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Journey Information

There are 8 intercity buses per day from Grand Rapids to Chicago. Traveling by bus from Grand Rapids to Chicago usually takes around 8 hours and 47 minutes, but the fastest Indian Trails bus can make the trip in 4 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance125 mi (201 km)
Shortest duration4h 20m
Cheapest price$35.00
Most frequent serviceIndian Trails
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Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Grand Rapids to Chicago

(Based on 7 ratings and reviews)




January 5, 2020- Business

Indian Trails

Driver will very knowledgeable and willing to share that with passengers. While her jokes were lame she did give us a disclaimer that stated that fact. Great driver service. Perhaps the best driver I’ve experienced as a 50yr old.

Driver will very knowledgeable and willing to share that with passengers. While her jokes were lame she did give us a disclaimer that stated that fact. Great driver service. Perhaps the best driver I’ve experienced as a 50yr old.



December 20, 2019

Indian Trails

my trip was great. Thank you we loved it

my trip was great. Thank you we loved it



June 9, 2019- Business

Indian Trails

Pros: Got read as I made my way to Chicago. Cons: Need more room, seat was cramped and I am pretty average in size.

Pros: Got read as I made my way to Chicago. Cons: Need more room, seat was cramped and I am pretty average in size.

Grand Rapids to Chicago Route Map

Grand Rapids Chicago

How much is a bus ticket from Grand Rapids to Chicago?

Typically $36.63 is the average price you should expect to pay for a bus ticket to Chicago. At this price a bus trip is a cheap way to travel from Grand Rapids to Chicago. 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


Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Grand Rapids to Chicago is expected to range from $37 to $45. If you are looking to travel to Chicago within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $37. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $37 and can be found on July 13, 2022.

Monthly average prices


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 $51 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Grand Rapids to Chicago in February, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $62 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


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 27 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $22.16 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Grand Rapids to Chicago?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Grand Rapids to Chicago. Indian Trails connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Indian Trails88h 48m$43.69
  • Indian Trails

    Indian Trails

    Indian Trails was established in 1910 to provide intercity bus service in the Midwest, and today is one of the most essential ground travel operators in the region. Indian Trails’ modern fleet consists of well-maintained buses with near-zero emissions. Passengers are treated to comfortable seats with footrests, free WiFi, USB outlets, and individual air conditioning controls. The carrier operates 8 trips each day from Grand Rapids to Chicago, and makes the journey in about 8 hours and 48 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Grand Rapids 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.

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 Grand Rapids to Chicago?

The bus takes an average of 8 hours and 47 minutes to cover the 125 miles from Grand Rapids to Chicago. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 20 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, Saturday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Saturday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Grand Rapids?

The first bus leaves at 2:00pm and the last bus leaves at 5:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Grand Rapids to Chicago, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus schedules are there most days?

There are 8 scheduled buses that travel from Grand Rapids to Chicago every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Grand Rapids to Chicago; ticket prices start at $35.00.

City Information

Grand Rapids

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Blessed with unspoiled nature and a blossoming art scene, Grand Rapids is the perfect destination to enjoy a quick weekend getaway. To fully enjoy the vast swath of rolling hills and orchards the city has to offer, head towards Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery, where you can pick apples like a local and enjoy delicious regional wines. This location also features apple products such as apple ciders and apple pies, making it a true haven for foodies. If you wish to explore the historical values and heritage of the city, check out the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, which features plenty of memorabilia of the former president. For even more local produce, head to the Downtown Market.

Due to its proximity to nature, Grand Rapids offers the freshest local home-cooked dishes. Some notable local favorites include The Sovengard, which makes Scandinavian dishes using local ingredients, and, an upscale establishment that offers French-inspired dishes similarly featuring local produce.

Grand Rapids includes bus and train service throughout the Midwest and beyond. The nearest airport is the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, located 9.4 miles from the city center.


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 Grand Rapids?

Main departure station: Rapid Central Station - 250 Grandville Ave SW

Built in 2004, Rapid Central Station is Grand Rapids' main bus station for carriers, including Greyhound and Indian Trails. It is also where virtually all local bus services stop, connecting passengers across Grand Rapids. The station has an expansive lobby, waiting area, vending machines, and an Information Center. There is a bar and coffee shop down the block, and the Amtrak train station is only a 5-minute walk south.

All bus stations in Grand Rapids:

  • Rapid Central Station - 250 Grandville Ave SW

  • Vernon J. Ehlers Station

Where does the bus arrive in Chicago?

Main arrival station: Dan Ryan Bus Station

Buses arrive in Chicago at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Chicago:

  • Dan Ryan Bus Station

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

  • Union Station

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