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Journey Information

There are 14 intercity buses per day from Chicago to Memphis. Traveling by bus from Chicago to Memphis usually takes around 14 hours and 3 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 9 hours and 35 minutes.

Distance483 mi (777 km)
Shortest duration9h 35m
Cheapest price$42.48
Trips per day5
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Chicago to Memphis

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

Creshola

August 4, 2019- Solo travel

Turimex Internacional

Pros: The bus was very clean. The drivers and the passengers were very friendly. I like the fact that they played movies for us the whole ride. Cons: My seat was broken, therefore I couldn’t sit upright. I had to lean back the whole time. Therefore I would suggest checking all seats and fixing all the ones that are broken. All so I speak English and the drivers knew very little because everyone spoke Spanish. Even the movie were all in Spanish. For the movies I would suggest using sub- titles and I would encourage a little more English. This company is growing and it has to be ready for everything. Overall everything else was great! Tips: Book your ticket and sit back and enjoy the ride. Awesome friendly service!

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Memphis?

Bus tickets for a trip from Chicago to Memphis cost $61.28 on average. While it’s a bit pricey for a bus ticket, it’s still significantly more cost-effective than flying. 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

$105$70$35JunJun

Bus tickets from Chicago to Memphis are expected to cost between $60 and $105 over the next four weeks. If you're planning a trip to Memphis within the next week, you can find the cheapest bus tickets starting from $67. Don't wait too long to book your ticket, as prices tend to rise as the travel date approaches.

Monthly avg. prices

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Taking the bus from Chicago to Memphis is usually cheapest in August, when the average ticket price is only $62. If you're planning to take the bus from Chicago to Memphis during November, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $97. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$175$140$105$70$353020100

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 29 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $98.45 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Memphis?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Chicago to Memphis that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 14 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US114h 25m$75.17
Greyhound1414h 3m$96.86
  • 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 Memphis, 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 14 bus trips from Chicago to Memphis every day, with the average journey taking around 14 hours and 3 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Memphis usually start from $42.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 14 hours and 3 minutes to cover the 483 miles from Chicago to Memphis. However, the fastest bus only takes 9 hours and 35 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.

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Memphis. 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, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.

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 Memphis, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 14 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Memphis 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 Memphis; ticket prices start at $90.00.

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.

Memphis

Nestled on the bank of the Mississippi River, Memphis is a city that constantly vibes to the rhythm of the South. Audiophiles who have fallen in love with the voice of Elvis Presley will find Graceland a must-see destination during their trip. Let the voices of Johnny Cash and B. B. King guide you to the famous Sun Studio, considered the birthplace of rock ‘n roll itself. As the day comes to an end, unwind at the famous Beale Street, where top musicians started out their career, and enjoy live music at one of the local theaters. You'll meet all sorts of visitors, and see why Memphis is one of the best destinations for bachelorette parties. The street also features some of the best restaurants in town, so make sure to check those out.

Memphis is more than just a musical center of the South. It was the vibrant center of the civil rights movement, and it was here that Martin Luther King Jr. took his last breath. Travelers interested in the city’s history should definitely take a tour around the National Civil Rights Museum. The moving and surreal exhibitions will offer a wealth of new perspectives.

Memphis' principal train hub is the Memphis Central Station, which has been in service since 1914. From there, you can travel by train to cities such as Chicago, Jackson, and Baton Rouge. On the outskirts of town, you will find the Memphis International Airport, and not far from it is the main bus stop used by Greyhound and other carriers.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Chicago Greyhound Bus Station - CHIGLI3-0

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Main departure station: Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

Buses to Memphis 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 Memphis?

Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 3033 Airway Blvd

As part of the Memphis International Airport complex, the bus terminal at 3033 Airway Blvd is an important travel hub for travelers in and out of Memphis. Jefferson Lines and Miller Transportation buses travel from this station to exciting cities such as Nashville, Chicago, Atlanta, and Houston. Restrooms, indoor seating, vending machines, and a 24-hour snack bar make this a comfortable stop along your journey. In the immediate vicinity, you can find several dining options for a quick bite, as well as some of the airport’s rental car agencies. Once you hop in a rental car, getting from the bus terminal to downtown Memphis is about a 15-minute drive.

All bus stations in Memphis:

  • Bus Terminal - 3033 Airway Blvd

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