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Journey Information

Chicago to Los Angeles bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$91.00
Shortest Duration48h 25m
Trips per day20
Bus lines1
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Price trends for buses from Chicago to Los Angeles

Average prices by travel date

$270$180$90JunJul

Monthly average prices

$200$160$120$80$40ASONDJFMAMJJ

Prices as travel date approaches

$250$200$150$100$503020100

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to Los Angeles right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. To review the latest news and updates on which companies have reduced routes, visit our COVID-19 Travel Alert.

In order to keep their vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Los Angeles?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $108.00 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to Los Angeles. Buses from Los Angeles to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $108.00 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 21 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $164.92 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 53 hours and 34 minutes to cover the 1742 miles (2804 kilometers) from Chicago to Los Angeles. However, the fastest bus only takes 48 hours and 25 minutes. The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

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

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Los Angeles at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Tuesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Tuesday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Chicago?

The first bus leaves at 8:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Los Angeles, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 20 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Los Angeles every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Chicago to Los Angeles; ticket prices start at $146.00.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Los Angeles?

There is one bus company that operates from Chicago to Los Angeles. Greyhound is the only company that connects the two cities by bus. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled buses per day, so travelers still have a good amount of choice and flexibility.
BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound202d 5h 34m$189.04

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Buses to Los Angeles leave from multiple locations in Chicago, Illinois. These are the 3 most popular bus stations:

  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Los Angeles?

Buses arrive in Los Angeles at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Los Angeles, California:

  • Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St
  • North Hollywood Bus Station
  • Union Station

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