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Journey Information

There are 8 intercity buses per day from Nashville to Indianapolis. Traveling by bus from Nashville to Indianapolis usually takes around 6 hours and 14 minutes, but the fastest Tornado Bus bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 4.8 minutes.

Distance251 mi (405 km)
Shortest duration5h 5m
Cheapest price$30.00
Trips per day7
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines4

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Nashville to Indianapolis

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Raul

July 5, 2021- Vacation

Greyhound

Pros: The good communication with the bus driver and personal office. Cons: More line of this business. Tips: Get the tikets en web side.

Pros: The good communication with the bus driver and personal office. Cons: More line of this business. Tips: Get the tikets en web side.

4.0

Troy

October 23, 2019- Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: The time Only a 45 minute layover. And of course the cost. Cheaper than driving my pickup truck. Cons: Already has improved. My trip would have taken 3 times as long when I use to travel greyhound. Tips: Nashville depot was in a bad area but security was good.

Pros: The time Only a 45 minute layover. And of course the cost. Cheaper than driving my pickup truck. Cons: Already has improved. My trip would have taken 3 times as long when I use to travel greyhound. Tips: Nashville depot was in a bad area but security was good.

5.0

Denice

August 15, 2019- Visiting family

Megabus

Pros: Economical, restful for me (I slept), had a meal stop & nice bus. Cons: ? Tips: Other passengers need to be more conscientious about their phone calls. Especially if hard of hearing.

Pros: Economical, restful for me (I slept), had a meal stop & nice bus. Cons: ? Tips: Other passengers need to be more conscientious about their phone calls. Especially if hard of hearing.

How much is a bus ticket from Nashville to Indianapolis?

The average price for a bus ticket to Indianapolis is $44.26, If your search turns up options priced lower than $44.26 then you've uncoverred an exceptional deal, don't let it get away. Wanderu ensures that you find great deals on bus tickets everytime, we search all of the best bus options to present you the lowest prices available from our partner carriers.

Average prices by travel date

$60$40$20JunJul

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Nashville to Indianapolis is expected to range from $44 to $52. If you are looking to travel to Indianapolis within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $45. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $44 and can be found on July 13, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in October. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $40 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Nashville to Indianapolis in December, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $44 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 25 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $21.62 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Nashville to Indianapolis?

There are 4 bus lines from Nashville to Indianapolis available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 6 daily trips, Greyhound usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway16h 5m$68.00
Greyhound66h 1m$41.51
Miller Transportation19h 0m$70.86
Tornado Bus15h 5m$152.15
  • Amtrak Thruway

    Amtrak Thruway

    Amtrak Thruway, also known as Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, is a system of intercity passenger buses operated by Amtrak to connect train stations to areas that are not served by the carrier’s railroads. On the bus, passengers can enjoy comfortable reclining seats with leg rests and access to onboard restroom facilities. Amtrak Thruway bus tickets from Nashville to Indianapolis start at $68. On average, there are 1 Amtrak Thruway bus trips on this route every day.

  • 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 6 bus trips from Nashville to Indianapolis every day, with the average journey taking around 6 hours and 1 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Indianapolis usually start from $30.

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  • Miller Transportation

    Miller Transportation

    Miller Transportation, through its popular bus service Hoosier Ride, connects a number of cities across six states in the Midwest via intercity bus travel. Miller buses keep you connected throughout your journey with free WiFi and power outlets on board. The carrier is consistently rated well for on-time bus arrivals. The trip from Nashville to Indianapolis usually lasts 9 hours and 0 minutes on Miller Transportation, and ticket prices start at $60.

  • Tornado Bus

    Tornado Bus

    Tornado Bus is a regional bus company that primarily serves the southern United States and Mexico. Founded in 1993, Tornado Bus Company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. For Tornado travel from Nashville to Indianapolis, Tornado operates 1 scheduled trips per day with prices starting from $152.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Nashville to Indianapolis 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

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 Nashville to Indianapolis?

The bus takes an average of 6 hours and 14 minutes to cover the 251 miles from Nashville to Indianapolis. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 4.8 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?

Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Nashville to Indianapolis for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Tuesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Tuesday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Nashville?

The first bus leaves at 1:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Nashville to Indianapolis, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus trips to Indianapolis are there per day?

There are 8 scheduled buses that travel from Nashville to Indianapolis every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 7 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 Indianapolis; ticket prices start at $68.00.

City Information

Nashville

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Nashville may be the capital of the state of Tennessee, but it’s actually much more famous as the country music capital of the world. If you are a fan of country music, or music in general, Nashville is a must-visit destination. Here you can visit several one-of-a-kind museums dedicated to the genre and attend amazing live performances every day at pretty much every bar or venue across town.

There are two places that you absolutely must visit while you’re in town: the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum (for obvious reasons), and the legendary Grand Ole Opry House, known as country’s most famous stage. Once you get those out of the way, head over to Broadway and snatch yourself a pair of cowboy boots before embarking on a tour of the many bars and restaurants that make up Nashville’s most famous street.

And if you’re looking to escape the country-ness of it all, you might want to head over to East Nashville where you will find hip new restaurants and bars full of young and artistic crowds. It’s definitely worth checking out the area, if only for the several Insta-ready murals you will find there.

While there is no Amtrak train service that goes to Nashville, there are several bus carriers that serve the city and the main bus station is located very conveniently downtown, not too far from all the hustle and bustle of Music City. The Nashville International Airport is located on the outskirts of the city, but there is a direct bus transit service that will take you from there all the way to the heart of town.

Indianapolis

Indianapolis, or often referred to as just Indy, is the capital and largest city in the state of Indiana. While the city attracts thousands of visitors from the area every month, it is during Memorial Day weekend that Indianapolis becomes the place to be for over 300,000 race car fans from all over the globe. The reason for that is the Indianapolis 500, an annual automobile race and the world’s largest single day sporting event, taking place at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

If you’re not in Indianapolis for Memorial Day weekend, you can learn about the race and see a rare collection of 500 Indy race vehicles and memorabilia at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. And while you’re on a history streak, stop by at one of the many war memorials found throughout the city, like the Soldiers and Sailors monument, the World War II memorial, and the Indiana War Memorial where you must check out the Shrine Room for a stunning one-of-a-kind experience.

Over the past few years, Indianapolis has also been cultivating a vibrant restaurant scene, offering classic American dishes made with ingredients from local farmers, and a growing selection of international cuisine. If you’re a beer fan, you will be happy to know that Indianapolis has some of the highest quality breweries in the U.S.

Located in the heart of America’s Midwest, Indianapolis offers easy connections by bus and train to other Midwestern hubs like Chicago, Louisville, and Cincinnati, while the conveniently located airport connects Indy with the rest of the world.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Nashville?

Main departure station: Bus Terminal - 709 5Th Ave S

The primary bus station in Nashville is in the heart of the SoBro (“South of Broadway”) neighborhood, surrounded by hotels, restaurants, and music venues. From this station, you can catch Jefferson Lines, Greyhound, Miller Transportation, and Amtrak Thruway buses offering trips to destinations throughout the United States. To make traveling stress-free, this station is open 24 hours a day and includes restrooms, vending machines, and charging stations for your phone.

All bus stations in Nashville:

  • Bus Terminal - 709 5Th Ave S

  • 4031 Nolensville Pike

Where does the bus arrive in Indianapolis?

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Main arrival station: 350 S Illinois St

Union Station at 350 S Illinois St in Indianapolis is a major train and bus station which serves the Amtrak Cardinal, and bus carriers including Greyhound, Jefferson Lines, Miller Transportation, and Burlington Trailways. The modern station is located directly south of the historic 1888 Union Station, which now houses a hotel, several restaurants, and a wedding venue. Union Station is in the Wholesale District of downtown Indianapolis, within walking distance to eateries and hotels. There is even an underground, climate-controlled walkway from the station to the nearby Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, home to the Indianapolis Colts.

All bus stations in Indianapolis:

  • 350 S Illinois St

  • 2911 W Washington St

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