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Journey Information

Indianapolis to Chicago bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$21.00
Shortest Duration3h 15m
Trips per day18
Bus lines4

Indianapolis to Chicago Route Map

Indianapolis Chicago

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Indianapolis to Chicago?

An average train ticket from Indianapolis to Chicago costs around $41. The only Amtrak line that covers this route is the Amtrak Cardinal, with a typical travel time of about 5 hours.

What is the best way to get from Indianapolis to Chicago?

The best way to get from Indianapolis to Chicago is by bus. Costing as little as $4.99 per ticket, the bus is both less expensive and usually faster than the train. A flight is technically faster, but with an average cost between $170 and $250 for a nonstop ticket and the additional time required for security, it’s probably not worth it.

Is Indy to Chicago a good day-trip?

Indianapolis to Chicago is a reasonable day-trip if you’re ready for a long day. The fastest bus takes around 3 hours 15 minutes. With over 35 daily buses going in each direction, however, you can arrive in Chicago as early as 6:55 a.m. and leave as late as 11:59 p.m., giving you plenty of time to explore Chicago.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Indianapolis to Chicago right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

How much is a bus ticket from Indianapolis to Chicago?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $26.76 was the low point for bus fares from Indianapolis to Chicago. Buses from Chicago to Indianapolis are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $26.76 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 24 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $16.53 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 4 hours and 55 minutes to cover the 165 miles (265 kilometers) from Indianapolis, IN to Chicago, IL. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 15 minutes. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the bus.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Indianapolis to Chicago for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, 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 Chicago, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Indianapolis?

The first bus leaves at 3:00am and the last bus leaves at 7:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Indianapolis to Chicago, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 18 scheduled buses that travel from Indianapolis to Chicago every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 9 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 Indianapolis to Chicago; ticket prices start at $23.00.

What bus companies travel from Indianapolis to Chicago?

There are 4 bus lines from Indianapolis, Indiana to Chicago, Illinois. With 10 daily trips, Miller Transportation 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 Thruway14h 15m$24.82
Greyhound74h 49m$28.63
Miller Transportation105h 12m$41.92
OurBus13h 50m$31.88

Where does the bus leave from in Indianapolis?

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

  • 350 S Illinois St
  • Intl Airport - Zone 1 Ground Transp Ctr
  • E Washington St btwn Delaware St & N Alabama St
  • E Washington St btwn Delaware St & N Alabama St

Where does the bus arrive in Chicago?

Buses arrive in Chicago at 6 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Chicago, Illinois:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave
  • Canal St btwn W Jackson Blvd and W Van Buren St
  • Canal St btwn W Jackson Blvd and W Van Buren St

Price trends for buses from Indianapolis to Chicago

Average prices by travel date

$45$30$15NovDec

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

$50$40$30$20$103020100

bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Indianapolis, IN to Chicago, IL
4.7
Based on 22 ratings and reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 67 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
4.2
Value
4.0
Condition
4.0
Charity
4.0
November 27, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Quiet, comfortable, good driverQuiet, comfortable, good driver
Cons
reading lights didn't work; no seatbelt on one bus; not sure why my return trip left from 95th and Dan Ryan, which had no indoor place to wait or available bathrooms. Alos the bus left 10 minutes before scheduled time. I was there, but was not expecting bus to leave e...reading lights didn't work; no seatbelt on one bus; not sure why my return trip left from 95th and Dan Ryan, which had no indoor place to wait or available bathrooms. Alos the bus left 10 minutes before scheduled time. I was there, but was not expecting bus to leave early. Wifi said it was connected, but didn't work.More
Tips
Better be there early--bus leaves before it's scheduled to go. Better be there early--bus leaves before it's scheduled to go.
Thierry
4.0
September 9, 2019Solo travel
Cons
Les information sur l'adresse exacte du point de départ et du point d'arrivé.Les information sur l'adresse exacte du point de départ et du point d'arrivé.
Robert
5.0
August 3, 2019Visiting family
Pros
It was a short trip. Good timingIt was a short trip. Good timing
Kali
4.0
June 18, 2019Vacation
Pros
Easy, new experience, do worry about driving or stopping for breaks.Easy, new experience, do worry about driving or stopping for breaks.
Cons
NANA
Tips
NANA

Based on 5 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Megabus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 25 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
4.4
Value
4.2
Condition
4.4
Reuben
5.0
January 2, 2020Visiting friends
Pros
Trip arrived 25 mins early! Smooth, and a great deal. Trip arrived 25 mins early! Smooth, and a great deal.
Cons
I mean the seat was a little cramped. But for ten bucks I really can’t complain I mean the seat was a little cramped. But for ten bucks I really can’t complain
Drew
5.0
June 22, 2019Business
Pros
Smoothness.Smoothness.
Cons
Interaction with other city transportation.Interaction with other city transportation.
Tips
Great place to get taken care of..Great place to get taken care of..

Based on 12 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with OurBus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 67 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.7
Staff
4.8
Value
4.7
Condition
5.0
Erica
5.0
December 20, 2019Solo travel
Pros
The ride was smoove and comfortable. The bus was very clean. The driver made sure she explained everything in detail and made everyone feel safeThe ride was smoove and comfortable. The bus was very clean. The driver made sure she explained everything in detail and made everyone feel safe
Cons
somewhere warm people can wait for the bussomewhere warm people can wait for the bus
Tips
They should book with you guys! They won't be disappointed!!!They should book with you guys! They won't be disappointed!!!
Edouard
5.0
November 8, 2019Vacation
Pros
Cheap with good quality Cheap with good quality
Cons
Nothing Nothing
Tips
Follow correctly the instructions Follow correctly the instructions
Karli
5.0
November 3, 2019Vacation
Pros
Taking the bus was great for both of us to enjoy the journey rather than one driving and one riding. I was happy I didn't have to hassle with tolls or parking. It was very convenient.Taking the bus was great for both of us to enjoy the journey rather than one driving and one riding. I was happy I didn't have to hassle with tolls or parking. It was very convenient.
Kim
5.0
September 2, 2019Vacation
Pros
All was great!!All was great!!
Rosemarie
4.0
August 24, 2019
Cons
Internet was not available !!!!Internet was not available !!!!

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