Chicago to Ann Arbor bus

Available on iOS & Android
Lowest Prices

We find the cheapest bus & train tickets, so you can wander for less.

Best Travel Options

We partner with 500+ carriers to bring you the most bus & train options.

Quick & Easy Booking

Book trips quickly with a simple, hassle-free checkout – online & on our app.

Fast Customer Support

We don’t monkey around. We respond within minutes to help you out.

Chicago - Ann Arbor Bus Schedule

Find cheap rental carsFind great deals on cheap cars in the area.
RentalCars logotypeRentalCars logotype
No preview is currently available. Please try another date or search the full schedule.

Journey Information

There are 11 intercity buses per day from Chicago to Ann Arbor. Traveling by bus from Chicago to Ann Arbor usually takes around 6 hours and 58 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 4 hours and 10 minutes.

Distance201 mi (324 km)
Shortest duration4h 10m
Cheapest price$21.58
Trips per day5
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Chicago to Ann Arbor

(Based on 15 ratings and reviews)




July 25, 2021


I enjoyed my trip visiting friends in Ann Arbor. Bus was on time and seats were spacious.



March 8, 2020- Solo travel


Pros: The driver, Mr. Kraus I think, was very friendly and tried his best when the bus experienced a flat tire. Cons: No electrical outlet and no wifi I think.



February 23, 2020- Visiting family


I was returning home for a family funeral and was tired and sad. The trip was so comfortable and peaceful, it was a really healing experience.



January 19, 2020- Vacation


Pros: Very good, staff very helpful and frufndly. Cons: The terminal in Chicago was a parking lot and it was too cold to wait outside.



January 4, 2020- Visiting friends


Pros: On time, there was one stop which was good and trip was smooth. Cons: Wifi was not working and the seat space is not good. Tips: Would recommend this for shorter distances.

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Ann Arbor?

Bus tickets for a trip from Chicago to Ann Arbor cost $37.85 on average. Opting to take a bus is a wallet-friendly way to make this trip. 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


If you're planning to travel by bus from Chicago to Ann Arbor in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $30 to $43. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on December 12, 2023.

If you’re looking to travel to Ann Arbor this week, bus tickets are available starting at $30.

Monthly average prices

If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from Chicago to Ann Arbor, mark your calendar for February. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just $33. However, taking the bus from Chicago to Ann Arbor during July is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of $43. The best way to find deals on a trip in July is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

Prices as travel date approaches


Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices closer to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. To find the cheapest bus tickets, book your trip at least 22 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $24.13 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Ann Arbor?

There are 3 bus lines from Chicago to Ann Arbor available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 9 daily trips, Greyhound usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Barons Bus Lines119h 21m$126.92
FlixBus US14h 28m$44.97
Greyhound96h 25m$41.23
  • Book Barons Bus Lines from Chicago to Ann Arbor from $108. Typically there is one Barons Bus Lines schedule per day from Chicago to Ann Arbor and you can expect on average to pay for a Barons Bus Lines ticket to Ann Arbor. In Chicago, Barons Bus Lines departs to Ann Arbor from Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St . In Ann Arbor, Barons Bus Lines arrives at 325 Depot Street - Transit Station .

    An average trip on Barons Bus Lines from Chicago to Ann Arbor takes 19 hours and 21 minutes , while the fastest available Barons Bus Lines trip will get you to Ann Arbor in 4 hours and 10 minutes .

    On weekends, Barons Bus Lines offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to Ann Arbor.

  • 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 Ann Arbor, 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 9 bus trips from Chicago to Ann Arbor every day, with the average journey taking around 6 hours and 25 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Ann Arbor usually start from $22.

Frequently Asked Questions

Of the 12 daily routes between Chicago and Ann Arbor, Michigan, 6 are direct buses that do not require a transfer or have out-of-the-way stops. Megabus and Greyhound both have direct service between the two cities, which will get you to Ann Arbor in as fast as 4 hours and 20 minutes.

Traveling by bus is likely the best way to get from Chicago to Ann Arbor. There are 12 buses that cover this route per day, versus only 4 train lines, meaning you have more options to fit to your schedule.

Bus tickets are also cheaper, costing about $23 on average, whereas train tickets are closer to $40. Amtrak has a slight advantage when it comes to travel time — the fastest train between Chicago and Ann Arbor gets there about 15 minutes quicker than the fastest bus — but in most other ways, bus comes out on top.

Flights are also an option, with nonstop flights taking about an hour and 15 minutes. That said, the tickets are expensive, and start at north of $150.

Since the shortest bus duration is 4 hours, a day-trip from Chicago to Ann Arbor is not ideal. Even with the first bus departing at 6:00 a.m., it would not give you enough time to really explore Ann Arbor. With the last bus departing at 8:00 p.m. it’s theoretically possible, but you’d be in store for a very tiring day. If you’re interested in visiting Ann Arbor, you’re better off making it a weekend trip.

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.

The bus takes an average of 6 hours and 58 minutes to cover the 201 miles from Chicago to Ann Arbor. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 10 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.

Because many passengers travel from Chicago to Ann Arbor at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Friday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday 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 Ann Arbor, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 11 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Ann Arbor every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 5 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 Ann Arbor; ticket prices start at $33.00.

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.

Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is a quirky city filled with interesting secrets for curious travelers. The first thing to do in Ann Arbor is to check out its crown jewel, the University of Michigan. Boasting as many as 30 libraries and more than 16 museums, the university will fulfill every culturally-inclined traveler’s desires with ease. Nature lovers who enjoy a breath of fresh air should consider hopping on the Huron River Water Trail, which offers plenty of opportunities for paddling. Also don’t miss out on a show at the famous Michigan Theater, which offers retro shows and live acts.

Travelers can enjoy an authentic Ann Arbor culinary experience at Kerrytown, a historic quarter in the city. Located there are the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, as well as Zingerman’s Deli, both of which are local favorites.

The Amtrak station at 325 Depot St serves as the city’s main hub for both bus and train travel. From the station you can catch a bus or train to various cities such as Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and beyond. Ann Arbor is served by Amtrak’s Wolverine line. The city’s main airport is the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Chicago Greyhound Bus Station - CHIGLI3-0

Image credit: Jeramey Jannene

Link to image attribution

Main departure station: Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

Buses to Ann Arbor leave from 3 stations in Chicago.

All bus stations in Chicago:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

  • Dan Ryan Bus Station

  • Chicago Train Station Bus Stop

Where does the bus arrive in Ann Arbor?

Main arrival station: 325 Depot Street - Transit Station

All buses from Chicago arrive at one main station in Ann Arbor.

All bus stations in Ann Arbor:

  • 325 Depot Street - Transit Station

Get around town with Moovit

Find the best way to get to and from any station in Ann Arbor by public transit, courtesy of Moovit. Search now

Need a return trip from Ann Arbor to Chicago?

Search Bus Tickets

Wanderu is the simplest way to book bus and train travel.

With just a quick search on Wanderu, you can compare bus and train schedules and prices from hundreds of travel companies in one convenient place to find the trip that works best for you. Wanderu’s simple checkout process makes it easy to book cheap bus and train tickets hassle-free. Most importantly, as Wanderu is an official partner of all leading bus and train companies, we always have the best bus and train deals out there.

Book buses and trains on the go with the Wanderu app.

Download our app and snag the best travel deals across North America & Europe.Learn more

Available on iOS & Android