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San Diego to Chicago bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$95.00
Shortest Duration46h 45m
Trips per day3
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How much does a bus ticket from San Diego to Chicago cost?

Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average bus fares from San Diego to Chicago were $95.00.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets from San Diego to Chicago is by booking earlier as most bus companies increase the price as the departure date approaches. By booking 19 days out, tickets are on average $110.43 cheaper than those that are booked last minute.

How long is the bus ride from San Diego to Chicago?

The distance between San Diego and Chicago is approximately 1732.53 miles, or 2787.54 kilometers. The average travel time for a bus between these two cities is around 52 hours and 46 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 46 hours and 45 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most buses are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your bus has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

What is the busiest time to travel by bus from San Diego to Chicago?

The busiest time of the week for travel from San Diego to Chicago by bus is usually on Monday. When planning to travel around this time, tickets should be booked well in advance as they may sell out and you may find buses more full than usual. Wednesday tends to be when the fewest number of bus tickets are sold. If you’re looking for a little extra space, buses departing at this time are the least likely to be crowded.

Greyhound from San Diego to Chicago has the most daily schedules

On average there are 3 scheduled bus trips per day. Greyhound has the most regularly scheduled departures from San Diego to Chicago, with an average of 3 trips per day and 15 monthly trips. One bus carrier currently travels from San Diego to Chicago. Of the 3 trips there all of the schedules require a connection as there are no direct trips. A connection will generally require disembarking from the bus and boarding another bus to complete your trip.

Need more travel options? Travelling by Train from San Diego to Chicago starts at $181.10.

1 carriers offer San Diego to Chicago bus trips


Book Greyhound from San Diego to Chicago from $95.00. There are 3 trips per day offered by Greyhound from San Diego to Chicago and you can expect on average to pay $162.56 for a Greyhound ticket to Chicago. In San Diego, Greyhound departs to Chicago from Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave and one other station. In Chicago, Greyhound arrives at Union Station - 225 S Canal St and 3 other stations.

An average trip on Greyhound from San Diego to Chicago takes 52 hours and 46 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Chicago in 46 hours and 45 minutes,

On weekends, Greyhound offers 5 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $213.10 for a weekend trip to Chicago.

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Plan your next adventure

Depending on the bus line you travel with, your options include 2 stations that have bus departures from San Diego. Most bus trips to Chicago will depart from:
  • Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave
  • San Ysidro Transit Ctr
Bus trips arrive in Chicago at 4 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Chicago for trips arriving from San Diego:
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave