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Chicago - Lexington Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 3 intercity buses per day from Chicago to Lexington. Traveling by bus from Chicago to Lexington usually takes around 13 hours and 58 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 11 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance313 mi (503 km)
Shortest duration11h 55m
Cheapest price$50.97
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Chicago to Lexington

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)




November 10, 2022- Solo travel


Pros: The view. Cons: Riders. Tips: No.


Noor Muhammad

October 6, 2022- Solo travel


Pros: Knowing i am in good hands. Cons: This was my first time and dont have anything to complain really. Tips: Can trust greyhound for overnight trips.

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Lexington?

Bus tickets for a trip from Chicago to Lexington cost $66.35 on average. While it’s a bit pricey for a bus ticket, it’s still significantly more cost-effective than flying. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.

Average prices by travel date


Bus tickets from Chicago to Lexington are expected to cost between $62 and $144 over the next four weeks. If you're planning a trip to Lexington within the next week, you can find the cheapest bus tickets starting from $70. Don't wait too long to book your ticket, as prices tend to rise as the travel date approaches.

Monthly avg. prices

If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from Chicago to Lexington, mark your calendar for July. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just $73. However, taking the bus from Chicago to Lexington during November is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of $90. The best way to find deals on a trip in November is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

Prices as travel date approaches


To save money on bus tickets, buy them as early as possible. Bus carriers usually charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel. Book your ticket at least 29 days in advance to save up to $115.15.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Lexington?

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

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US114h 35m$118.00
Greyhound313h 57m$98.27
  • 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 Lexington, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound performs about 3 bus trips from Chicago to Lexington every day, with the average journey taking around 13 hours and 57 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Lexington usually start from $57.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 13 hours and 58 minutes to cover the 313 miles from Chicago to Lexington. However, the fastest bus only takes 11 hours and 55 minutes. 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.

Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Chicago to Lexington 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.

The first bus leaves at 1:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Lexington, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 3 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Lexington every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.

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.


Lexington, KY - LTN-0

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Lexington, KY - LTN-1

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Lexington, KY - LTN-2

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Located at the heart of Bluegrass Country, Lexington is sometimes called the horse capital of the world for its thoroughbred stud farms. The second-largest city in Kentucky, Lexington was named after the battle of the American Revolutionary War, and it was founded just a year before the Declaration of Independence was signed.

The presence of some of the nation's brightest minds at the University of Kentucky has helped foster a cultured air and led Lexington to take another nickname, the Athens of the West.

Downtown Lexington remains the place to see and be seen, hosting many of the city's top hotels and a handful of grassroots distilleries. You’ll be happy to know that Lexington is the city with the second cheapest pint of beer on average, so plan to hit up some breweries. Slightly east lies the Gratz Park district, home to several important buildings, including Hunt-Morgan House. A relatively modest red brick structure by today's Lexington standards, it was built by the first millionaire west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Travel to and from Lexington couldn't be simpler, thanks to no less than 180 different bus routes. There's certainly little difficulty reaching the state capital Frankfort, the rock 'n' roll sounds of Memphis, or the laid-back vibes of New Orleans.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Chicago Greyhound Bus Station - CHIGLI3-0

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Main departure station: Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

Buses to Lexington leave from 3 stations in Chicago.

All bus stations in Chicago:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

  • Chicago Train Station Bus Stop

  • Dan Ryan Bus Station

Where does the bus arrive in Lexington?

Main arrival station: 477 W New Circle Rd NW

The Greyhound bus station in Lexington is located on W New Circle Road, near the Green Acres, Elkhorn Park, and Radcliffe neighborhoods. It is about three miles from the center of the city. The bus station has restrooms and vending machines inside, but the station has limited hours; be prepared to wait for your bus outside or in one of the surrounding fast-food restaurants. Luckily, the station is in a strip mall that is also home to a bakery, pizza joint, Burger King, and a Family Dollar.

All bus stations in Lexington:

  • 477 W New Circle Rd NW

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