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Bus Route Overview: Chicago to Cleveland

There are 7 intercity buses per day from Chicago to Cleveland. Traveling by bus from Chicago to Cleveland usually takes around 11 hours and 24 minutes, but the fastest Barons Bus Lines bus can make the trip in 7 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance307 mi (495 km)
Shortest duration7h 30m
Cheapest price$30.00
Trips per day3
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago to Cleveland

(Based on 10 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Amanda

July 28, 2022- Visiting family

Barons Bus Lines

Pros: I enjoy it we have a good driver. Cons: Nothing everything is good.

Pros: I enjoy it we have a good driver. Cons: Nothing everything is good.

5.0

shaila

May 24, 2022- Visiting family

Barons Bus Lines

Pros: I like Sam from barons bus he’s very nice and effective. He’s very communicative. We were only late this time because Toledo greyhound had no employees and the bus was late with passengers continuing to Cleveland. Cons: Nothing, it’s a bus. Can’t expect more, can...

Pros: I like Sam from barons bus he’s very nice and effective. He’s very communicative. We were only late this time because Toledo greyhound had no employees and the bus was late with passengers continuing to Cleveland. Cons: Nothing, it’s a bus. Can’t expect more, can’t expect less. Tips: Just be self aware of your behavior, a lot of people are stuck on the bus for a longer time then you and obnoxious behavior is the most frustrating thing to deal with. And for those obnoxious people being headphones.

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5.0

Carmisha

April 24, 2022- Vacation

Barons Bus Lines

The trip was awesome me and my daughter enjoyed it very much.

The trip was awesome me and my daughter enjoyed it very much.

5.0

Marilyn

December 27, 2021- Visiting family

Barons Bus Lines

Pros: Driver called out upcoming stops. Cons: Maybe check into the stops where there r no passengers.

Pros: Driver called out upcoming stops. Cons: Maybe check into the stops where there r no passengers.

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.

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Cleveland?

$38.36 is the average price of a bus ticket from Chicago to Cleveland. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. 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

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Chicago to Cleveland is expected to range from $45 to $53. If you are looking to travel to Cleveland within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $46. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $45 and can be found on September 8, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Chicago to Cleveland 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 $53 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 27 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $16.48 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Cleveland?

There are 3 bus lines from Chicago to Cleveland available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 4 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 30m$39.67
Greyhound411h 35m$45.17
Miller Transportation213h 42m$81.54
  • 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 4 bus trips from Chicago to Cleveland every day, with the average journey taking around 11 hours and 35 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Cleveland usually start from $33.

  • Miller Transportation

    Miller Transportation

    Miller Transportation, through its popular bus service Hoosier Ride, connects a number of cities across six states in the Midwest via intercity bus travel. Miller buses keep you connected throughout your journey with free WiFi and power outlets on board. The carrier is consistently rated well for on-time bus arrivals. The trip from Chicago to Cleveland usually lasts 13 hours and 42 minutes on Miller Transportation, and ticket prices start at $47.

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.

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 Cleveland?

The bus takes an average of 11 hours and 24 minutes to cover the 307 miles from Chicago to Cleveland. However, the fastest bus only takes 7 hours and 30 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?

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Cleveland. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, 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.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Chicago?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Cleveland, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus departures serve Cleveland each day?

There are 7 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.

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.

Cleveland

An industrial powerhouse in the past eras, Cleveland offers to the world more than just LeBron James and Halle Berry. Unlike most other big cities, Cleveland still retains its quaint small-town feel, especially as you wander around the Cleveland Metroparks, a system of 21,000 acres of pure nature. For nature lovers, the Cleveland Botanical Garden provides a treasure trove of botanical knowledge and rare plant species. Another must-not-miss spot is the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which features exhibitions on the greatest legends such as Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, etc.

For foodies, Cleveland truly is a mecca. The city boasts an array of top chefs and high-class establishments that can bring you an unforgettable experience. For authentic American classics, Sylman’s Deli has everything you need. If you are looking for a more diverse option, head to Momocho for some mouth-watering Mexican indulgences.

Cleveland’s main bus station is located just behind the Playhouse Square Parking Garage in the Theater District. The local Amtrak train station is also located downtown not too far from the bus station. The principal airport in the city is the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, which sits 9 miles southwest of Downtown and is located next to the Glenn Research Center.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Main departure station: Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

Chicago has two bus stations with service to Cleveland.

All bus stations in Chicago:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

  • Dan Ryan Bus Station

Where does the bus arrive in Cleveland?

Bus Terminal - 1465 Chester Ave  - CLEGLI-0

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Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 1465 Chester Ave

Cleveland’s Bus Terminal at 1465 Chester Ave opened in 1948 amid wide celebration for its unique Streamline Moderne design. The aerodynamic architectural style, typical of Greyhound’s stations in big cities across the country, landed this station in the US National Register of Historic Places. Although the station was opened for Greyhound service, today, the station also serves Barons Bus Lines, Miller Transportation, and Jefferson Lines. Vending machines and a snack bar in the station give you a chance to fuel up or take a short walk to one of several nearby cafés. The station sits in the heart of downtown Cleveland, and the Amtrak station is only 1 mile away.

All bus stations in Cleveland:

  • Bus Terminal - 1465 Chester Ave

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