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Journey Information

There is one daily bus from Chicago to Grand Rapids. Traveling by bus from Chicago to Grand Rapids usually takes around 4 hours and 10 minutes, but some buses might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled depending on traffic conditions.

Distance125 mi (201 km)
Shortest duration4h 10m
Cheapest price$33.00
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago to Grand Rapids

(Based on 8 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

Sue

May 21, 2022- Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: The staff at our Kalamazoo stop was friendly and professional. The bus station was beautiful and pristine. Smooth ride. Cons: Staff in Chicago seemed robotic with an I don’t care attitude. Too sad.

Pros: The staff at our Kalamazoo stop was friendly and professional. The bus station was beautiful and pristine. Smooth ride. Cons: Staff in Chicago seemed robotic with an I don’t care attitude. Too sad.

5.0

Hamza

January 16, 2020- Visiting friends

Greyhound

Pros: Okay. Cons: Timing.

Pros: Okay. Cons: Timing.

3.0

Juliana

July 14, 2019- Business

Indian Trails

Pros: Driver was very nice and communicative. Cons: Dan Ryan Station in Chicago does not feel safe. I would love if Indian Trails was more communicative about where to go to meet the bus so that passengers can be sure that they are in the correct spot and not be wander...

Pros: Driver was very nice and communicative. Cons: Dan Ryan Station in Chicago does not feel safe. I would love if Indian Trails was more communicative about where to go to meet the bus so that passengers can be sure that they are in the correct spot and not be wandering around a historically unsafe station. Also, I would LOOOOOOVE text updates on your buses so that we have some transparency when a bus is running late. Especially the first time at a new station, I'm always really worried that I'm in the wrong spot when the bus is late.

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How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Grand Rapids?

The average price for a bus ticket to Grand Rapids is $33.36, Traveling by bus on this route is one of the most affordable ways to hit the road from Chicago. 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

$45$30$15AugAug

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Chicago to Grand Rapids is expected to range from $33 to $34. If you are looking to travel to Grand Rapids within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $33. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $33 and can be found on August 15, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Chicago to Grand Rapids 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 $35 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 25 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $17.57 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Grand Rapids?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Chicago to Grand Rapids. Greyhound is the only company that has bus schedules available to search and book at the moment. It only makes the trip once a day on most days.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound14h 11m$35.08
  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    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 1 bus trips from Chicago to Grand Rapids every day, with the average journey taking around 4 hours and 11 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Grand Rapids usually start from $33.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids?

The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 10 minutes to cover the 125 miles from Chicago to Grand Rapids. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the road. 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 Grand Rapids 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?

There is usually only one bus per day from Chicago to Grand Rapids. It leaves the station in Chicago at 7:00am each day. The time might vary for specific dates, so be sure to search on Wanderu for the most up-to-date information.

How many buses are there each day?

There is usually only one bus per day from Chicago to Grand Rapids. However, it is not a direct bus, so you will have to get off your original vehicle to change buses during the trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Chicago to Grand Rapids; ticket prices start at $35.00.

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.

Grand Rapids

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Blessed with unspoiled nature and a blossoming art scene, Grand Rapids is the perfect destination to enjoy a quick weekend getaway. To fully enjoy the vast swath of rolling hills and orchards the city has to offer, head towards Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery, where you can pick apples like a local and enjoy delicious regional wines. This location also features apple products such as apple ciders and apple pies, making it a true haven for foodies. If you wish to explore the historical values and heritage of the city, check out the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, which features plenty of memorabilia of the former president. For even more local produce, head to the Downtown Market.

Due to its proximity to nature, Grand Rapids offers the freshest local home-cooked dishes. Some notable local favorites include The Sovengard, which makes Scandinavian dishes using local ingredients, and six.one.six, an upscale establishment that offers French-inspired dishes similarly featuring local produce.

Grand Rapids includes bus and train service throughout the Midwest and beyond. The nearest airport is the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, located 9.4 miles from the city center.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Main departure station: Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

Most buses depart from the main station in Chicago.

All bus stations in Chicago:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

Where does the bus arrive in Grand Rapids?

Rapid Central Station - 250 Grandville Ave SW -{"city":"Grand Rapids","country":"US","postal":"49503","state":"MI","street1":"250 Grandville Ave SW"} - GRRGLI-0

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Main arrival station: Rapid Central Station - 250 Grandville Ave SW

Built in 2004, Rapid Central Station is Grand Rapids' main bus station for carriers, including Greyhound and Indian Trails. It is also where virtually all local bus services stop, connecting passengers across Grand Rapids. The station has an expansive lobby, waiting area, vending machines, and an Information Center. There is a bar and coffee shop down the block, and the Amtrak train station is only a 5-minute walk south.

All bus stations in Grand Rapids:

  • Rapid Central Station - 250 Grandville Ave SW

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