COVID-19 Travel Guide
Learn more ›

Find bus tickets from Chicago to Cleveland

Lowest PricesWe work directly with hundreds of bus & train carriers to find the best available fares.
No Wanderu FeesWe never add any extra fees. We just make it easy to book your bus & train tickets.
Best Travel OptionsWe help you find & compare the best buses and trains in one place.

Journey Information

Chicago to Cleveland bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$27.00
Shortest Duration7h 45m
Trips per day9
Bus lines3

Frequently Asked Questions

What bus carriers go from Chicago to Cleveland?

There are currently 3 bus carriers that go from Chicago to Cleveland: Barons Bus Lines, Greyhound and Megabus. Greyhound has averages 13 daily trips to Cleveland, which is the most of any bus line, and the journey averages 8 hours and 27 minutes. Out of those 13 daily trips, 9 of them are direct routes that do not require a transfer. Barons Bus Lines has 2 daily trips, with an average duration of 10 hours and 12 minutes. Megabus offers 2 daily routes, but has the fastest duration at 6 hours and 20 minutes.

How long does it take to get to Cleveland from Chicago by bus?

A direct bus from Chicago to Cleveland takes about 6 hours and 20 minutes. Barons Bus Lines, Greyhound and Megabus all have direct routes, though Megabus exclusively has direct routes, while the other two also include some trips with transfers. For buses with transfers, the longest it would take to get to Cleveland is 8-10 hours.

What is the cheapest bus ticket you can get from Chicago to Cleveland?

The cheapest possible ticket you can purchase from Chicago to Cleveland is $10. To get this price, your best bet is to book as early as possible. The average ticket from Chicago to Cleveland is closer to $23. If you were to book two weeks or more ahead of your trip, you’re likely to save an average of $18.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to Cleveland 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.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

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 much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Cleveland?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $31.40 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to Cleveland. Buses from Cleveland to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $31.40 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 20 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $16.82 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 11 hours and 46 minutes to cover the 307 miles (495 kilometers) from Chicago, IL to Cleveland, OH. However, the fastest bus only takes 7 hours and 45 minutes. The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

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

Thursday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Thursday, 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 Cleveland, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Chicago?

The first bus leaves at 7:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Cleveland, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 9 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Cleveland every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 3 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 Cleveland; ticket prices start at $48.00.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Cleveland?

There are 3 bus lines from Chicago, Illinois to Cleveland, Ohio. With 5 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 Lines17h 45m$40.14
Greyhound510h 6m$37.32
Miller Transportation314h 23m$67.79

Book Barons Bus Lines from Chicago to Cleveland from $30. Typically there is one Barons Bus Lines schedule per day from Chicago to Cleveland and you can expect on average to pay $40 for a Barons Bus Lines ticket to Cleveland. In Chicago, Barons Bus Lines departs to Cleveland from Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St, In Cleveland, Barons Bus Lines arrives at Bus Terminal - 1465 Chester Ave, An average trip on Barons Bus Lines from Chicago to Cleveland takes 7 hours and 45 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 Cleveland.

Book Greyhound from Chicago to Cleveland from $27. There are 5 trips per day offered by Greyhound from Chicago to Cleveland and you can expect on average to pay $37 for a Greyhound ticket to Cleveland. In Chicago, Greyhound departs to Cleveland from Union Station - 225 S Canal St and 2 other stations. In Cleveland, Greyhound arrives at Bus Terminal - 1465 Chester Ave, An average trip on Greyhound from Chicago to Cleveland takes 10 hours and 6 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Cleveland in 7 hours and 45 minutes, On weekends, Greyhound offers 5 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Cleveland.

Book Miller Transportation from Chicago to Cleveland from $29. There are 3 trips per day offered by Miller Transportation from Chicago to Cleveland and you can expect on average to pay $68 for a Miller Transportation ticket to Cleveland. In Chicago, Miller Transportation departs to Cleveland from Dan Ryan Bus Station and one other station. In Cleveland, Miller Transportation arrives at Bus Terminal - 1465 Chester Ave and one other station. An average trip on Miller Transportation from Chicago to Cleveland takes 14 hours and 23 minutes, while the fastest available Miller Transportation trip will get you to Cleveland in 7 hours and 45 minutes, On weekends, Miller Transportation offers 3 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Cleveland.

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Buses to Cleveland leave from multiple locations in Chicago, Illinois. These are the 3 most popular bus stations:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

Where does the bus arrive in Cleveland?

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Cleveland, Ohio:

  • Bus Terminal - 1465 Chester Ave
  • Buy TktsBarons Bus Corp

Price trends for buses from Chicago to Cleveland

Average prices by travel date

$75$50$25FebMar

Monthly average prices

$50$40$30$20$10MAMJJASONDJF

Prices as travel date approaches

$75$60$45$30$153020100

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago, IL to Cleveland, OH

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Daniel

October 10, 2019 - Business

Megabus

Pros: The trip stuck to the schedule very well. The travel station that we stopped at on I-80 was very nice. Cons: I ran an internet speed test on the bus and the download speed was recorded as 0.1 Mbps, not really fast enough to do anything on the internet. Pros: The trip stuck to the schedule very well. The travel station that we stopped at on I-80 was very nice. Cons: I ran an internet speed test on the bus and the download speed was recorded as 0.1 Mbps, not really fast enough to do anything on the internet.

5.0

Jan

July 26, 2019 - Visiting friends

Megabus

Pros: It was great! I will do it again! Cons: The bus stop in Chicago could have something to protect the waiting passengers from the sun or from the rain... Tips: I had to cancel one of my trips but I could not get the refund... I lost the money. Pros: It was great! I will do it again! Cons: The bus stop in Chicago could have something to protect the waiting passengers from the sun or from the rain... Tips: I had to cancel one of my trips but I could not get the refund... I lost the money.

3.0

Tino

June 2, 2019 - Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: Wasn’t hot on the bus. Cons: Took too damn long and WiFi sucked. Pros: Wasn’t hot on the bus. Cons: Took too damn long and WiFi sucked.

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

wanderu
iPhone
wanderu
Android
Available on iOS & Android