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Ann Arbor to Chicago bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$10.00
Shortest Duration4h 25m
Trips per day16
bus carriers2
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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Ann Arbor to Chicago
4.3
Based on 14 reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.3
Staff
3.5
Value
4.0
Condition
4.0
Olivia
4.0
July 6, 2019Solo travel
Pros
It arrived at a good location for my end destination in Chicago
Cons
More comfortable seats

Based on 10 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Megabus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 11 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.8
Staff
4.5
Value
4.0
Condition
4.6
Megan
5.0
February 17, 2020Visiting family
Pros
The driver was so nice and the bus was nice and new
Cons
The bus could be cleaner
Ana
4.0
February 13, 2020Business
Pros
Left and got there on time
Cons
More seat/leg room
Tjhia Lian
4.0
December 26, 2019Vacation
Cons
the WiFi on the bus should be functioned
Josh
5.0
December 12, 2019Couples trip
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The parking overnight system is outdated and hugely inconvenient.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 numbe...More
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 Plan well in advance for that outdated nuisance.
Ian
4.0
November 23, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Quiet and safe driving
Cons
Just comfier seating.
Tips
Bring something to rest your head on.

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.

How much does a bus ticket from Ann Arbor to Chicago cost?

Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average bus fares from Ann Arbor to Chicago were $21.11.

The best way to find cheap bus tickets from Ann Arbor to Chicago is by booking earlier as most bus companies increase the price as the departure date approaches. By booking 24 days out, tickets are on average $9.95 cheaper than those that are booked last minute.

How long is the bus ride from Ann Arbor to Chicago?

The distance between Ann Arbor and Chicago is approximately 201.35 miles, or 323.96 kilometers. The average travel time for a bus between these two cities is around 5 hours and 43 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 25 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most buses are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your bus has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

What is the busiest time to travel by bus from Ann Arbor to Chicago?

The busiest time of the week for travel from Ann Arbor to Chicago by bus is usually on Wednesday. When planning to travel around this time, tickets should be booked well in advance as they may sell out and you may find buses more full than usual. Sunday tends to be when the fewest number of bus tickets are sold. If you’re looking for a little extra space, buses departing at this time are the least likely to be crowded.

What bus companies travel from Ann Arbor to Chicago?

On average there are 16 scheduled bus trips per day. Greyhound has the most regularly scheduled departures from Ann Arbor to Chicago, with an average of 14.3 trips per day and 214.5 monthly trips. 2 bus carriers serve the route from Ann Arbor to Chicago. Of the 16 trips there are 7 trips that are direct connections to Chicago.

Need more travel options? Train tickets from Ann Arbor to Chicago start at $20.00.

2 carriers offer Ann Arbor to Chicago bus trips

Greyhound

Book Greyhound from Ann Arbor to Chicago from $19.00. There are 14.3 trips per day offered by Greyhound from Ann Arbor to Chicago and you can expect on average to pay $24.76 for a Greyhound ticket to Chicago. In Ann Arbor, Greyhound departs to Chicago from 325 Depot St - Amtrak Station, In Chicago, Greyhound arrives at Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St and 3 other stations.

An average trip on Greyhound from Ann Arbor to Chicago takes 6 hours and 43 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Chicago in 4 hours and 25 minutes,

On weekends, Greyhound offers 13.875 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $26.76 for a weekend trip to Chicago.

Avg. Time
6h 43m
Avg. Price
$24.76

Megabus

Book Megabus from Ann Arbor to Chicago from $10.00. There are 2 trips per day offered by Megabus from Ann Arbor to Chicago and you can expect on average to pay $24.23 for a Megabus ticket to Chicago. In Ann Arbor, Megabus departs to Chicago from Briarwood Mall - Parking Lot Pole 15, In Chicago, Megabus arrives at W Polk St. btwn S Clinton St and S Canal St,

An average trip on Megabus from Ann Arbor to Chicago takes 4 hours and 30 minutes, while the fastest available Megabus trip will get you to Chicago in 4 hours and 25 minutes,

On weekends, Megabus offers 2 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $29.48 for a weekend trip to Chicago.

Avg. Time
4h 30m
Avg. Price
$24.23

Plan your next adventure

There are 2 stations you could depart from, depending on the bus line you travel with. Most bus trips to Chicago will depart from these stations in Ann Arbor:
  • 325 Depot St - Amtrak Station
  • Briarwood Mall - Parking Lot Pole 15
Buses arrive in Chicago at 5 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Chicago for trips arriving from Ann Arbor:
  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave
  • W Polk St. btwn S Clinton St and S Canal St

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