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Journey Information

New York to Chicago bus - cost & duration

Cheapest priceCA$90.85
Shortest Duration20h 55m
Trips per day16
Bus lines1

New York to Chicago Route Map

New York Chicago

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from New York 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 much is a bus ticket from New York to Chicago?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, CA$90.85 was the low point for bus fares from New York to Chicago. Buses from Chicago to New York are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than CA$90.85 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 20 days in advance. By doing so, you could save CA$70.32 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 24 hours and 5 minutes to cover the 711 miles (1144 kilometers) from New York, NY to Chicago, IL. However, the fastest bus only takes 20 hours and 55 minutes. 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?

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Chicago at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, 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 New York?

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

How many buses are there each day?

There are 16 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 CA$113.56.

What bus companies travel from New York to Chicago?

There is one bus company that operates from New York to Chicago. Greyhound is the only company that connects the two cities by bus. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled buses per day, so travelers still have a good amount of choice and flexibility.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound161d 0h 6mCA$118.41

Book Greyhound from New York to Chicago from CA$91. There are 16 trips per day offered by Greyhound from New York to Chicago and you can expect on average to pay CA$118 for a Greyhound ticket to Chicago. In New York, Greyhound departs to Chicago from Port Authority Bus Station and one other station. In Chicago, Greyhound arrives at Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St and 3 other stations. An average trip on Greyhound from New York to Chicago takes 24 hours and 6 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Chicago in 20 hours and 55 minutes, On weekends, Greyhound offers 17 trips per day. A one way ticket costs CA$120 for a weekend trip to Chicago.

Where does the bus leave from in New York?

New York, New York has two bus stations with service to Chicago, Illinois:

  • Port Authority Bus Station
  • GW Bridge Bus Station - 4211 Broadway

Where does the bus arrive in Chicago?

Buses arrive in Chicago at 4 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
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave

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Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from New York, NY to Chicago, IL

(Based on 9 ratings and reviews)




February 21, 2020 - Vacation


It’s was very good It’s was very good



January 24, 2020 - Business


WiFi accessWiFi access



December 23, 2019 - Visiting family


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



December 17, 2019 - Solo travel


No long stay in the middle of it where you have to leave the bus WiFi was not so goodNo long stay in the middle of it where you have to leave the bus WiFi was not so good



December 15, 2019 - Vacation


Very good trip.Very good trip.

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