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Bus Trip Information: Chicago to Rockford

There are 10 intercity buses per day from Chicago to Rockford. Traveling by bus from Chicago to Rockford usually takes around 2 hours and 4 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Thruway bus can make the trip in just one hour and 55 minutes.

Distance80 mi (129 km)
Shortest duration1h 55m
Cheapest price$21.00
Trips per day10
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Thruway
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago to Rockford

(Based on 8 ratings and reviews)




April 5, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Thruway

It was smooth

It was smooth



July 9, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Thruway

I enjoyed the 2 hour ride, bus driver was very professional and careful and the bus was very clean

I enjoyed the 2 hour ride, bus driver was very professional and careful and the bus was very clean



May 31, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Thruway

Pros: Arrived at Union Station early and arrived at Rockford a couple of minutes ahead of schedule. Used the handy USB outlet. Cons: Didn't know on board wi-fi was available.

Pros: Arrived at Union Station early and arrived at Rockford a couple of minutes ahead of schedule. Used the handy USB outlet. Cons: Didn't know on board wi-fi was available.



May 1, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Thruway

Pros: I enjoyed the ride and the scenery especially at Ohare Airport. Cons: Less crowded bus. Tips: No.

Pros: I enjoyed the ride and the scenery especially at Ohare Airport. Cons: Less crowded bus. Tips: No.



September 26, 2019- Solo travel

Van Galder

Pros: Easy to find stop. Departed on time. Good service considering all the traffic to get out of Chicago. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Follow the directions and you will have no trouble.

Pros: Easy to find stop. Departed on time. Good service considering all the traffic to get out of Chicago. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Follow the directions and you will have no trouble.

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Rockford?

$25.13 is the average price of a bus ticket from Chicago to Rockford. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. 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


Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Chicago to Rockford is expected to range from $26 to $30. If you are looking to travel to Rockford within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $26. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $26 and can be found on June 20, 2022.

Monthly average prices

Traveling from Chicago to Rockford by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $21 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches


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. Booking in advance is the best way to find cheap bus tickets.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Rockford?

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

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway102h 5m$25.77
  • Amtrak Thruway

    Amtrak Thruway

    Amtrak Thruway, also known as Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, is a system of intercity passenger buses operated by Amtrak to connect train stations to areas that are not served by the carrier’s railroads. On the bus, passengers can enjoy comfortable reclining seats with leg rests and access to onboard restroom facilities. Amtrak Thruway bus tickets from Chicago to Rockford start at $21. On average, there are 10 Amtrak Thruway bus trips on this route every day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to Rockford 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 Chicago to Rockford?

The bus takes an average of 2 hours and 4 minutes to cover the 80 miles from Chicago to Rockford. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 55 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. 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?

Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Chicago to Rockford for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, 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 3:00am and the last bus leaves at 9:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Rockford, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus trips to Rockford are there per day?

There are 10 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Rockford every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Chicago to Rockford without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Chicago to Rockford; ticket prices start at $21.00.

City Information


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.


Rockford, IL - RCK-0

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Rockford, IL - RCK-1

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Located on the banks of the Rock River, Rockford is one of Illinois' best vacation destinations and the state's fourth-largest city. With its vast, green open spaces, golf courses, four rivers, and Rock Cut State Park, this city offers many opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Rockford is often referred to as the City of Gardens, owing to its numerous beautifully-landscaped areas. The Anderson Japanese Gardens boasts the reputation of being one of the highest-quality Japanese gardens in North America, with picturesque water features and exotic plants; the perfect place for an afternoon stroll.

Head indoors to Rockford's museums on cooler days, including the Riverfront Museum Park and the Burpee Museum of Natural History. Finish the day with tickets for a show at the Coronado Performing Arts Centre and enjoy the atmospheric-style theatre and movie house's outstanding interior architecture.

Rockford is conveniently situated near three airports, Rockford International, Chicago O'Hare International, and Dane County Regional. Bus service runs from these airports and Union Station in Chicago to easily access the city. In addition, Amtrak Thruway buses connect Rockford to Amtrak's rail network, with destinations via train including Detroit, St. Louis, and even New York.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Chicago, IL - Union Station - CHIUST-0

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Main departure station: Union Station

The historic Chicago Union Station is the United States' third busiest train station and a hub for 15 Amtrak train lines with destinations throughout the country. The station also serves bus carriers like Greyhound, Indian Trails and Jefferson Lines, and offers connections to Metra commuter lines. Union Station is also just a quick walk to the nearest Chicago L lines. The current station was built in 1925, to replace the original one dating back to 1881, and today wows visitors with its impressive facade, massive columns, and opulent Great Hall. Located right in downtown and adjacent to the Chicago Loop, Union Station is equipped with many services and amenities, including phone charging stations, shops, and various food and drink options.

All bus stations in Chicago:

  • Union Station

  • 350 S Illinois St

  • Bus Terminal - 720 W Muhammad Ali Blvd

  • Bus Terminal - 709 5Th Ave S

  • 200 N Second St

Where does the bus arrive in Rockford?

Main arrival station: Van Galder Bus Office

All buses from Chicago arrive at one main station in Rockford.

All bus stations in Rockford:

  • Van Galder Bus Office

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