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Journey Information

Nashville to Chicago bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$51.00
Shortest Duration10h 0m
Trips per day10
Bus lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Nashville 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. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep 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 Nashville to Chicago?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $62.87 was the low point for bus fares from Nashville to Chicago. Buses from Chicago to Nashville are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $62.87 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 2 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $10.38 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 12 hours and 8 minutes to cover the 398 miles (640 kilometers) from Nashville, TN to Chicago, IL. However, the fastest bus only takes 10 hours, 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?

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

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Nashville?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Nashville to Chicago, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 10 scheduled buses that travel from Nashville to Chicago every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 5 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 Nashville to Chicago; ticket prices start at $100.00.

What bus companies travel from Nashville to Chicago?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from Nashville, Tennessee to Chicago, Illinois. Of these two services, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 9 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway111h 15m$100.00
Greyhound912h 28m$58.32

Where does the bus leave from in Nashville?

Most buses depart from the main station in Nashville, Tennessee:

  • Bus Terminal - 709 5Th Ave S

Where does the bus arrive in Chicago?

Buses arrive in Chicago at 4 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Chicago, Illinois:

  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave

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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Nashville, TN to Chicago, IL
Based on 3 ratings and reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
November 8, 2019Solo travel
The Wi-Fi isn't connected to the Internet but it says it is.
July 2, 2019Vacation
The drivers drove smoothly, made excellent lane changes. One driver had to deal with an unruly passenger. He was very professional and dealt with the situation in a manner that left us passengers feeling safe and confident that our driver had the ability to handle diffi...More
Bring earplugs as some passengers talk all night long
May 31, 2019Vacation
We liked that the bus had outlets to charge our phones
The seats weren’t very comfortable, the bathrooms definitely needed to be cleaned, we arrived to out destination 10 hours late due to bus breaking down a few times and waited on the side of the highway in the hot sun, so a better working bus in general would have been g...More
Don’t sit by the bathrooms!!!!!

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