There are 9 ways to get from Chicago to Detroit by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Detroit Amtrak Wolverine

$50 - $130

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Bus  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Detroit, Mi 4570 / ...

$28 - $80

7 alternative options

Train, bus  •  8 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Van Buren St. to South Bend Airport Ssl
  2. Take the bus from South Bend, IN to Detroit, MI Indianopolis

$53 - $79

Drive  •  4 h 37 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Detroit 282.2 miles

$27 - $40

Fly Chicago Midway to Detroit  •  3 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Detroit (DTW) MDW - DTW

$124 - $266

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Detroit  •  4 h 15 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Detroit (DTW) ORD - DTW

$114 - $317

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Toledo, bus  •  4 h 16 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Toledo (TOL) ORD - TOL
  2. Take the bus from Toledo, Oh to Detroit, Mi

$129 - $367

Train to South Bend, fly to Detroit  •  5 h 45 min

  1. Take the train from Van Buren St. to South Bend Airport
  2. Fly from South Bend (SBN) to Detroit (DTW) SBN - DTW

$175 - $916

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Lansing, bus  •  5 h 49 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Lansing (LAN) ORD - LAN
  2. Take the bus from Lansing, Mi to Detroit, Mi

$139 - $742

Questions & Answers

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at Detroit, Mi. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 50 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at Detroit Amtrak. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 4 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Detroit is 238 miles. The road distance is 282.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Detroit without a car is to train which takes 5 h 4 min and costs .

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The train from Chicago Union Station to Detroit Amtrak takes 5 h 4 min including transfers and departs three times a day.

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Chicago to Detroit bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Chicago, Il station.

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Chicago to Detroit train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Chicago Union Station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Detroit is to train which takes 5 h 4 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 5 h 50 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 3 h 46 min.

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The quickest flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Detroit Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Chicago to Detroit bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Detroit, Mi station.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Detroit.
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  • Distance: 238.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 4 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Detroit, MI, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Chicago to Detroit 3 times a day. Tickets cost $50 - $130 and the journey takes 5 h 4 min. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Chicago to Detroit every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $30 - $80 and the journey takes 5 h 50 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
Flights from South Bend to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Toledo
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $460
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Lansing
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $650
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Lansing
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,600
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Detroit Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 4 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
South Shore Line
Phone
+1 219-926-5744
Website
nictd.com
Train from Van Buren St. to South Bend Airport
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $14
Schedules at
nictd.com
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Chicago, Il to Detroit, Mi
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $80
Bus from Toledo, Oh to Detroit, Mi
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $27
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $18
Flexible
$21 - $27
Bus from Lansing, Mi to Detroit, Mi
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Greyhound Canada
Phone
+1 1-800-661-8747
Email
Canada.info@greyhound.ca
Website
greyhound.ca
Bus from Chicago, IL to Detroit, MI
Ave. Duration
6 h 8 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $70
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$28 - $45
Online Fare
$35 - $60
Standard Fare
$45 - $70
Refundable
$50 - $80

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Detroit is 1 h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 2:44 AM in Chicago and 3:44 AM in Detroit.

Chicago to Detroit train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Detroit Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Detroit is 282 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 37 min to drive from Chicago to Detroit.

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Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Chicago Midway Airport to Detroit Airport.

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Book your Chicago to Detroit bus tickets online with Greyhound and Busbud.

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There are 139+ hotels available in Detroit. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago Midway Airport is to subway which takes 23 min and costs .

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