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Bus Route Overview: Indianapolis to Cincinnati

There are 4 intercity buses per day from Indianapolis to Cincinnati. Traveling by bus from Indianapolis to Cincinnati usually takes around 5 hours and 46 minutes, but the fastest Barons Bus Lines bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 5 minutes.

Distance99 mi (160 km)
Shortest duration3h 5m
Cheapest price$10.00
Trips per day1
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines2

How much is a bus ticket from Indianapolis to Cincinnati?

The average price for a bus ticket to Cincinnati is $10.00, This is a superb deal on a bus trip, one of the best that we have seen. Wanderu ensures that you find great deals on bus tickets everytime, we search all of the best bus options to present you the lowest prices available from our partner carriers.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Indianapolis to Cincinnati is expected to range from $30 to $41. If you are looking to travel to Cincinnati within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $35. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $30 and can be found on July 18, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in May. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $24 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Indianapolis to Cincinnati in November, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $30 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 26 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $55.00 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Indianapolis to Cincinnati?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Indianapolis to Cincinnati that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 2 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Barons Bus Lines24h 43m$17.43
Greyhound26h 30m$46.74
  • Barons Bus Lines

    Barons Bus Lines

    Barons Bus Lines is a ground transportation company that serves various cities across the Midwest. The company follows through on its slogan of "ride like royalty" with a fleet of modern coaches boasting enhanced amenities such as free Wi-Fi, power outlets, ADA accessible steps, and spacious bathrooms. With a reputation for skilled drivers, top-notch safety, and stellar customer service, it's no wonder Barons Bus won the 2022 Wanderu Passengers' Choice Award for #1 Business Travelers' Favorite.

  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    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 2 bus trips from Indianapolis to Cincinnati every day, with the average journey taking around 6 hours and 30 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Cincinnati usually start from $38.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Indianapolis to Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati?

The bus takes an average of 5 hours and 46 minutes to cover the 99 miles from Indianapolis to Cincinnati. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 5 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, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Indianapolis?

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Indianapolis to Cincinnati, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus schedules are there most days?

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Indianapolis to Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati; ticket prices start at $25.00.

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.

Cincinnati

A city famous for its idyllic beauty and quaint quarters, Cincinnati is the destination for tourists who wish to stay away from a large crowd. On a bright sunny day in Cincinnati, head over to Eden Park. Encompassing over 183 acres of green space and tree groves, the park lives up to its name, and there are some scenic ponds where you can unwind as well as take a few amazing pictures. Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum might sound like a scary place to visit, but its tranquility and amazing landscape design, which was ahead of its time, will make it worth the while to check it out. For those who still crave some liveliness, watching a game at the Great American Ball Park, home of the oldest professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds, will be an unforgettable experience.

Cincinnati features a very diverse food scene in spite of its German roots. If you are looking to try out some refreshing Mediterranean dishes, head over to Abigail Street, one of the local favorites. For authentic German dishes, the door at Mecklenburg Gardens welcomes you.

There’s not a central bus station in the city, as each of the different bus carriers serving Cincinnati operates out of a different location. The principal Amtrak train station is the Union Terminal on Western Ave. Cincinnati is served by Amtrak’s Cardinal line. The city’s main airport is the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, which is located in Hebron, Kentucky.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Indianapolis?

Indianapolis, IN - Indianapolis Union Station (350 S Illinois St) - INDAMT-0

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Main departure station: 350 S Illinois St

Union Station at 350 S Illinois St in Indianapolis is a major train and bus station which serves the Amtrak Cardinal, and bus carriers including Greyhound, Jefferson Lines, Miller Transportation, and Burlington Trailways. The modern station is located directly south of the historic 1888 Union Station, which now houses a hotel, several restaurants, and a wedding venue. Union Station is in the Wholesale District of downtown Indianapolis, within walking distance to eateries and hotels. There is even an underground, climate-controlled walkway from the station to the nearby Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, home to the Indianapolis Colts.

All bus stations in Indianapolis:

  • 350 S Illinois St

Where does the bus arrive in Cincinnati?

1005 Gilbert Ave  - CINGLI-0

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Main arrival station: 1005 Gilbert Ave

The Cincinnati Greyhound Bus Station on Gilbert Ave is the main bus transportation center in Cincinnati. Locals and regional travelers pass through the station with frequent routes to major cities including Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Louisville, and Dallas. Greyhound and Barons Bus Lines operate bus service from Cincinnati. The station includes restrooms and an on-site restaurant for grabbing a meal while waiting to board the bus. The Hard Rock Cafe and Hard Rock Casino are right next door to the station, and several parking lots and additional restaurants are available in the nearby Central Business District of Cincinnati.

All bus stations in Cincinnati:

  • 1005 Gilbert Ave

  • Univ of Cincinnati

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