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Cincinnati - Louisville Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 4 intercity buses per day from Cincinnati to Louisville. Traveling by bus from Cincinnati to Louisville usually takes around 2 hours and 33 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in just one hour and 40 minutes.

Distance89 mi (144 km)
Shortest duration1h 40m
Cheapest price$23.00
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines1

How much is a bus ticket from Cincinnati to Louisville?

$27.11 is the average price of a bus ticket from Cincinnati to Louisville. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. 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

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Cincinnati to Louisville is expected to range from $26 to $37. If you are looking to travel to Louisville within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $26. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $26 and can be found on May 24, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Cincinnati to Louisville by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $28 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches

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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 26 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $12.98 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Cincinnati to Louisville?

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

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound42h 34m$30.60
  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    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 4 bus trips from Cincinnati to Louisville every day, with the average journey taking around 2 hours and 34 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Louisville usually start from $23.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Cincinnati to Louisville 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 long is the bus ride from Cincinnati to Louisville?

The bus takes an average of 2 hours and 33 minutes to cover the 89 miles from Cincinnati to Louisville. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 40 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. 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?

Because many passengers travel from Cincinnati to Louisville 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, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Cincinnati?

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

How many buses are there each day?

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Cincinnati to Louisville every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 2 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Cincinnati to Louisville; ticket prices start at $44.00.

City Information

Cincinnati

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.

Louisville

A mecca for fans of sports, Louisville holds the honor of being the birthplace of many sports legends. Even non-sports fans should not miss out on the Muhammad Ali Center, where tourists can learn more about the life and legacy of the legendary boxer. Aside from permanent galleries dedicated to the boxer himself, the museum also features temporary exhibitions on topics such as race and gender equality. Another top highlight from the city is Churchill Downs, where the famous Kentucky Derby is hosted. Contrary to what people might imagine, the racing track is actually quite idyllic, and if there is one place you must visit in Louisville, this is probably the one. If you are looking for a unique experience, head towards the Louisville Mega Cavern. This cavern system was created out of a 19th-century limestone quarry and it features the world’s only underground zip line course.

Three things dominate the food scene in Louisville: barbecue, bourbon, and mint juleps. Some local favorites are Mark’s Feed Store and Feast BBQ. If you are looking for the finest bourbon, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is certainly a good call.

The central bus station in Louisville is the Bus Terminal on W Muhammad Ali Blvd, connecting the city with near and far destinations such as Cincinnati, Chicago and Nashville. There are no train tracks that run through the city. However, the city is still a part of Amtrak’s network via the carrier’s Thruway bus line. The Louisville International Airport fulfills air services for the city.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Cincinnati?

1005 Gilbert Ave  - CINGLI-0

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Main departure station: 1005 Gilbert Ave

The Cincinnati Greyhound Bus Station on Gilbert Ave is the main bus transportation center in Cincinnati. Locals and regional travelers pass through the station with frequent routes to major cities including Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Louisville, and Dallas. Greyhound and Barons Bus Lines operate bus service from Cincinnati. The station includes restrooms and an on-site restaurant for grabbing a meal while waiting to board the bus. The Hard Rock Cafe and Hard Rock Casino are right next door to the station, and several parking lots and additional restaurants are available in the nearby Central Business District of Cincinnati.

All bus stations in Cincinnati:

  • 1005 Gilbert Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Louisville?

Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 720 W Muhammad Ali Blvd

The Louisville Bus Terminal, located at 720 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, serves interstate Greyhound bus services. The station is equipped with restrooms, vending machines, and indoor seating. The station also has an adjoining cafeteria in case vending machine snacks aren't enough to satisfy your hunger. In addition, there is also a customer service and ticket kiosk where station staff can answer any questions you may have. The station is located in Downtown Louisville, only a short walk from the city's most exciting amenities and several nearby restaurants and convenience stores.

All bus stations in Louisville:

  • Bus Terminal - 720 W Muhammad Ali Blvd

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