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Journey Information

There are 7 intercity buses per day from Chicago to Cincinnati. Traveling by bus from Chicago to Cincinnati usually takes around 10 hours and 13 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 9 hours and 10 minutes.

Distance252 mi (406 km)
Shortest duration9h 10m
Cheapest price$38.00
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago to Cincinnati

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

Rebecca

January 25, 2020- Business

Megabus

Pros: Bus driver was nice and interactive. Cons: Drop off area was kind of sketchy. Tips: The bus came early and left exactly on time so be there at least 10-15 minutes early.

Pros: Bus driver was nice and interactive. Cons: Drop off area was kind of sketchy. Tips: The bus came early and left exactly on time so be there at least 10-15 minutes early.

5.0

Evan

October 28, 2019- Visiting family

Megabus

Pros: Fall colors. Cons: WiFi & USB port. Tips: Pack lite, be polite, and smile.

Pros: Fall colors. Cons: WiFi & USB port. Tips: Pack lite, be polite, and smile.

4.0

Hareeshbabu

August 6, 2019- Vacation

Greyhound

Rescheduling after the bus broke

Rescheduling after the bus broke

5.0

Hareeshbabu

June 18, 2019- Visiting friends

Megabus

Pros: Punctuality. Cons: WiFi connectivity.

Pros: Punctuality. Cons: WiFi connectivity.

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Cincinnati?

Typically $41.57 is the average price you should expect to pay for a bus ticket to Cincinnati. Any tickets cheaper than $41.57 can be considered a great deal. 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 Cincinnati is expected to range from $44 to $55. If you are looking to travel to Cincinnati within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $44. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $44 and can be found on August 24, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in March. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $47 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Cincinnati in January, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $51 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

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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 27 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $25.23 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Cincinnati?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Chicago to Cincinnati that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 6 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Barons Bus Lines210h 2m$74.91
Greyhound610h 14m$48.36
  • 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.

  • 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 6 bus trips from Chicago to Cincinnati every day, with the average journey taking around 10 hours and 14 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Cincinnati usually start from $38.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The bus takes an average of 10 hours and 13 minutes to cover the 252 miles from Chicago to Cincinnati. However, the fastest bus only takes 9 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.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded buses to Cincinnati, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Chicago?

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Cincinnati, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus schedules are there most days?

There are 7 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Cincinnati 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.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Chicago to Cincinnati; ticket prices start at $52.00.

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.

Cincinnati

A city famous for its idyllic beauty and quaint quarters, Cincinnati is the destination for tourists who wish to stay away from a large crowd. On a bright sunny day in Cincinnati, head over to Eden Park. Encompassing over 183 acres of green space and tree groves, the park lives up to its name, and there are some scenic ponds where you can unwind as well as take a few amazing pictures. Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum might sound like a scary place to visit, but its tranquility and amazing landscape design, which was ahead of its time, will make it worth the while to check it out. For those who still crave some liveliness, watching a game at the Great American Ball Park, home of the oldest professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds, will be an unforgettable experience.

Cincinnati features a very diverse food scene in spite of its German roots. If you are looking to try out some refreshing Mediterranean dishes, head over to Abigail Street, one of the local favorites. For authentic German dishes, the door at Mecklenburg Gardens welcomes you.

There’s not a central bus station in the city, as each of the different bus carriers serving Cincinnati operates out of a different location. The principal Amtrak train station is the Union Terminal on Western Ave. Cincinnati is served by Amtrak’s Cardinal line. The city’s main airport is the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, which is located in Hebron, Kentucky.

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 Cincinnati?

1005 Gilbert Ave  - CINGLI-0

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Main arrival station: 1005 Gilbert Ave

The Cincinnati Greyhound Bus Station on Gilbert Ave is the main bus transportation center in Cincinnati. Locals and regional travelers pass through the station with frequent routes to major cities including Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Louisville, and Dallas. Greyhound and Barons Bus Lines operate bus service from Cincinnati. The station includes restrooms and an on-site restaurant for grabbing a meal while waiting to board the bus. The Hard Rock Cafe and Hard Rock Casino are right next door to the station, and several parking lots and additional restaurants are available in the nearby Central Business District of Cincinnati.

All bus stations in Cincinnati:

  • 1005 Gilbert Ave

  • Univ of Cincinnati

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