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Journey Information

There are 5 intercity buses per day from Ann Arbor to Chicago. Traveling by bus from Ann Arbor to Chicago usually takes around 5 hours and 28 minutes, 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$0.99
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Ann Arbor, MI to Chicago, IL

(Based on 15 ratings and reviews)

4.3

4.0

Patricia Ann

April 23, 2021- Visiting family

Greyhound

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.

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.

5.0

Megan

February 17, 2020- Visiting family

Megabus

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

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

4.0

Ana

February 13, 2020- Business

Megabus

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

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

4.0

Tjhia Lian

December 26, 2019- Vacation

Megabus

the WiFi on the bus should be functioned

the WiFi on the bus should be functioned

5.0

Josh

December 12, 2019- Couples trip

Megabus

Pros: The bus was on time, the driver was friendly and matter of fact, and we arrived on time. Reliability is one of the most important values I can stress when it comes to travel. Cons: The parking overnight system is outdated and hugely inconvenient. I was required t...

Pros: The bus was on time, the driver was friendly and matter of fact, and we arrived on time. Reliability is one of the most important values I can stress when it comes to travel. Cons: The parking overnight system is outdated and hugely inconvenient. I was required to literally seek out a printer and PRINT MY PARKING PERMIT OUT. People don't own printers all that often these days. The system could just capture make and model of the car and plate number to achieve this. I was lucky to find somewhere to print last minute. Tips: If you don't get dropped off and need to park overnight where you get on the bus, the system is a pain to get a parking pass and then PRINT IT OUT (seriously? This is 2019, just use my plate number to check). Plan well in advance for that outdated nuisance.

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Ann Arbor to Chicago Route Map

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

$21.23 is the average price of a bus ticket from Ann Arbor 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

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Ann Arbor to Chicago is expected to range from $26 to $34. If you are looking to travel to Chicago within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $26. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $26 and can be found on October 21, 2021.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in June. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $28 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Ann Arbor to Chicago in March, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $37 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 $20.32 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Ann Arbor to Chicago?

There are 3 bus lines from Ann Arbor to Chicago. With 4 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
FlixBus US14h 10m$20.17
Greyhound45h 44m$30.61
Miller Transportation113h 0m$38.17
  • 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 4 bus trips from Ann Arbor to Chicago every day, with the average journey taking around 5 hours and 44 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Chicago usually start from $23.

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  • 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 Ann Arbor to Chicago usually lasts 13 hours and 0 minutes on Miller Transportation, and ticket prices start at $30.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Ann Arbor to Chicago a good day-trip?

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.

Is there a train from Ann Arbor to Chicago?

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.

What is the best way to travel from Ann Arbor to Chicago?

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.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Ann Arbor 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.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

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?

The bus takes an average of 5 hours and 28 minutes 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.

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

Because many passengers travel from Ann Arbor to Chicago at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, 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 Ann Arbor?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 5:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Ann Arbor to Chicago, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 5 scheduled buses that travel from Ann Arbor to Chicago every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 4 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.

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.

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?

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Departure stations

The Ann Arbor Amtrak Station is located in the downtown area of Ann Arbor at 325 Depot St and handles most of the city’s rail transportation. The station is served by the Wolverine line, which runs from Pontiac to Chicago three times each day. Intercity bus service from Barons Bus Lines, Miller Transportation, and Greyhound also stop at the Depot St station. Metered parking is available on-site, and the station building includes public restrooms and a convenient taxi stand. Several restaurants are in the surrounding area, and if you have time to kill before your train, take a short walk to the scenic Broadway Park along Huron River.

Bus stations in Ann Arbor:

  • 325 Depot Street - Transit Station

Where does the bus arrive in Chicago?

Arrival stations

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Chicago.

Bus stations in Chicago:

  • Canal St

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