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Journey Information

There are 5 intercity buses per day from Chicago to Atlanta. Traveling by bus from Chicago to Atlanta usually takes around 17 hours and 1 minute, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 15 hours and 35 minutes.

Distance589 mi (948 km)
Shortest duration15h 35m
Cheapest price$67.00
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago, IL to Atlanta, GA

(Based on 7 ratings and reviews)

4.4

5.0

Michael

July 11, 2019- Visiting family

Megabus

Pros: Site seeing and the breaks. As well as the phone chargers. Cons: The septic system wasn't emptied, bathroom had no toilet paper and urine was all over the toilet and floor making the the whole bus sticky and smelling like urine. Tips: Bring a head pillow.

Pros: Site seeing and the breaks. As well as the phone chargers. Cons: The septic system wasn't emptied, bathroom had no toilet paper and urine was all over the toilet and floor making the the whole bus sticky and smelling like urine. Tips: Bring a head pillow.

3.0

Wentz

June 27, 2019- Visiting family

Megabus

Make sure maintaince is up to date, bus broke down for 3hrs

Make sure maintaince is up to date, bus broke down for 3hrs

3.0

Brenda

June 16, 2019- Solo travel

Megabus

Pros: Cheep. Cons: Advance information about where stops would happen/how long they would be at minimum. Never knew when to expect I could get food/stretch.

Pros: Cheep. Cons: Advance information about where stops would happen/how long they would be at minimum. Never knew when to expect I could get food/stretch.

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Atlanta?

The average price for a bus ticket to Atlanta is $73.30, On this route bus tickets are priced higher than other routes, even so it is likely a better deal than flying or driving to Atlanta and a lot less hassle as well. Wanderu ensures that you find great deals on bus tickets everytime, we search all of the best bus options to present you the lowest prices available from our partner carriers.

Average prices by travel date

$105$70$35NovDec

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Chicago to Atlanta is expected to range from $67 to $104. If you are looking to travel to Atlanta within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $67. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $67 and can be found on December 4, 2021.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in June. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $64 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Atlanta in November, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $76 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 15 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $36.35 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Atlanta?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Chicago to Atlanta. Greyhound connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound517h 1m$81.15
  • 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 Chicago to Atlanta every day, with the average journey taking around 17 hours and 1 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Atlanta usually start from $67.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to Atlanta 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.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

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 Chicago to Atlanta?

The bus takes an average of 17 hours to cover the 589 miles from Chicago to Atlanta. However, the fastest bus only takes 15 hours and 35 minutes. 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?

Because many passengers travel from Chicago to Atlanta at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, 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 Chicago?

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Atlanta, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 5 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Atlanta every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 4 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Chicago to Atlanta; ticket prices start at $166.00.

City Information

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.

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.

Atlanta

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Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and the largest city in the Peach State. Located in the heart of America’s South, Atlanta is one of the foremost economic and cultural hubs in the region and the United States in general.

The city has played a major role in the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. As a result, across Atlanta you can find various museums and points of interest dedicated to the lives and works of various key figures in those events, including the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the Atlanta History Center. Unsurprisingly, Atlanta is an important stop on our MLK Jr. itinerary.

Atlanta is also a key hub for the U.S. entertainment industry, and it offers some of the best nightlife experiences in the country. Here, you will find some of the finest craft beer in America and enjoy some of the best and most authentic southern food.

Atlanta is easily accessible by both bus and train from various parts of the country, and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s location on the city’s outskirts makes it easy to travel to Atlanta from all over the world.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Departure stations

Most buses depart from the main station in Chicago.

All bus stations in Chicago:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

Where does the bus arrive in Atlanta?

Atlanta Bus Station - 232 Forsyth St - ATLGLI-0

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Arrival stations

Built in 1996, the Atlanta Bus Station at 232 Forsyth Street SW is located close to downtown and is one of the most popular bus stations in the city. Served by Greyhound, Southeastern Stages and Jefferson Lines, this busy intercity bus terminal provides hundreds of connections to major cities. The Atlanta Bus Station offers convenient connections within Atlanta via the adjacent MARTA train station and multiple public bus stops within one block of the station. There are also several hotels and motels in the vicinity, for when you’re ready to relax after a successful day of traveling.

All bus stations in Atlanta:

  • Atlanta Bus Station - 232 Forsyth St

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