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Journey Information

Ann Arbor to Chicago bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$24.00
Shortest Duration4h 0m
Trips per day5
Bus lines3

Ann Arbor to Chicago Route Map

Ann Arbor Chicago

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 right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

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

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $29.40 was the low point for bus fares from Ann Arbor to Chicago. Buses from Chicago to Ann Arbor are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $29.40 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 23 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $24.22 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 6 hours and 44 minutes to cover the 201 miles (324 kilometers) from Ann Arbor, MI to Chicago, IL. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours, The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

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

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Chicago. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Ann Arbor?

The first bus leaves at 10:00am and the last bus leaves at 4:00pm. 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 2 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 $32.00.

What bus companies travel from Ann Arbor to Chicago?

There are 3 bus lines from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Chicago, Illinois. 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
Greyhound46h 42m$35.44
Miller Transportation17h 11m$67.94
OurBus14h 0m$38.14

Where does the bus leave from in Ann Arbor?

Ann Arbor, Michigan has two bus stations with service to Chicago, Illinois:

  • 325 Depot St - Amtrak Station
  • E Williams St & S 4th St

Where does the bus arrive in Chicago?

Buses arrive in Chicago at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Chicago, Illinois:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • Canal St btwn W Jackson Blvd and W Van Buren St

Price trends for buses from Ann Arbor to Chicago

Average prices by travel date

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Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Ann Arbor, MI to Chicago, IL
4.3
Based on 14 ratings and 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.

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