South Bend travel guide

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You're Going to Love South Bend

With a population of 101,168, South Bend is a must-see destination in Indiana, United States.

Where to Eat in South Bend

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Mark Dine & Tap (1234 Eddy Street) and Parisi's Ristorante Italiano (1412 S Bend Ave) are great picks.

When to visit South Bend

South Bend in December
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
South Bend in December
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to South Bend in July, when the average temperature is 23 °C, and the highest can go up to 28 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as -8 °C, with an average temperature of -4 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in July, when precipitation is around 102 mm. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in South Bend, with an average rainfall of 51 mm.

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How to Get to South Bend


When flying to South Bend, you’ll arrive at South Bend/Michiana (SBN), which is located 3 miles from the city centre.


Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to South Bend. The train journey from South Bend to Chicago takes 1h 29m and costs around $35 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Pittsburgh, expect to pay about $153 for a 7h 52m trip. The train station in South Bend is called South Bend Amtrak Station, and is located 2.0 miles from the city centre.


Another option to get to South Bend is to pick up a car hire from Chicago, which is about 72 miles from South Bend. You’ll find branches of Thrifty and Dollar, among others, in Chicago.


South Bend’s bus station is located 1.0 mile from the city centre.

Airports near South Bend

Airlines serving South Bend

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British Airways
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Air France
Good (838 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,270 reviews)
Qatar Airways
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Alaska Airlines
Excellent (4,295 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (602 reviews)
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Aer Lingus
Good (717 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
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American Airlines
Good (5,448 reviews)
Virgin Atlantic
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Air New Zealand
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Where to stay in South Bend

If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Sleep Inn South Bend Airport and Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Mishawaka - South Bend, An IHG Hotel.

Where to stay in popular areas of South Bend

Most booked hotels in South Bend

The Inn at Saint Mary's
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
Hilton Garden Inn South Bend
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel South Bend
Good (6.9, Good reviews)
Comfort Suites University Area Notre Dame-South Bend
Good (6.8, Good reviews)
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham South Bend/At Notre Dame
Good (6.5, Good reviews)
Motel 6 South Bend - Mishawaka, IN
Good (6.4, Good reviews)

Hiring a car in South Bend

Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Avis are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in South Bend is the Budget branch at 23134 Lincoln Way West, which is 4 miles from the city centre.

It’s generally cheaper to hire your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 1% cheaper than airport locations in South Bend.

Expect to pay $1.86 per litre in South Bend (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $22.26 and $29.68. The most frequently booked car type in South Bend is Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Premium car hire (Ford Flex or similar) is, on average, 68% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.