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Journey Information

There are 5 intercity buses per day from Miami to Chicago. Traveling by bus from Miami to Chicago usually takes around 31 hours and 46 minutes, but the fastest OurBus bus can make the trip in 5 hours,

Distance1191 mi (1917 km)
Shortest duration5h 0m
Cheapest price$120.00
Trips per day1
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines3

How much is a bus ticket from Miami to Chicago?

$137.08 is the average price of a bus ticket from Miami to Chicago. Bus tickets on this route can be more expensive due to the length of the trip. However, taking the bus can still be a good alternative to flying. 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

$195$130$65JunJul

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Miami to Chicago is expected to range from $146 to $189. If you are looking to travel to Chicago within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $153. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $146 and can be found on July 15, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in February. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $141 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Miami to Chicago in November, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $167 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 28 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $86.53 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Miami to Chicago?

There are 3 bus lines from Miami to Chicago available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 5 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
Greyhound51d 8h 46m$167.78
OurBus15h 0m$121.78
Tornado Bus12d 3h 26m$322.55
  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus 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 5 bus trips from Miami to Chicago every day, with the average journey taking around 32 hours and 46 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Chicago usually start from $140.

  • OurBus

    OurBus

    OurBus is an intercity bus company based in New York City. OurBus provides cheap bus tickets to some of the most popular cities in the United States. All OurBus coaches come equipped with a generous roster of amenities, including extra legroom, freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and complimentary bottled water. With cheap bus tickets starting from $120, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus from Miami to Chicago if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

  • Tornado Bus

    Tornado Bus

    Tornado Bus is a regional bus company that primarily serves the southern United States and Mexico. Founded in 1993, Tornado Bus Company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. For Tornado travel from Miami to Chicago, Tornado operates 1 scheduled trips per day with prices starting from $323.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Miami to Chicago during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the bus ride from Miami to Chicago?

The bus takes an average of 31 hours and 46 minutes to cover the 1191 miles from Miami to Chicago. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours. 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.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

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, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Miami?

The first bus leaves at 4:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Miami to Chicago, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus schedules are there most days?

There are 5 scheduled buses that travel from Miami to Chicago every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. However, only one of these is a direct bus. With direct service, you do not have to transfer onto a different bus at any point during your trip. Direct buses also tend to be significantly faster, which is worth bearing in mind as you compare the available options.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Miami to Chicago; ticket prices start at $306.00.

City Information

Miami

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With its sprawling beaches, beaming sunshine and thriving nightlife, Miami is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the United States, if not the world. Boasting an incredible 35-mile stretch of beachfront and warm ocean water, Miami is the perfect place to relax and recharge under the sun. And recharge you must, as it is at night when the city really comes to life. Famous for its vibrant bars and nightclubs, Miami will help you dance all your troubles away.

If you are a foodie, you will be delighted to know that Miami is the city with the highest number of restaurants per capita in the U.S., giving you the unique opportunity to treat your tastebuds to fine cuisine from all over the world, including Cuba, Colombia, Russia and Ethiopia. And if you’re a brew connoisseur, keep in mind that Miami has some of the highest-rated beer in the country.

While you’re in Miami, make your way to the Wynwood district and check out the world-famous Wynwood Walls – a growing outdoor art exhibit featuring large-scale works by some of the best-known street artists from around the globe. After that, head over to the Miami Design District for a well-deserved shopping spree.

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 Miami?

Miami, FL - Miami Intermodal Ctr (3801 NW 21 St) - MIAMEG3-0

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Main departure station: Miami Intermodal Ctr - 3801 NW 21 St

The Miami Intermodal Center is the largest ground transportation hub in Miami. It serves as the city’s main Greyhound bus station, as well as a key stop for the metro area’s commuter rail service (Tri-Rail) and Miami’s transit lines (Metrorail and Metrobus). Located right next to the Miami International Airport, the station offers easy airport transfers via the MIA Mover rail service which makes it very convenient for travelers flying in and out of Miami to use ground transportation to get around town. In addition, the Miami Intermodal Center boasts a multi-level rental car facility where you can rent a vehicle from various companies.

All bus stations in Miami:

  • Miami Intermodal Ctr - 3801 NW 21 St

  • Central Shopping Plz

  • Near 401 Biscayne Blvd

Where does the bus arrive in Chicago?

Main arrival station: Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

Buses arrive in Chicago at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Chicago:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

  • 3501 S California Ave

  • 355 S Canal St

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