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Philadelphia to Chicago bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$38.00
Shortest Duration19h 20m
Trips per day6
Bus lines1
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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Philadelphia to Chicago
Based on 2 reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
July 16, 2019Business
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.
Less smoking breaks in between driving.
A passenger brought a big black plastic garbage bag as luggage and was not allowed to put it underneath the bus just an FYI.

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 right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. To review the latest news and updates on which companies have reduced routes, visit our COVID-19 Travel Alert.

In order to keep their vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

How much is a bus ticket from Philadelphia to Chicago?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $58.50 was the low point for bus fares from Philadelphia to Chicago. Buses from Chicago to Philadelphia are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $58.50 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 23 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $63.76 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 21 hours and 54 minutes to cover the 664 miles (1068 kilometers) from Philadelphia to Chicago. However, the fastest bus only takes 19 hours and 20 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?

Thursday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Thursday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Monday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. For a less crowded trip, try to book your bus travel for the beginning of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Philadelphia?

The first bus leaves at 2:00am 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 6 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.

What bus companies travel from Philadelphia to Chicago?

There is one bus company that operates from Philadelphia 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
Greyhound621h 55m$77.21

Where does the bus leave from in Philadelphia?

Buses to Chicago leave from multiple locations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. These are the 3 most popular bus stations:

  • Bus Terminal - 1001 Filbert St

Where does the bus arrive in Chicago?

Buses arrive in Chicago at 3 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

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