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Journey Information

There are 6 intercity buses per day from Chicago to South Bend. Traveling by bus from Chicago to South Bend usually takes around one hour and 52 minutes, but the fastest Barons Bus Lines bus can make the trip in just one hour and 45 minutes.

Distance72 mi (116 km)
Shortest duration1h 45m
Cheapest price$15.00
Trips per day6
Most frequent serviceMiller Transportation
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago to South Bend

(Based on 9 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Sanna

March 13, 2022- Visiting friends

Barons Bus Lines

Pros: The driver was so helpful and I really appreciate her kindness. Cons: Seat capacity. Tips: Nor to my knowledge.

Pros: The driver was so helpful and I really appreciate her kindness. Cons: Seat capacity. Tips: Nor to my knowledge.

5.0

Gloria

October 29, 2019- Business

Barons Bus Lines

Pros: Very comfortable. Cons: Nothing. Tips: None.

Pros: Very comfortable. Cons: Nothing. Tips: None.

5.0

Martin

September 11, 2019- Visiting family

Airport SuperSaver

Pros: the kindness and help from the operator. Cons: wifi onboard, seats more spacious. Tips: recommended.

Pros: the kindness and help from the operator. Cons: wifi onboard, seats more spacious. Tips: recommended.

5.0

Zakaria

August 24, 2019- Solo travel

Airport SuperSaver

Pros: comfort. Cons: Phone charging point.

Pros: comfort. Cons: Phone charging point.

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to South Bend?

The average price for a bus ticket to South Bend is $15.00, This is a superb deal on a bus trip, one of the best that we have seen. 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

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Chicago to South Bend is expected to range from $22 to $26. If you are looking to travel to South Bend within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $22. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $22 and can be found on July 7, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Chicago to South Bend 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 $25 whenever you decide to travel.

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 26 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $11.56 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to South Bend?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Chicago to South Bend that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Miller Transportation usually offers more choice, with 4 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Barons Bus Lines21h 48m$25.00
Miller Transportation41h 55m$25.09
  • Barons Bus Lines

    Barons Bus Lines

    Barons Bus Lines is a ground transportation company that serves various cities across the Midwest. The company follows through on its slogan of "ride like royalty" with a fleet of modern coaches boasting enhanced amenities such as free Wi-Fi, power outlets, ADA accessible steps, and spacious bathrooms. With a reputation for skilled drivers, top-notch safety, and stellar customer service, it's no wonder Barons Bus won the 2022 Wanderu Passengers' Choice Award for #1 Business Travelers' Favorite.

  • 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 South Bend usually lasts 1 hours and 55 minutes on Miller Transportation, and ticket prices start at $15.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to South Bend 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 South Bend?

The bus takes an average of one hour and 52 minutes to cover the 72 miles from Chicago to South Bend. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 45 minutes. You'll have just enough time for a small nap on this relatively short bus 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?

Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Chicago to South Bend 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, 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 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to South Bend, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus schedules are there most days?

There are 6 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to South Bend 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 South Bend without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Chicago to South Bend; ticket prices start at $16.00.

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 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.

South Bend

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South Bend is quite a small city in Indiana, but this town offers plenty of beautiful landmarks and outdoor activities that will keep you captivated. When visiting South Bend, don't miss the Century Center, which not only hosts some of the best exhibitions in town but also boasts a great view towards the nearby St Joseph River, making it a particularly photogenic spot. The North/South Continental Divide is one particular point of interest, just a bit further down the US 20 bypass. Immerse yourself in nature at Shiojiri Niwa, a Japanese garden with more than twenty different large plants.

Though a small town, South Bend still has plenty of great dining options on its plate. For the best locally sourced burgers and a killer view of the river, check out Oaken Bucket Restaurant. If you can splurge a little bit, LaSalle Grill offers some of the finest dishes in town!

South Bend is a convenient location to reach from anywhere in the Midwest, with several bus stations in the city and Amtrak service stopping at a station close to downtown. In addition, South Bend International Airport is very close to the city and offers flights to domestic and international destinations.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Main departure station: Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

Chicago has two bus stations with service to South Bend.

All bus stations in Chicago:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

  • Dan Ryan Bus Station

Where does the bus arrive in South Bend?

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Main arrival station: 100 W S St

The South Street Station opened in 1998 as a multi-modal transit center. It is located in downtown South Bend across the street from the renovated Coveleski Stadium and Union Station. On average, about 2.2 million people use the station every year. A public transit bus stop located right outside the station connects it to the surrounding areas, including Notre Dame University and the U.P. Mall in downtown South Bend.

All bus stations in South Bend:

  • 100 W S St

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