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Cincinnati to Chicago bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$1.00
Shortest Duration5h 40m
Trips per day20
bus carriers4
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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Cincinnati to Chicago
4.5
Based on 6 reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
2.0
Staff
4.0
Value
4.0
Condition
1.0
Arslan
2.0
June 4, 2019Vacation
Pros
the cleanliness of the toilet and a bad smell of peet
Cons
The cleanliness of the toilet and a very bad smell of pee.
Tips
Yes may be

Based on 4 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Megabus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 25 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.3
Staff
5.0
Value
4.8
Condition
4.8
Elena
5.0
November 3, 2019Business
Pros
Fast and really good deal
Cons
Put WiFi code on the window
Tips
It’s affordable, fast and convenient
Evan
5.0
October 25, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Marvelous mix of kind souls!
Cons
WiFi & USB ports fell short of expectations
Tips
Smiles make miles seem like seconds
Alissa
5.0
July 12, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Was my first time traveling by bus to Chicago. Was pretty easy and love that drop off is right downtown!
Cons
A little more leg room
Tips
Great way to go to Chicago!

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
5.0
Value
5.0
Condition
5.0
Benjamin
5.0
December 1, 2019Vacation
Pros
Best bus trip experience in awhile!
Cons
WiFi was password protected with no password posted anywhere
Tips
Recommend ourBus over megabus/greyhound based on this trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a bus ticket from Cincinnati to Chicago cost?

Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average bus fares from Cincinnati to Chicago were $24.82.

The best way to find cheap bus tickets from Cincinnati to Chicago is by booking earlier as most bus companies increase the price as the departure date approaches. By booking 27 days out, tickets are on average $9.28 cheaper than those that are booked last minute.

How long is the bus ride from Cincinnati to Chicago?

The distance between Cincinnati and Chicago is approximately 252.30 miles, or 405.93 kilometers. The average travel time for a bus between these two cities is around 6 hours and 46 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 40 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 Cincinnati to Chicago?

The busiest time of the week for travel from Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati to Chicago?

On average there are 20 scheduled bus trips per day. Greyhound has the most regularly scheduled departures from Cincinnati to Chicago, with an average of 9.683 trips per day and 145.25 monthly trips. 4 bus carriers serve the route from Cincinnati to Chicago. Of the 20 trips there are 9 trips that are direct connections to Chicago.

Need more travel options? Train tickets from Cincinnati to Chicago start at $42.00.

4 carriers offer Cincinnati to Chicago bus trips

Barons Bus Lines

Book Barons Bus Lines from Cincinnati to Chicago from $28.00. There are 3.15 trips per day offered by Barons Bus Lines from Cincinnati to Chicago and you can expect on average to pay $35.72 for a Barons Bus Lines ticket to Chicago. In Cincinnati, Barons Bus Lines departs to Chicago from Univ of Cinc - 2815 Commons Way and one other station. In Chicago, Barons Bus Lines arrives at Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St,

An average trip on Barons Bus Lines from Cincinnati to Chicago takes 10 hours and 7 minutes, while the fastest available Barons Bus Lines trip will get you to Chicago in 5 hours and 40 minutes,

On weekends, Barons Bus Lines offers 3.125 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $38.01 for a weekend trip to Chicago.

Avg. Time
10h 7m
Avg. Price
$35.72

Greyhound

Book Greyhound from Cincinnati to Chicago from $26.00. There are 9.683333 trips per day offered by Greyhound from Cincinnati to Chicago and you can expect on average to pay $29.03 for a Greyhound ticket to Chicago. In Cincinnati, Greyhound departs to Chicago from Bus Terminal - 1005 Gilbert Ave, In Chicago, Greyhound arrives at Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St and 3 other stations.

An average trip on Greyhound from Cincinnati to Chicago takes 9 hours and 0 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Chicago in 5 hours and 40 minutes,

On weekends, Greyhound offers 8.9375 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $30.36 for a weekend trip to Chicago.

Avg. Time
9h 0m
Avg. Price
$29.03

Megabus

Book Megabus from Cincinnati to Chicago from $1.00. There are 6 trips per day offered by Megabus from Cincinnati to Chicago and you can expect on average to pay $24.54 for a Megabus ticket to Chicago. In Cincinnati, Megabus departs to Chicago from Parking lot - 691 Gest St and one other station. In Chicago, Megabus arrives at W Polk St. btwn S Clinton St and S Canal St,

An average trip on Megabus from Cincinnati to Chicago takes 5 hours and 57 minutes, while the fastest available Megabus trip will get you to Chicago in 5 hours and 40 minutes,

On weekends, Megabus offers 6 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $27.44 for a weekend trip to Chicago.

Avg. Time
5h 57m
Avg. Price
$24.54

Amtrak Thruway

Book Amtrak Thruway from Cincinnati to Chicago from $43.00. Typically there is one Amtrak Thruway schedule per day from Cincinnati to Chicago and you can expect on average to pay $43.00 for a Amtrak Thruway ticket to Chicago. In Cincinnati, Amtrak Thruway departs to Chicago from Bus Terminal - 1005 Gilbert Ave, In Chicago, Amtrak Thruway arrives at Union Station - 225 S Canal St,

An average trip on Amtrak Thruway from Cincinnati to Chicago takes 6 hours and 40 minutes, while the fastest available Amtrak Thruway trip will get you to Chicago in 5 hours and 40 minutes,

On weekends, Amtrak Thruway offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay $43.00 for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to Chicago.

Avg. Time
6h 40m
Avg. Price
$43.00

Plan your next adventure

There are 3 stations you could depart from, depending on the bus line you travel with. Most bus trips to Chicago will depart from these stations in Cincinnati:
  • Bus Terminal - 1005 Gilbert Ave
  • Univ of Cinc - 2815 Commons Way
  • Parking lot - 691 Gest St
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 Cincinnati:
  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • W Polk St. btwn S Clinton St and S Canal St
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave

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