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Journey Information

There are 6 intercity buses per day from Indianapolis to South Bend. Traveling by bus from Indianapolis to South Bend usually takes around 7 hours and 20 minutes, but the fastest Miller Transportation bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 40 minutes.

Distance132 mi (212 km)
Shortest duration3h 40m
Cheapest price$25.00
Trips per day1
Most frequent serviceMiller Transportation
Bus lines2

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The driver was excellent . Very conscientious. I felt very safe with her at the wheel

The driver was excellent . Very conscientious. I felt very safe with her at the wheel

How much is a bus ticket from Indianapolis to South Bend?

$34.38 is the average price of a bus ticket from Indianapolis to South Bend. 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

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Indianapolis to South Bend is expected to range from $33 to $36. If you are looking to travel to South Bend within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $34. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $33 and can be found on June 1, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Indianapolis to South Bend by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $42 whenever you decide to travel.

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 15 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $8.89 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Indianapolis to South Bend?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Indianapolis to South Bend that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Miller Transportation usually offers more choice, with 5 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Barons Bus Lines17h 45m$30.66
Miller Transportation57h 16m$36.80
  • Barons Bus Lines

    Barons Bus Lines

    Book Barons Bus Lines from Indianapolis to South Bend from $25. Typically there is one Barons Bus Lines schedule per day from Indianapolis to South Bend and you can expect on average to pay for a Barons Bus Lines ticket to South Bend. In Indianapolis, Barons Bus Lines departs to South Bend from 350 S Illinois St . In South Bend, Barons Bus Lines arrives at 100 W S St .

    An average trip on Barons Bus Lines from Indianapolis to South Bend takes 7 hours and 45 minutes , while the fastest available Barons Bus Lines trip will get you to South Bend in 3 hours and 40 minutes .

    On weekends, Barons Bus Lines offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to South Bend.

  • 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 Indianapolis to South Bend usually lasts 7 hours and 16 minutes on Miller Transportation, and ticket prices start at $25.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Indianapolis to South Bend 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 Indianapolis to South Bend?

The bus takes an average of 7 hours and 20 minutes to cover the 132 miles from Indianapolis to South Bend. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 40 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?

With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for bus travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

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 South Bend, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus trips to South Bend are there per day?

There are 6 scheduled buses that travel from Indianapolis to South Bend every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. However, only one of these is a direct bus. With direct service, you do not have to transfer onto a different bus at any point during your trip. Direct buses also tend to be significantly faster, which is worth bearing in mind as you compare the available options.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Indianapolis to South Bend; ticket prices start at $39.00.

City Information

Indianapolis

Indianapolis, or often referred to as just Indy, is the capital and largest city in the state of Indiana. While the city attracts thousands of visitors from the area every month, it is during Memorial Day weekend that Indianapolis becomes the place to be for over 300,000 race car fans from all over the globe. The reason for that is the Indianapolis 500, an annual automobile race and the world’s largest single day sporting event, taking place at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

If you’re not in Indianapolis for Memorial Day weekend, you can learn about the race and see a rare collection of 500 Indy race vehicles and memorabilia at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. And while you’re on a history streak, stop by at one of the many war memorials found throughout the city, like the Soldiers and Sailors monument, the World War II memorial, and the Indiana War Memorial where you must check out the Shrine Room for a stunning one-of-a-kind experience.

Over the past few years, Indianapolis has also been cultivating a vibrant restaurant scene, offering classic American dishes made with ingredients from local farmers, and a growing selection of international cuisine. If you’re a beer fan, you will be happy to know that Indianapolis has some of the highest quality breweries in the U.S.

Located in the heart of America’s Midwest, Indianapolis offers easy connections by bus and train to other Midwestern hubs like Chicago, Louisville, and Cincinnati, while the conveniently located airport connects Indy with the rest of the world.

South Bend

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South Bend is quite a small city in Indiana, but this town offers plenty of beautiful landmarks and outdoor activities that will keep you captivated. When visiting South Bend, don't miss the Century Center, which not only hosts some of the best exhibitions in town but also boasts a great view towards the nearby St Joseph River, making it a particularly photogenic spot. The North/South Continental Divide is one particular point of interest, just a bit further down the US 20 bypass. Immerse yourself in nature at Shiojiri Niwa, a Japanese garden with more than twenty different large plants.

Though a small town, South Bend still has plenty of great dining options on its plate. For the best locally sourced burgers and a killer view of the river, check out Oaken Bucket Restaurant. If you can splurge a little bit, LaSalle Grill offers some of the finest dishes in town!

South Bend is a convenient location to reach from anywhere in the Midwest, with several bus stations in the city and Amtrak service stopping at a station close to downtown. In addition, South Bend International Airport is very close to the city and offers flights to domestic and international destinations.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Indianapolis?

Main departure station: Intl Airport - Zone 1 Ground Transp Ctr

Indianapolis has two bus stations with service to South Bend.

All bus stations in Indianapolis:

  • Intl Airport - Zone 1 Ground Transp Ctr

  • 350 S Illinois St

Where does the bus arrive in South Bend?

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Main arrival station: 100 W S St

The South Street Station opened in 1998 as a multi-modal transit center. It is located in downtown South Bend across the street from the renovated Coveleski Stadium and Union Station. On average, about 2.2 million people use the station every year. A public transit bus stop located right outside the station connects it to the surrounding areas, including Notre Dame University and the U.P. Mall in downtown South Bend.

All bus stations in South Bend:

  • 100 W S St

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