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Chicago to Nashville bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$51.00
Shortest duration9h 40m
Trips per day16
Bus lines3

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $73.71 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to Nashville. Buses from Nashville to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $73.71 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 2 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $4.56 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 13 hours and 19 minutes to cover the 398 miles (640 kilometers) from Chicago, IL to Nashville, TN. However, the fastest bus only takes 9 hours and 40 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?

Because many passengers travel from Chicago to Nashville at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Friday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday ticket is the way to go.

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

How many buses are there each day?

There are 16 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Nashville every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 8 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 Nashville; ticket prices start at $91.00.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Nashville?

There are 3 bus lines from Chicago, Illinois to Nashville, Tennessee. With 14 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
Amtrak Thruway211h 2m$100.00
Greyhound1414h 4m$63.33
Miller Transportation117h 35m$104.02

Book Amtrak Thruway from Chicago to Nashville from $100. There are 2 trips per day offered by Amtrak Thruway from Chicago to Nashville and you can expect on average to pay $100 for a Amtrak Thruway ticket to Nashville. In Chicago, Amtrak Thruway departs to Nashville from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, In Nashville, Amtrak Thruway arrives at Bus Terminal - 709 5Th Ave S, An average trip on Amtrak Thruway from Chicago to Nashville takes 11 hours and 2 minutes, while the fastest available Amtrak Thruway trip will get you to Nashville in 9 hours and 40 minutes, On weekends, Amtrak Thruway offers 2 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $100 for a weekend trip to Nashville.

Book Greyhound from Chicago to Nashville from $51. There are 14 trips per day offered by Greyhound from Chicago to Nashville and you can expect on average to pay $63 for a Greyhound ticket to Nashville. In Chicago, Greyhound departs to Nashville from Dan Ryan Bus Station and 3 other stations. In Nashville, Greyhound arrives at Bus Terminal - 709 5Th Ave S, An average trip on Greyhound from Chicago to Nashville takes 14 hours and 4 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Nashville in 9 hours and 40 minutes, On weekends, Greyhound offers 14 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $63 for a weekend trip to Nashville.

Book Miller Transportation from Chicago to Nashville from $89. Typically there is one Miller Transportation schedule per day from Chicago to Nashville and you can expect on average to pay $104 for a Miller Transportation ticket to Nashville. In Chicago, Miller Transportation departs to Nashville from Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St, In Nashville, Miller Transportation arrives at Bus Terminal - 709 5Th Ave S, An average trip on Miller Transportation from Chicago to Nashville takes 17 hours and 35 minutes, while the fastest available Miller Transportation trip will get you to Nashville in 9 hours and 40 minutes, On weekends, Miller Transportation offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay $104 for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to Nashville.

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Buses to Nashville leave from multiple locations in Chicago, Illinois. These are the 4 most popular bus stations:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Nashville?

All buses from Chicago arrive at one main station in Nashville, Tennessee:

  • Bus Terminal - 709 5Th Ave S

Price trends for buses from Chicago to Nashville

Average prices by travel date

$105$70$35MarMar

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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