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Bus Trip Information: Chicago to Bloomington

There are 4 intercity buses per day from Chicago to Bloomington. Traveling by bus from Chicago to Bloomington usually takes around 5 hours and 37 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 5 hours,

Distance196 mi (316 km)
Shortest duration5h 0m
Cheapest price$30.99
Trips per day3
Most frequent serviceMiller Transportation
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago to Bloomington

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Alison

June 19, 2022- Solo travel

Miller Transportation

AC, wifi, and not having to drive!

AC, wifi, and not having to drive!

5.0

Jaylen

June 7, 2022- Business

Miller Transportation

Pros: Quick. Clean. Convenient. Cons: More departure times, available routes. Tips: Arrive a bit early to find the bus stop.

Pros: Quick. Clean. Convenient. Cons: More departure times, available routes. Tips: Arrive a bit early to find the bus stop.

5.0

Alison

February 23, 2022- Visiting family

Miller Transportation

Pros: Quiet and low-stress. Cons: That driver is kinda rude. Tips: Bring a blanket!

Pros: Quiet and low-stress. Cons: That driver is kinda rude. Tips: Bring a blanket!

4.0

Hanmi

December 1, 2019- Visiting family

OurBus

Pros: Driver told us about detours and delays. Cons: It was pretty cold in the seat - we were sitting pretty near the front maybe third or fourth row on the side with the bus door.

Pros: Driver told us about detours and delays. Cons: It was pretty cold in the seat - we were sitting pretty near the front maybe third or fourth row on the side with the bus door.

5.0

Mustafa

June 26, 2019- Vacation

Miller Transportation

Pros: The trip was nice and comfortable. The best way to travel between Chicago and Bloomington. Tips: If you know your dates, book your tickets atleast a week in advance, if not more. the ticket prices change very quickly.

Pros: The trip was nice and comfortable. The best way to travel between Chicago and Bloomington. Tips: If you know your dates, book your tickets atleast a week in advance, if not more. the ticket prices change very quickly.

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Bloomington?

$31.64 is the average price of a bus ticket from Chicago to Bloomington. 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

$60$40$20AugAug

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Chicago to Bloomington is expected to range from $37 to $50. If you are looking to travel to Bloomington within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $37. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $37 and can be found on August 11, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in May. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $39 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Bloomington in February, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $43 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

$75$60$45$30$153020100

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 13 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $26.00 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Bloomington?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Chicago to Bloomington that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Miller Transportation usually offers more choice, with 3 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US15h 0m$32.70
Miller Transportation35h 55m$46.64
  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment. On average, FlixBus US operates 1 trips per day from Chicago to Bloomington, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Miller Transportation

    Miller Transportation

    Miller Transportation, through its popular bus service Hoosier Ride, connects a number of cities across six states in the Midwest via intercity bus travel. Miller buses keep you connected throughout your journey with free WiFi and power outlets on board. The carrier is consistently rated well for on-time bus arrivals. The trip from Chicago to Bloomington usually lasts 5 hours and 55 minutes on Miller Transportation, and ticket prices start at $32.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The bus takes an average of 5 hours and 37 minutes to cover the 196 miles from Chicago to Bloomington. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours. 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?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by buses from Chicago to Bloomington on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Thursday. Thursday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Chicago?

The first bus leaves at 7:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Bloomington, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Bloomington every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 3 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

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 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.

Bloomington

The terrain and the university are two defining elements that have shaped this Indiana town and its residents. The hills, forests, and lakes provide a valuable and well-protected haven. Hardworking Hoosiers quarried and milled the limestone, which is then used to create spectacular buildings and sculptures around the state and country. Students and professors come to Indiana University from all over the world, bringing their ideas and goals to a community that welcomes everyone.

The lakes and parks are excellent in the summer, with perfect weather and a notable absence of students during Indiana University's summer break.

Dining in Bloomington is next-level thrilling because of the experience that local restaurants produce in unison with their cuisine and beverages – the unique character, friendly service, and attractive ambiance. It's simple to fill your stomach with excellent food, but it's not every day that you can fill your soul with a delicious experience. That makes Bloomington's culinary scene so unique: it's local, varied, and pleasantly satisfying.

To get to Bloomington, you can catch a bus from cities like Indianapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York. The Central Illinois Regional Airport is only a few miles east of the city for air travel.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Main departure station: Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

Buses to Bloomington leave from 3 stations in Chicago.

All bus stations in Chicago:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

  • Dan Ryan Bus Station

  • Canal St

Where does the bus arrive in Bloomington?

Main arrival station: Bloomington Transit Ctr

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Bloomington.

All bus stations in Bloomington:

  • Bloomington Transit Ctr

  • 301 S Walnut St

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