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There are 8 ways to get from Chicago to Detroit Amtrak by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5h 26m

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

$40 - $60

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Bus  •  6h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to Detroit Amtrak "Greyhound"

$35 - $50

6 alternative options

Drive  •  4h 38m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Detroit Amtrak 281 miles

$27 - $40

Fly Chicago Midway to Detroit, train  •  4h 32m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Detroit (DTW) MDW - DTW
  2. Take the train from Dearborn to Detroit

$136 - $587

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Detroit, train  •  5h

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Detroit (DTW) ORD - DTW
  2. Take the train from Dearborn to Detroit

$70 - $217

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Toledo, bus  •  5h 11m

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

$172 - $677

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Flint, bus, train  •  6h 11m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Flint (FNT) ORD - FNT
  2. Take the bus from Flint, MI to Pontiac, MI
  3. Take the train from Pontiac Amtrak Station to Detroit

$196 - $445

Train to Milwaukee, fly to Detroit  •  6h 9m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee
  2. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Detroit (DTW) MKE - DTW

$143 - $263

Chicago to Detroit Amtrak by trains

The train journey time between Chicago and Detroit Amtrak is around 5h 26m and covers a distance of around 282 miles. The fastest train normally takes 5h 26m. Operated by Amtrak, the Chicago to Detroit Amtrak train service departs from Chicago Union Station and arrives in Detroit. Typically eight trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
5h 26m
Fastest train time:
5h 26m
Trains per week:
8
Cheapest price:
$40
Carbon emissions:
23 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
13:25
Last train departs at:
13:25

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Chicago to Detroit Amtrak train schedules

Chicago → Detroit Amtrak
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Detroit Amtrak is 800-232-4636.

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The social distance requirement in Detroit Amtrak is 2 metres.

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Questions & Answers

The most affordable way to get from Chicago to Detroit Amtrak is to drive, which costs $27 - $40 and takes 4h 38m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Detroit Amtrak is to fly and train which costs $130 - $600 and takes 4h 32m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago and arriving at Detroit Amtrak. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 50m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at Detroit. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 26m.

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The distance between Chicago and Detroit Amtrak is 237 miles. The road distance is 281 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Detroit Amtrak without a car is to train which takes 5h 26m and costs $40 - $60.

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The train from Chicago Union Station to Detroit takes 5h 26m including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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Chicago to Detroit Amtrak train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Chicago Union Station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Detroit Amtrak is to train which takes 5h 26m and costs $40 - $60. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $35 - $50 and takes 6h 50m.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Detroit Amtrak.
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  • Distance: 237.3 miles
  • Duration: 5h 26m

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

Amtrak operates a train from Chicago Union Station to Detroit hourly. Tickets cost $40 - $60 and the journey takes 5h 26m. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Chicago to Detroit Amtrak once daily. Tickets cost $35 - $50 and the journey takes 6h 50m.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $430
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$29 - $380
Flights from Milwaukee to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $470
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $200
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Toledo
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $470
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Flint
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $470
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $310
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Flint
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $470
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $330
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Detroit
Ave. Duration
5h 26m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Premium
$210 - $300
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Business Seat
$75 - $110
Train from Dearborn to Detroit
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$21 - $30
Premium
$170 - $240
Flexi Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Business Seat
$24 - $35
Train from Pontiac Amtrak Station to Detroit
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Premium
$170 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Business Seat
$26 - $40
Train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Seat
$35 - $55
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 to Detroit Amtrak
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $50
Flexible
$60 - $90
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Toledo to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Amtrak Thruway

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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Toledo Amtrak Station to Detroit Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Flint, MI to Pontiac, MI
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
indiantrails.com

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The quickest flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Detroit Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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

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Detroit Amtrak is 1h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 8:54 AM in Chicago and 9:54 AM in Detroit Amtrak.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Detroit Amtrak is 281 miles. It takes approximately 4h 38m to drive from Chicago to Detroit Amtrak.

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

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There are 179+ hotels available in Detroit Amtrak. Prices start at $100 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 $2 - $5.

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