station. There is a $20 USD ticket rescheduling fee, which must be paid in person to Trailways. Tickets are non-exchangeable after the bus’ scheduled departure time.

Wanderu also offers an affordable trip protection option by Allianz Global Assistance that you can purchase when booking your tickets. In addition to 24-hour assistance during your trip and coverage for lost or damaged baggage, trip protection can help you get your money back in case your travel plans change. You may be reimbursed for your bus ticket if you do not travel due to covered reasons such as illness, extreme weather, or required work shifts. If you need to change your ticket, you may also file a claim to have the Trailways change fee reimbursed.

Burlington Trailways Bus Guide & FAQs

Yes, Burlington Trailways offers WiFi on their buses. Although most trips with Burlington Trailways will have WiFi as advertised, some buses might not come equipped with WiFi and onboard WiFi can lose its connection in rural areas. We recommend you bring a book or download a movie just to play it safe. Burlington Trailways WiFi is generally best used for surfing the web, checking emails and chatting with friends; you shouldn’t count on the WiFi to binge watch your favorite show.

Yes, there are power outlets onboard Burlington Trailways buses. You can generally find one or two sockets per row of seats, so be a good traveller and check if your seat neighbor might want to charge up their devices as well. With the onboard power outlets, you can charge both a computer and USB devices with a USB power adapter that typically comes with most phones and tablets.

Since Burlington Trailways might sometimes use replacement bus vehicles, not all trips are guaranteed to have power points. We recommend to bring a power bank to charge your phone for all trips over 2 hours, just in case.

On a typical day, Burlington Trailways has 317 scheduled bus trips in total. However, the exact departure and arrival times vary depending on the day and route. The best way to find the exact schedule for your trip is to use the search tool on this page.

You are allowed to check one piece of baggage under the bus of up to 50 lbs (23 kg) for free. Your bag must have an identification tag that clearly shows your name and home address.

If you would like to check additional bags, please contact the carrier ahead of time at the phone number listed above.

Burlington Trailways has a comprehensive network of bus coverage across the Midwest. The carrier conducts daily trips to and from 44 cities in Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana. Burlington also offers service to Denver, CO, serving as a connection between the Midwest and the Rocky Mountains.

Yes, there are bathrooms on Burlington Trailways buses. The bathrooms are pretty basic and include a toilet, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Most bathrooms don’t have running water. As you will be using a bathroom on a moving vehicle, please use caution and hold on to a rail at all times.

All Burlington Trailways tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Yes, Burlington Trailways requires that all passengers have printed tickets to board the bus. When you book with Wanderu and activate your account, you will be able to easily find and download your tickets for most buses.

Unfortunately, no animals other than service animals are allowed onboard Burlington Trailways buses. If you need to travel with a service animal, it must be kept on a leash, or in a harness or carrier at all times.

Cheap Burlington Trailways tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 317 Burlington Trailways trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Burlington Trailways tickets start at just €12.93. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

How do I get the best deal on Burlington Trailways tickets?

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