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City Information

A significant hub for the Silicone Prairie, Champaign is a stunning city with many exciting landmarks to visit. The downtown area of Champaign is perhaps its busiest area, with over 40 different bars, art galleries, and boutique shops for you to enjoy. To enjoy arthouse films or independent productions, head over to the Art Theater, which also hosts special screenings. The campustown area near the University of Illinois hosts not only cheap eateries but also fine dining spots. The area tends to get crowded at night since students will be out on the street to enjoy the hopping nightlife.

As a busy college town, Champaign naturally has a very vibrant food scene with many excellent dining options. Radio Maria is a unique Spanish establishment with very colorful Spanish decorations and amazing tapas dishes. Those who want something more exotic and exciting could check out DESTIHL, which offers unique home-cooked dishes and great artisan beers.

The Illinois Terminal is Champaign's primary bus and train station, served by Amtrak, Burlington Trailways, Jefferson Lines, Peoria Charter, and Greyhound. From Champaign, you can continue your journey and visit some of the other top destinations in Illinois.

Station Information

The Illinois Terminal is located at 45 East University Avenue in Champaign. The transport center opened in 1999, and now provides bus and train service in the Champaign-Urbana area. The terminal is served by Amtrak, Burlington Trailways, Greyhound, Peoria Charter, Jefferson Lines, and local mass transit. Make sure to wait in the correct station building; Champaign’s old train station, dating to 1898, is just across the street. The Illinois Terminal offers short-term parking, fast food, and even meeting spaces and banquet halls. Thanks to the station’s convenient location, some of the best restaurants and bars in downtown Champaign are just a short walk away.

Popular bus stations in Champaign:

  • Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave

  • Pilot Travel center

What bus companies travel to Champaign, Illinois?

Located in Illinois, Champaign is accessible by bus from 310 other cities. You can choose from 613 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Champaign on Wanderu. Greyhound usually has the most buses on any given day.

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

Bus companies serving Champaign

BusRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Tornado Bus14716h 23m$143.81
Greyhound1111d 5h 39m$152.37
Burlington Trailways329h 21m$84.44
Jefferson Lines3120h 22m$109.91
El Expreso Bus813h 29m$144.67
  • Greyhound


    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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a bus ticket to Champaign?

$18.00 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Champaign, 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 Champaign. In the last month, buses from Normal to Champaign had the lowest average price at $19.00.

Where is the bus station in Champaign, IL?

The busiest bus station in Champaign is Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave. As Champaign's main station, it has the most buses coming and going. However, a popular alternative is Pilot Travel center.

Which bus service has the best service to Champaign?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Champaign by bus with Burlington Trailways giving them a 4.4 rating out of 5. Travelers also mentioned that Burlington Trailways had the most comfortable bus service to Champaign taking into account the seats and amenities that Burlington Trailways offers. They rate Burlington Trailways a 4.4 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard. If you are looking to arrive to Champaign punctually travelers suggest that Peoria Charter has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to Champaign, rating them a 4.6 based on their on time arrivals.

What is the closest airport to Champaign, IL?

The closest airport to Champaign is University of Illinois Willard Airport (CMI), it is located 5.7 miles from the city center of Champaign.

Is Champaign a popular bus travel destination?

Champaign ranks number 13 among most popular bus destinations in the region. It also ranks number 520 in United States. Champaign has the second most number of destinations in Illinois that are connected to Champaign by bus service. Each day 67 direct bus schedules arrive in the Champaign.

What is the population of Champaign?

The population of Champaign is 86096. Champaign ranks number 10 in terms of population in Illinois and number 366 in all of United States.

How much do bus tickets to Champaign cost?

Bus tickets to Champaign range from $19 for a short trip to Champaign, while a 60 to 200 mile bus trip to Champaign starts at , and a longer trip by bus to Champaign 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 $20 .

What type of traveler does Champaign attract?

People who take the bus to Champaign 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 Champaign easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.

What bus station is located closest to the city center of Champaign?

The closest bus station to the city center of Champaign is Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave, located just 0.1 miles away. Select Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Champaign. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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