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Bus Trip Information: Ann Arbor to Chicago

There are 12 intercity buses per day from Ann Arbor to Chicago. Traveling by bus from Ann Arbor to Chicago usually takes around 7 hours, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 4 hours and 10 minutes.

Distance201 mi (324 km)
Shortest duration4h 10m
Cheapest price$24.99
Trips per day8
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines4

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Ann Arbor to Chicago

(Based on 21 ratings and reviews)




November 6, 2022- Visiting friends


There is not much leg room, so I would highly highly recommend packing light and tagging your bag so you have more space in your seat and your not cramped by your bag.



July 18, 2022- Visiting family




Patricia Ann

April 23, 2021- Visiting family


Cons: Stop so that passengers can stretch and use the bathroom. Tips: Crowded bus. Be careful especially if not vaccinated. The bus station in Chicago was crowded. Harder than I imagined to get an Uber.



February 17, 2020- Visiting family


Pros: The driver was so nice and the bus was nice and new. Cons: The bus could be cleaner.



February 13, 2020- Business


Pros: Left and got there on time. Cons: More seat/leg room.

Ann Arbor to Chicago Route Map

Ann Arbor Chicago

How much is a bus ticket from Ann Arbor to Chicago?

Bus tickets for a trip from Ann Arbor to Chicago cost $35.01 on average. Opting to take a bus is a wallet-friendly way to make this trip. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.

Average prices by travel date


If you're planning to travel by bus from Ann Arbor to Chicago in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $34 to $43. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on September 26, 2023.

If you’re looking to travel to Chicago this week, bus tickets are available starting at $34.

Monthly average prices

Traveling from Ann Arbor to Chicago by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for this route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $32 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches


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 17 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $15.87 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from Ann Arbor to Chicago?

There are 4 bus lines from Ann Arbor to Chicago available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 5 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
Barons Bus Lines111h 30m$82.00
FlixBus US25h 21m$43.64
Greyhound57h 6m$38.96
Indian Trails45h 56m$41.50
  • Book Barons Bus Lines from Ann Arbor to Chicago from $82. Typically there is one Barons Bus Lines schedule per day from Ann Arbor to Chicago and you can expect on average to pay for a Barons Bus Lines ticket to Chicago. In Ann Arbor, Barons Bus Lines departs to Chicago from 325 Depot Street - Transit Station . In Chicago, Barons Bus Lines arrives at Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St .

    An average trip on Barons Bus Lines from Ann Arbor to Chicago takes 11 hours and 30 minutes , while the fastest available Barons Bus Lines trip will get you to Chicago in 4 hours and 10 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 Chicago.

  • 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 2 trips per day from Ann Arbor to Chicago, 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 5 bus trips from Ann Arbor to Chicago every day, with the average journey taking around 7 hours and 6 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Chicago usually start from $25.

  • Book Indian Trails from Ann Arbor to Chicago from $41. There are 4 trips per day offered by Indian Trails from Ann Arbor to Chicago and you can expect on average to pay for a Indian Trails ticket to Chicago. In Ann Arbor, Indian Trails departs to Chicago from 331 S 4th Ave . In Chicago, Indian Trails arrives at 500 S Desplaines St W (btwn Congress & Tilden) and one other station.

    An average trip on Indian Trails from Ann Arbor to Chicago takes 5 hours and 56 minutes , while the fastest available Indian Trails trip will get you to Chicago in 4 hours and 10 minutes .

    On weekends, Indian Trails offers 4 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Chicago.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ann Arbor to Chicago is not an ideal day trip. A one-way ride takes at least 4 hours, which means you’re in for 8 hours of bus travel if you plan to return on the same day. The earliest bus of the day departs around 8:00 a.m., and the latest bus departing Chicago leaves around 11:00 p.m., meaning you could get a max of 9 hours in Chicago if you wanted to go for the day.
Yes, the Amtrak Wolverine travels between Ann Arbor and Chicago. There is only one train per day, and the trip averages about 4.5 hours. Tickets cost around $50.
The best way to travel from Ann Arbor to Chicago is by bus. With 4 bus companies offering 12 daily routes between the cities, there are a lot more options to fit your schedule. It’s also cheaper, with bus tickets averaging around $25 less than train tickets.

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.

The bus takes an average of 7 hours to cover the 201 miles from Ann Arbor to Chicago. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 10 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.

Buses from Ann Arbor to Chicago are the most crowded on Sunday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your bus tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Wednesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Ann Arbor to Chicago, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 12 scheduled buses that travel from Ann Arbor to Chicago every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 8 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 Ann Arbor to Chicago; ticket prices start at $40.00.

City Information

Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is a quirky city filled with interesting secrets for curious travelers. The first thing to do in Ann Arbor is to check out its crown jewel, the University of Michigan. Boasting as many as 30 libraries and more than 16 museums, the university will fulfill every culturally-inclined traveler’s desires with ease. Nature lovers who enjoy a breath of fresh air should consider hopping on the Huron River Water Trail, which offers plenty of opportunities for paddling. Also don’t miss out on a show at the famous Michigan Theater, which offers retro shows and live acts.

Travelers can enjoy an authentic Ann Arbor culinary experience at Kerrytown, a historic quarter in the city. Located there are the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, as well as Zingerman’s Deli, both of which are local favorites.

The Amtrak station at 325 Depot St serves as the city’s main hub for both bus and train travel. From the station you can catch a bus or train to various cities such as Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and beyond. Ann Arbor is served by Amtrak’s Wolverine line. The city’s main airport is the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport.


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 Ann Arbor?

Main departure station: 325 Depot Street - Transit Station

Ann Arbor has two bus stations with service to Chicago.

All bus stations in Ann Arbor:

  • 325 Depot Street - Transit Station

  • 331 S 4th Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Chicago?

Chicago Greyhound Bus Station - CHIGLI3-0

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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

  • 500 S Desplaines St W (btwn Congress & Tilden)

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