South Bend travel guide

South Bend Tourism | South Bend Guide

You're Going to Love South Bend

With a population of 101,168, South Bend is a must-see destination in Indiana, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. We recommend you stay at least 1 days in order to fully appreciate everything South Bend has to offer.

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.

Most popular restaurants in South Bend

Contemporary American
Wonderful (325 reviews)
Wonderful (283 reviews)
Wonderful (218 reviews)
Wonderful (180 reviews)
Contemporary American
Wonderful (125 reviews)

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 73.4 °F, and the highest can go up to 82.4 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 17.6 °F, with an average temperature of 24.8 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in July, when precipitation is around 4″. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in South Bend, with an average rainfall of 2″.

Data provided by weatherbase
Fahrenheit (°F)
Data provided by weatherbase

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 center. Airlines that fly from the United States to South Bend include American Airlines, Qatar Airways and Allegiant Air. The shortest domestic flight to South Bend departs from Sarasota and takes around 2h 30m.


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 $16 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Syracuse, expect to pay about $83 for a 10h 59m trip. The train station in South Bend is called South Bend Amtrak Station, and is located 2.0 miles from the city center.


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


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

Airports near South Bend

Airlines serving South Bend

Good (2,930 reviews)
Good (505 reviews)
British Airways
Good (2,089 reviews)
Good (3,647 reviews)
Air France
Good (628 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (3,599 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (1,688 reviews)
Excellent (1,452 reviews)
Good (1,456 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Good (3,422 reviews)
Aer Lingus
Good (558 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (448 reviews)
Okay (1,451 reviews)
Good (807 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (922 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (4,982 reviews)
Virgin Atlantic
Good (421 reviews)
Allegiant Air
Good (356 reviews)
Air New Zealand
Good (170 reviews)
Good (1,041 reviews)
Show more

Where to stay in South Bend

If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham South Bend and Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham South Bend/At Notre Dame.

Where to stay in popular areas of South Bend

Most booked hotels in South Bend

The Inn at Saint Mary's
Excellent (9, 698 reviews)
Varsity Clubs of America South Bend
Excellent (8.9, 498 reviews)
Hilton Garden Inn South Bend
Excellent (8.6, 188 reviews)
Hyatt Place South Bend Mishawaka
Excellent (8.3, 511 reviews)
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Mishawaka, IN
Good (7.1, 643 reviews)
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel South Bend
Good (7, 257 reviews)

Renting a car in South Bend

Renting a car in South Bend costs $55 per day, on average. Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Avis are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in South Bend is the Budget branch at 23134 Lincoln Way West, which is 4 miles from the city center.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 6% more expensive than at South Bend/Michiana.

Expect to pay $3.82 per gallon in South Bend (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $45.88 and $61.17. The most frequently booked car type in South Bend is Full-size (Ford Expedition or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (Nissan Leaf or similar) are, on average, 66% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.