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Journey Information

There are 20 intercity buses per day from Chicago to Dallas. Traveling by bus from Chicago to Dallas usually takes around 23 hours and 7 minutes, but the fastest Tornado Bus bus can make the trip in 15 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance805 mi (1295 km)
Shortest duration15h 20m
Cheapest price$73.98
Trips per day14
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines3

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Dallas?

Bus tickets for a trip from Chicago to Dallas cost $110.97 on average. Bus tickets on this route can be a bit expensive due to the length of the trip. But even with a higher price tag, taking the bus is often more affordable than flying to Dallas. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.

Monthly average prices

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If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from Chicago to Dallas, mark your calendar for June. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just $124. However, taking the bus from Chicago to Dallas during July is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of $155. The best way to find deals on a trip in July is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

Prices as travel date approaches

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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 27 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $142.36 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Dallas?

There are 3 bus lines from Chicago to Dallas available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 10 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
FlixBus US123h 21m$183.58
Greyhound1023h 49m$170.96
Tornado Bus1419h 59m$214.96
  • 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 Dallas, 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 10 bus trips from Chicago to Dallas every day, with the average journey taking around 23 hours and 49 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Dallas usually start from $74.

  • Tornado Bus is a Texan bus company operating in Texas and Mexico. Their bus service connects cities such as Houston, McAllen, San Antonio, and the international border at El Paso. Their buses offer onboard WiFi, plenty of leg room, air conditioning, restrooms, and power outlets.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 23 hours and 7 minutes to cover the 805 miles from Chicago to Dallas. However, the fastest bus only takes 15 hours and 20 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.

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 Dallas, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

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

There are 20 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Dallas every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 14 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 Dallas; ticket prices start at $110.00.

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.

Dallas

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Dallas, TX - DAL-1

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Dallas is one of the most vibrant and modern cities in Texas, as well as one of the state's best vacation destinations. While it is one of the foremost business, telecommunications and transportation hubs in the United States, Dallas is also one of the most exciting cities when it comes to culture and nightlife opportunities.

When you are planning a trip to Dallas, make sure you leave time in your schedule to check out some of the city’s world-famous museums. Some must-visits include The Sixth Floor Museum (that commemorates the assassination of John F. Kennedy), the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

If you want some fresh air and a feast to the eyes, you must visit the remarkable Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, which boasts one of the best botanical collections in the entire country. And if you are after some tasty grub and good people watching, then head to Stone Street Gardens, a row of restaurants located on a charming red brick strip surrounded with tons of greenery.

Both the main train station in Dallas, the Eddie Bernice Johnson Union Station, and the main bus station are located in the heart of the city’s downtown historic district just a few blocks away from each other. That makes it super convenient to travel to Dallas from various places in Texas and the rest of the U.S. or Mexico. The stations’ central location also allows for an easy transfer to and from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport that is located pretty far outside the city.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Main departure station: 3501 S California Ave

Buses to Dallas leave from 4 stations in Chicago.

All bus stations in Chicago:

  • 3501 S California Ave

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

  • Chicago Train Station Bus Stop

  • Dan Ryan Bus Station

Where does the bus arrive in Dallas?

Bus Terminal - 205 S Lamar St - DALGLI-0

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Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 205 S Lamar St

The Dallas Greyhound Station is a bustling departure point for nearly 350 bus trips each day. Via Greyhound and Amtrak buses, passengers can make their way to major in-state cities like Houston, San Antonio, and Austin, and even travel as far north as Toronto. There is a Pizza Hut Express and coffee shops within the station and, thanks to its central location in Dallas’ historic downtown, the Greyhound station is within a half-mile of over 20 additional dining choices. Travelers can easily connect to train service in Dallas, with a quick walk to Amtrak’s Eddie Bernice Johnson Union Station a few blocks away.

All bus stations in Dallas:

  • Bus Terminal - 205 S Lamar St

  • 535 E Jefferson Blvd

  • Tornado Bus Station - 8630 E RL Thornton Fwy

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