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How to get to Chicago by bus

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

$5.00 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Chicago, 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 Chicago. In the last month, buses from Gary to Chicago had the lowest average price at $6.00.

Where is the bus station in Chicago, IL?

The busiest bus station in Chicago is Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in Chicago are:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

Where should you stay in Chicago?

The Loop is a great region of Chicago for bus travelers to stay in. The Central Loop area is easily accessible by public transportation, as is West Loop (where you’ll find great food) and South Loop (which has great museums).

Just north of the Loop is River North, which has the best nightlife in all of Chicago. Search around a bit when booking accommodations, as all these neighborhoods have cheap hotel options available.

How do you get around Chicago?

The “L” subway train is the best way to get around Chicago. The “L” (which stands for “elevated train”) has 8 lines that run all over the city. The Chicago Transit Authority also operates a regular bus service with about 130 regular routes. Several bus lines directly serve Chicago Union Station, and the Blue Line of the “L” is just two blocks away.

What are some places to visit in Chicago?

Perhaps the two most recognizable sights in Chicago are the metallic “The Bean” and the Chicago Skyline.

For “The Bean” (actually called Cloud Gate), you’ll want to head to Millennium Park in downtown Chicago, where the sculpture resides. For the best views of the skyline, you have your choice of observation decks at Willis Tower’s Skydeck Chicago and the 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck.

Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, is also a popular attraction as one of the oldest baseball stadiums in the country. Also worth visiting are the Shedd Aquarium and the Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier, the Chicago Riverwalk and (for anyone looking to get some shopping in) the Magnificent Mile.

What are some good restaurants in Chicago?

Chicago is filled with great restaurants. Lou Malnati’s deep-dish pizza and Italian beef sandwiches at Al’s Beef both have a number of locations that are easily accessible by public transportation, making it simple to enjoy the delicacies Chicago is known for.

For a newer Chicago classic, Papa’s Chache Sabroso is a great spot for jibaritos (a Puerto Rican sandwich that uses two slices of fried plantains instead of bread).

West Loop is known for having great food. Tons of amazing restaurants are just a 5– to 10–minute walk away from the Ashland and Morgan “L” stops. Try out Girl & the Goat, the restaurant of Top Chef fan-favorite Stephanie Izard.

And for dessert, drop in at the Original Rainbow Cone. The original Original Rainbow Cone is a bit out of the way, but the Navy Pier location is perfect for tourists who are in the area.

What is the best time to visit Chicago by bus?

With 2,778 buses arriving in Chicago daily at 15 different stations, there’s never a bad time to visit Chicago by bus. Chicago does get quite cold during the winter (as well as hot and humid in the summer), so for mild weather, the best times to visit are late spring through early summer and early fall — although you’ll want to bring an umbrella if you visit during the late spring.

Highland

There are 45 scheduled buses per day from Highland to Chicago. The route can be as long as 25 miles, or 39 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 1 hour and 16 minutes. One bus company, Airport SuperSaver, connects Highland to Chicago. Buses from Highland usually arrive in Chicago at Terminal 5 Station, O'Hare Intl Airport.
Avg. Time
1h 16m
Avg. Price
$28.98

Crestwood

There are 44 scheduled buses per day from Crestwood to Chicago. The route can be as long as 17 miles, or 27 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 47 minutes. One bus company, Airport SuperSaver, connects Crestwood to Chicago. Buses from Crestwood usually arrive in Chicago at Chicago O'Hare Bus/Shuttle Ctr.
Avg. Time
0h 47m
Avg. Price
$23.16

Portage

There are 30 scheduled buses per day from Portage to Chicago. The route can be as long as 32 miles, or 51 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 2 hours . One bus company, Airport SuperSaver, connects Portage to Chicago. Buses from Portage usually arrive in Chicago at Chicago O'Hare Bus/Shuttle Ctr.
Avg. Time
2h 0m
Avg. Price
$8.96

Indianapolis

There are 18 scheduled buses per day from Indianapolis to Chicago. The route can be as long as 165 miles, or 266 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 5 hours and 14 minutes. There are 4 bus lines that operate on this route. Greyhound has the most daily buses. Buses from Indianapolis usually arrive in Chicago at Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St.
Avg. Time
5h 14m
Avg. Price
$34.14

Valparaiso

There are 15 scheduled buses per day from Valparaiso to Chicago. The route can be as long as 41 miles, or 66 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 2 hours and 20 minutes. One bus company, Airport SuperSaver, connects Valparaiso to Chicago. Buses from Valparaiso usually arrive in Chicago at Midway Intl Airport.
Avg. Time
2h 20m
Avg. Price
$29.00

Located in Illinois, Chicago is accessible by bus from 530 other cities. You can choose from 1609 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Chicago on Wanderu. Miller Transportation usually has the most buses on any given day.

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Bus companies serving Chicago

Greyhound

There are 93 scheduled Greyhound buses per day. Greyhound can get you to Chicago from 318 cities, including New York.
Avg. Time
22h 56m
Avg. Price
$105.65

Tornado Bus

There are 12 scheduled Tornado Bus buses per day. Tornado Bus can get you to Chicago from 86 cities, including San Antonio.
Avg. Time
23h 22m
Avg. Price
$159.19

Barons Bus Lines

There are 53 scheduled Barons Bus Lines buses per day. Barons Bus Lines can get you to Chicago from 58 cities, including West Salem.
Avg. Time
9h 30m
Avg. Price
$64.98

Miller Transportation

There are 68 scheduled Miller Transportation buses per day. Miller Transportation can get you to Chicago from 52 cities, including Indianapolis.
Avg. Time
7h 39m
Avg. Price
$55.60

Indian Trails

There are 61 scheduled Indian Trails buses per day. Indian Trails can get you to Chicago from 39 cities, including St Ignace.
Avg. Time
10h 35m
Avg. Price
$48.60

Burlington Trailways

There are 32 scheduled Burlington Trailways buses per day. Burlington Trailways can get you to Chicago from 30 cities, including Hannibal.
Avg. Time
9h 25m
Avg. Price
$75.37

Amtrak Thruway

There are 8 scheduled Amtrak Thruway buses per day. Amtrak Thruway can get you to Chicago from 8 cities, including Janesville.
Avg. Time
4h 40m
Avg. Price
$37.13

El Expreso Bus

There is one El Expreso Bus bus per day, from Fort Myers to Chicago. El Expreso Bus can get you to Chicago from 5 cities, including Fort Myers.
Avg. Time
1d 21h 58m
Avg. Price
$276.67

OurBus

There are 4 scheduled OurBus buses per day. OurBus can get you to Chicago from 4 cities, including Bloomington.
Avg. Time
3h 44m
Avg. Price
$29.32

M&M Shuttle

There are 3 scheduled M&M Shuttle buses per day. M&M Shuttle can get you to Chicago from 2 cities, including Urbana.
Avg. Time
2h 50m
Avg. Price
$25.00