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Journey Information

Chicago to Champaign bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$17.00
Shortest Duration2h 0m
Trips per day6
Bus lines3

Chicago to Champaign Route Map

Chicago Champaign

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the fastest bus from Chicago to Champaign?

The fastest bus from Chicago to Champaign is through M&M Shuttle, which has an average travel time of just 2 hours. However, there is only 1 M&M shuttle per day, so if you miss out on that option you might consider Tornado Bus, which takes 2 hours 15 minutes.

Is there a train from Chicago to Champaign?

There are 3 train lines that travel from Chicago to Champaign: Amtrak City of New Orleans, Amtrak Illini Service and Amtrak Saluki. Train tickets for this route average just $16, and have an average travel time of about 2 hours 15 minutes.

Is Chicago to Champaign a good day-trip?

If you take one of the buses that gets to Champaign in less than 2 hours 30 minutes, then Chicago to Champaign can be a good day-trip. Typically you can find a bus that departs for Champaign around 7:00 a.m., with the latest return bus departing between 11:30 and midnight. Such a trip would give you a full 14 hours in Champaign.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to Champaign 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 much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Champaign?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $18.00 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to Champaign. Buses from Champaign to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $18.00 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 17 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $8.72 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 5 hours to cover the 126 miles (203 kilometers) from Chicago, IL to Champaign, IL. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours, 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?

Because many passengers travel from Chicago to Champaign 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 5:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Champaign, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 6 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Champaign 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 Champaign; ticket prices start at $14.00.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Champaign?

There are 3 bus lines from Chicago, Illinois to Champaign, Illinois. 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
Greyhound55h 9m$23.05
M&M Shuttle12h 0m$25.00
Tornado Bus12h 30m$59.11

Book Greyhound from Chicago to Champaign from $17. There are 5 trips per day offered by Greyhound from Chicago to Champaign and you can expect on average to pay $23 for a Greyhound ticket to Champaign. In Chicago, Greyhound departs to Champaign from Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St and 3 other stations. In Champaign, Greyhound arrives at Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave, An average trip on Greyhound from Chicago to Champaign takes 5 hours and 9 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Champaign in 2 hours and 0 minutes, On weekends, Greyhound offers 5 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $27 for a weekend trip to Champaign.

Book M&M Shuttle from Chicago to Champaign from $25. Typically there is one M&M Shuttle schedule per day from Chicago to Champaign and you can expect on average to pay $25 for a M&M Shuttle ticket to Champaign. In Chicago, M&M Shuttle departs to Champaign from Ogilvie Transp Ctr, In Champaign, M&M Shuttle arrives at Scott Hall, An average trip on M&M Shuttle from Chicago to Champaign takes 2 hours and 0 minutes, On weekends, M&M Shuttle offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay $25 for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to Champaign.

Book Tornado Bus from Chicago to Champaign from $58. Typically there is one Tornado Bus schedule per day from Chicago to Champaign and you can expect on average to pay $59 for a Tornado Bus ticket to Champaign. In Chicago, Tornado Bus departs to Champaign from Tornado Bus Station, In Champaign, Tornado Bus arrives at Pilot Travel center, An average trip on Tornado Bus from Chicago to Champaign takes 2 hours and 30 minutes, while the fastest available Tornado Bus trip will get you to Champaign in 2 hours and 0 minutes, On weekends, Tornado Bus offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay $60 for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to Champaign.

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Buses to Champaign leave from multiple locations in Chicago, Illinois. These are the 6 most popular bus stations:

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

Where does the bus arrive in Champaign?

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

  • Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave
  • Pilot Travel center
  • Scott Hall

Price trends for buses from Chicago to Champaign

Average prices by travel date

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Monthly average prices

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Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago, IL to Champaign, IL

(Based on 13 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Darryl

May 10, 2020 - Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: I liked the space and the comfortable seating on the greyhound. Cons: Everything is fine. Tips: Practice social distancing. Pros: I liked the space and the comfortable seating on the greyhound. Cons: Everything is fine. Tips: Practice social distancing.

5.0

Jessamine

November 2, 2019 - Visiting family

Peoria Charter

Pros: Even though the bus left a couple minutes late, we arrived to my destination a couple minutes early! Cons: From the ticket, it wasn't very clear where the bus departed from. I wandered around Midway Airport for a while, asking employees where to go, and it took a... Pros: Even though the bus left a couple minutes late, we arrived to my destination a couple minutes early! Cons: From the ticket, it wasn't very clear where the bus departed from. I wandered around Midway Airport for a while, asking employees where to go, and it took a long time and a lot of stress before I finally found the bus. Tips: The bus departs from Midway Airport in the lower level, outside of gate 6.More

5.0

Gaspard

October 11, 2019 - Solo travel

Peoria Charter

Pros: departure from Terminal 5. Cons: Electricity was supposed to be available, but I did not see any USB port. Pros: departure from Terminal 5. Cons: Electricity was supposed to be available, but I did not see any USB port.

5.0

Sarah

September 22, 2019 - Regular commuter

Peoria Charter

Peoria Charter buses tend to feel safer and are more reliable Peoria Charter buses tend to feel safer and are more reliable

5.0

Zain

September 5, 2019 - Business

Peoria Charter

The bus driver was much kinder and last time than the previous Peoria Charter bus. The bus driver was much kinder and last time than the previous Peoria Charter bus.

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