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Journey Information

There are 46 intercity buses per day from New York to Chicago. Traveling by bus from New York to Chicago usually takes around 26 hours and 51 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 21 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance711 mi (1144 km)
Shortest duration21h 45m
Cheapest price$38.47
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from New York to Chicago

(Based on 11 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

Trevis

August 16, 2022- Solo travel

Greyhound

Pros: Immunization Owner traveling. Cons: More Space, Better stops and longer time at stop to rest. 10 minutes 30 minutes not enough. Tips: No.

5.0

Oscar

July 21, 2022- Solo travel

Greyhound

Pros: Excellent service. Cons: All perfect. Tips: Nice transportation, always on time.

5.0

Kadida

February 21, 2020- Vacation

Greyhound

It’s was very good

4.0

Ashley

January 24, 2020- Business

Greyhound

WiFi access

5.0

Bria

December 23, 2019- Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: Quick and affordable. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Nope.

New York to Chicago Route Map

New York Chicago

How much is a bus ticket from New York to Chicago?

Bus tickets for a trip from New York to Chicago cost $98.75 on average. While it’s a bit pricey for a bus ticket, it’s still significantly more cost-effective than flying. 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

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If you're planning to travel by bus from New York to Chicago in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $98 to $159. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on August 14, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to Chicago this week, bus tickets are available starting at $107.

Monthly avg. prices

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If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from New York to Chicago, mark your calendar for June. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just $143. However, taking the bus from New York to Chicago during December is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of $173. The best way to find deals on a trip in December is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

Prices as travel date approaches

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To save money on bus tickets, buy them as early as possible. Bus carriers usually charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel. Book your ticket at least 28 days in advance to save up to $182.06.

What bus companies travel from New York to Chicago?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from New York to Chicago that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, FlixBus US usually offers more choice, with 24 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US241d 5h 33m$175.57
Greyhound221d 1h 5m$153.89
  • 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 24 trips per day from New York 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 22 bus trips from New York to Chicago every day, with the average journey taking around 25 hours and 5 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Chicago usually start from $38.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 26 hours and 51 minutes to cover the 711 miles from New York to Chicago. However, the fastest bus only takes 21 hours and 45 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.

With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for bus travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded buses to Chicago, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

The first bus leaves at 1:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from New York to Chicago, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 46 scheduled buses that travel from New York 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 New York to Chicago; ticket prices start at $101.00.

City Information

New York

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New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world for a reason – it offers numerous opportunities for a great time to visitors of all ages and interests. For the culturally inclined travelers, the city boasts a unique collection of world-famous museums, as well as the chance to see the best plays and musicals that Broadway has to offer, or check out the latest production at the Metropolitan Opera. If sightseeing is your cardio, NYC is the place to be – just by walking around town, you can visit such iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Times Square. Or hop on a ferry to Ellis Island to meet the Statue of Liberty up-close and personal.

NYC’s five boroughs feature more than 1,700 parks, including the gorgeous Central Park, making it one of the best cities for outdoor activities in the country. As for the nightlife, there’s no argument that New York City is the biggest party hub in the U.S.

With three major bus and train stations in Manhattan alone – Port Authority, Grand Central & Penn Station – and three nearby airports, NYC is one of the predominant travel hubs in the world. If you are ever looking to get out of town, NYC is centrally connected throughout the state and region, you can easily hop on a train to Albany to go explore upstate New York.

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 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 New York?

Main departure station: Port Authority - 625 8th Ave

Buses to Chicago leave from 7 stations in New York.

All bus stations in New York:

  • Port Authority - 625 8th Ave

  • 300-310 W 31 St (SW Corner of 31st & 8th Ave)

  • Chinatown - 28 Allen St (eastside b/w Hester and Canal St)

  • GW Bridge Bus Station

  • 47 Chrystie St

  • 7-11 - Jd Foods

  • 145 Canal St

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

  • Chicago Train Station Bus Stop

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

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