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Cincinnati - Chicago Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 4 intercity buses per day from Cincinnati to Chicago. Traveling by bus from Cincinnati to Chicago usually takes around 12 hours and 55 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 11 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance252 mi (406 km)
Shortest duration11h 20m
Cheapest price$27.48
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Cincinnati to Chicago

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)




December 1, 2019- Vacation


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.



November 3, 2019- Business


Pros: Fast and really good deal. Cons: Put WiFi code on the window. Tips: It’s affordable, fast and convenient.



October 25, 2019- Visiting family


Pros: Marvelous mix of kind souls! Cons: WiFi & USB ports fell short of expectations. Tips: Smiles make miles seem like seconds.



July 12, 2019- Visiting 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!

How much is a bus ticket from Cincinnati to Chicago?

Bus tickets for a trip from Cincinnati to Chicago cost $53.44 on average. Tickets cheaper than $53.44 are an excellent bargain. 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


Bus tickets from Cincinnati to Chicago are expected to cost between $56 and $92 over the next four weeks. If you're planning a trip to Chicago within the next week, you can find the cheapest bus tickets starting from $72. Don't wait too long to book your ticket, as prices tend to rise as the travel date approaches.

Monthly avg. prices

Taking the bus from Cincinnati to Chicago is usually cheapest in August, when the average ticket price is only $84. If you're planning to take the bus from Cincinnati to Chicago during January, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $124. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

Prices as travel date approaches


Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices closer to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. To find the cheapest bus tickets, book your trip at least 27 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $62.70 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from Cincinnati to Chicago?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Cincinnati to Chicago that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 2 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Barons Bus Lines214h 54m$108.78
Greyhound211h 33m$71.41
  • Book Barons Bus Lines from Cincinnati to Chicago from $92. There are 2 trips per day offered by Barons Bus Lines from Cincinnati to Chicago and you can expect on average to pay for a Barons Bus Lines ticket to Chicago. In Cincinnati, Barons Bus Lines departs to Chicago from 109 Seventh St W 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 14 hours and 54 minutes , while the fastest available Barons Bus Lines trip will get you to Chicago in 11 hours and 20 minutes .

    On weekends, Barons Bus Lines offers 2 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Chicago.

  • 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 2 bus trips from Cincinnati to Chicago every day, with the average journey taking around 11 hours and 33 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Chicago usually start from $27.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 12 hours and 55 minutes to cover the 252 miles from Cincinnati to Chicago. However, the fastest bus only takes 11 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.

Because many passengers travel from Cincinnati to Chicago at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, 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.

The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00am. To see the times for all buses from Cincinnati to Chicago, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati to Chicago; ticket prices start at $58.00.

City Information


A city famous for its idyllic beauty and quaint quarters, Cincinnati is the destination for tourists who wish to stay away from a large crowd. On a bright sunny day in Cincinnati, head over to Eden Park. Encompassing over 183 acres of green space and tree groves, the park lives up to its name, and there are some scenic ponds where you can unwind as well as take a few amazing pictures. Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum might sound like a scary place to visit, but its tranquility and amazing landscape design, which was ahead of its time, will make it worth the while to check it out. For those who still crave some liveliness, watching a game at the Great American Ball Park, home of the oldest professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds, will be an unforgettable experience.

Cincinnati features a very diverse food scene in spite of its German roots. If you are looking to try out some refreshing Mediterranean dishes, head over to Abigail Street, one of the local favorites. For authentic German dishes, the door at Mecklenburg Gardens welcomes you.

There’s not a central bus station in the city, as each of the different bus carriers serving Cincinnati operates out of a different location. The principal Amtrak train station is the Union Terminal on Western Ave. Cincinnati is served by Amtrak’s Cardinal line. The city’s main airport is the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, which is located in Hebron, Kentucky.


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 Cincinnati?

Main departure station: 109 Seventh St W

Cincinnati has two bus stations with service to Chicago.

All bus stations in Cincinnati:

  • 109 Seventh St W

  • University of Cincinnati - 2985 Short Vine St

Where does the bus arrive in Chicago?

Chicago Greyhound Bus Station - CHIGLI3-0

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Main arrival station: Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Chicago.

All bus stations in Chicago:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

  • Dan Ryan Bus Station

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