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Bus Trip Information: Bloomington to Chicago

There are 8 intercity buses per day from Bloomington to Chicago. Traveling by bus from Bloomington to Chicago usually takes around 6 hours and 51 minutes, but the fastest Miller Transportation bus can make the trip in 4 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance196 mi (316 km)
Shortest duration4h 55m
Cheapest price$29.99
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceMiller Transportation
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Bloomington to Chicago

(Based on 9 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

Jared

July 7, 2019- Visiting family

Miller Transportation

Pros: For my trip from Bloomington, IN to Chicago, it was great. For my trip from Chicago to Bloomington, I had a driver who cursed and yelled at passengers. He threatened to call the cops on the entire bus and he threatened to kick us all off for no reason. I thought ...

Pros: For my trip from Bloomington, IN to Chicago, it was great. For my trip from Chicago to Bloomington, I had a driver who cursed and yelled at passengers. He threatened to call the cops on the entire bus and he threatened to kick us all off for no reason. I thought he was going to get violent. Cons: Fire staff who make customers feel unsafe. Reward those who do their job well.

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4.0

Junyan

July 2, 2019- Business

Miller Transportation

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How much is a bus ticket from Bloomington to Chicago?

$37.00 is the average price of a bus ticket from Bloomington to Chicago. 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

$60$40$20MayJun

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Bloomington to Chicago is expected to range from $43 to $54. If you are looking to travel to Chicago within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $43. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $43 and can be found on June 1, 2022.

Monthly average prices

$75$60$45$30$15JJASONDJFMAM

The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in February. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $44 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Bloomington to Chicago in October, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $54 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

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 $30.86 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Bloomington to Chicago?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Bloomington to Chicago that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Miller Transportation usually offers more choice, with 7 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US15h 0m$36.09
Miller Transportation76h 55m$51.43
  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    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 Bloomington to Chicago, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • 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 Bloomington to Chicago usually lasts 6 hours and 55 minutes on Miller Transportation, and ticket prices start at $32.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The bus takes an average of 6 hours and 51 minutes to cover the 196 miles from Bloomington to Chicago. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 55 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?

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Bloomington?

The first bus leaves at 8:00am and the last bus leaves at 9:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Bloomington to Chicago, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus schedules are there most days?

There are 8 scheduled buses that travel from Bloomington to Chicago every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 2 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Bloomington?

Main departure station: Bloomington Transit Ctr

Bloomington has two bus stations with service to Chicago.

All bus stations in Bloomington:

  • Bloomington Transit Ctr

  • 301 S Walnut St

Where does the bus arrive in Chicago?

Main arrival station: Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

Buses arrive in Chicago at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Chicago:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

  • Dan Ryan Bus Station

  • Canal St

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