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Journey Information

Chicago to Rockford bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$13.00
Shortest Duration1h 50m
Trips per day9
Bus lines2
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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago, IL to Rockford, IL
Based on 2 reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Users that traveled with Van Galder report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 50 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
September 26, 2019Solo travel
Easy to find stop. Departed on time. Good service considering all the traffic to get out of Chicago.
Follow the directions and you will have no trouble.
September 2, 2019Solo travel
On time

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to Rockford 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. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep 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 Rockford?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $20.11 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to Rockford. Buses from Rockford to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $20.11 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 2 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $1.13 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 2 hours and 19 minutes to cover the 80 miles (129 kilometers) from Chicago, IL to Rockford, IL. However, the fastest bus only takes 1 hour 50 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie.

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

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 Rockford, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 9 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Rockford every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 8 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 Rockford; ticket prices start at $21.00.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Rockford?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from Chicago, Illinois to Rockford, Illinois. Of these two services, Amtrak Thruway usually offers more choice, with 8 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway82h 4m$21.00
Greyhound24h 54m$15.71

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Chicago, Illinois has two bus stations with service to Rockford, Illinois:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

Where does the bus arrive in Rockford?

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Rockford, Illinois:

  • Van Galder Bus Station - 7559 Walton St
  • E Side Tranfer Ctr

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