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Journey Information

There are 3 intercity buses per day from Philadelphia to Chicago. Traveling by bus from Philadelphia to Chicago usually takes around 20 hours and 9 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 17 hours and 10 minutes.

Distance664 mi (1068 km)
Shortest duration17h 10m
Cheapest price$73.00
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Philadelphia to Chicago

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

4.0

3.0

Gloria

July 16, 2019- Business

Greyhound

Pros: The 2nd bus driver was very nice and helpful! He was very stern & direct about others speaking loudly on the phone, which is nice because no one wants to hear others’ vulgar conversations. Cons: Less smoking breaks in between driving. Tips: A passenger brought a ...

Pros: The 2nd bus driver was very nice and helpful! He was very stern & direct about others speaking loudly on the phone, which is nice because no one wants to hear others’ vulgar conversations. Cons: Less smoking breaks in between driving. Tips: A passenger brought a big black plastic garbage bag as luggage and was not allowed to put it underneath the bus just an FYI.

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How much is a bus ticket from Philadelphia to Chicago?

$83.55 is the average price of a bus ticket from Philadelphia to Chicago. While it’s on the pricier side for a bus ticket, taking the bus is still a cheaper alternative to flying. 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

$105$70$35MayMay

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Philadelphia to Chicago is expected to range from $78 to $104. If you are looking to travel to Chicago within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $82. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $78 and can be found on May 24, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in February. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $65 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Philadelphia to Chicago in November, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $106 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

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 16 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $46.00 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Philadelphia to Chicago?

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

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound320h 10m$90.68
  • 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 3 bus trips from Philadelphia to Chicago every day, with the average journey taking around 20 hours and 10 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Chicago usually start from $73.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How large is Philadelphia?

Philadelphia is Pennsylvania’s largest city, with an area of 141.6 square miles (367 square kilometers). Its city population is 1,584,138 and metro population is 6,096,120.

What’s the fastest bus from Philadelphia to Chicago?

The shortest advertised travel duration by bus from Philadelphia to Chicago is 19 hours by Greyhound. Greyhound offers 10 trips per day on this route.

What time does the earliest bus leave from Philadelphia to Chicago?

The earliest bus from Philadelphia to Chicago departs at 12:00 am on Greyhound. The latest departs at 9:00 pm.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Philadelphia 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 long is the bus ride from Philadelphia to Chicago?

The bus takes an average of 20 hours and 9 minutes to cover the 664 miles from Philadelphia to Chicago. However, the fastest bus only takes 17 hours and 10 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.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Because many passengers travel from Philadelphia 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.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Philadelphia?

The first bus leaves at 3:00am and the last bus leaves at 7:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Philadelphia to Chicago, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 3 scheduled buses that travel from Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia to Chicago; ticket prices start at $87.00.

City Information

Philadelphia

We may feel a little bit more than just brotherly love for Philadelphia, a city steeped in history and culture. Where else can you channel your inner Rocky Balboa on his epic run, and later enjoy an authentic Philly cheesesteak as a reward?

Philadelphia’s affordability (especially compared to other East Coast cities) is just one of many reasons it is among Wanderu’s best destinations for college students. Another reason is how much there is to do! Early American history takes precedence at Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, while museums abound on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, sometimes called the most artistic mile in the city. Fuel up at the Reading Terminal Market or Italian Market, both offering fresh food from local vendors, to prepare for a night hitting up the bars, clubs, and live music joints that line up South Street.

Philadelphia is a major hub for both Greyhound and Amtrak, and its 30th Street Station is one of the busiest stations in the country. The plentitude of ground travel and the nearby Philadelphia International Airport make this exciting city very easily accessible, even on a budget.

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 Philadelphia?

Philadelphia, PA - Greyhound Bus Terminal (1001 Filbert St) - PHLGLI-0

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Main departure station: Bus Terminal - 1001 Filbert St

Philadelphia's Greyhound Bus Terminal is a popular bus station served by several intercity bus companies, including Greyhound, Fullington Trailways, and Peter Pan Bus Lines. Conveniently located in downtown Philly, you can walk from the bus station to the nearby Pennsylvania Convention Center, Reading Terminal Market, and even Independence Hall (home of the Liberty Bell). The station is a comfortable place to begin your bus journey, with a snack bar, restrooms, and vending machines, as well as several nearby parking garages and quick bites. And if your destination is Philadelphia, the Greyhound Bus Terminal makes it easy to start your sightseeing or head to your hotel, thanks to the SEPTA subway stop half a block away.

All bus stations in Philadelphia:

  • Bus Terminal - 1001 Filbert St

Where does the bus arrive in Chicago?

Main arrival station: Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

All buses from Philadelphia arrive at one main station in Chicago.

All bus stations in Chicago:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

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