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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  4 h 59 min

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

$50 - $130

Cheapest option

Bus  •  6 h 13 min

  1. Take the bus from Detroit, MI to Chicago, IL 5531 / ...

$28 - $70

6 alternative options

Bus, train  •  8 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Detroit, MI to South Bend, IN 0354
  2. Take the train from South Bend Airport to Van Buren St. Ssl

$56 - $78

Drive  •  4 h 39 min

  1. Drive from Detroit to Chicago 282.3 miles

$27 - $40

Fly Detroit to Chicago Midway  •  3 h 30 min

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

$124 - $266

Fly Detroit to Chicago O'Hare  •  3 h 50 min

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

$114 - $317

Bus to Toledo, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  4 h 30 min

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

$130 - $368

Fly Detroit to South Bend, bus  •  5 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to South Bend (SBN) DTW - SBN
  2. Take the bus from South Bend, In to Chicago, Il

$217 - $1,237

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Detroit to Chicago is to drive which costs $27 - $40 and takes 4 h 39 min.

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The quickest way to get from Detroit to Chicago is to fly which costs $120 - $270 and takes 3 h 30 min.

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The distance between Detroit and Chicago is 238 miles. The road distance is 282.3 miles.

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The train from Detroit Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak takes 4 h 59 min including transfers and departs three times a day.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Detroit, MI and arriving at Chicago, IL. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 13 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Detroit Amtrak and arriving at Chicago Union Station Amtrak station. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 59 min.

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

Amtrak operates a train from Detroit to Chicago 3 times a day. Tickets cost $50 - $130 and the journey takes 4 h 59 min. Alternatively, Greyhound Canada operates a bus from Detroit to Chicago 4 times a day. Tickets cost $28 - $70 and the journey takes 6 h 13 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Detroit to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
Flights from Detroit to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
Flights from Detroit to South Bend
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,200
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Detroit to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Detroit to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
Flights from Toledo to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $460
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Detroit to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Detroit Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 59 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 South Bend Airport to Van Buren St.
Ave. Duration
2 h 26 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $14
Schedules at
nictd.com
Bus operators
Greyhound Canada
Phone
+1 1-800-661-8747
Email
Canada.info@greyhound.ca
Website
greyhound.ca
Bus from Detroit, MI to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
6 h 13 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $70
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$28 - $40
Online Fare
$35 - $55
Standard Fare
$45 - $70
Refundable
$50 - $75
Greyhound USA
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Detroit, Mi to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $50
Flexible
$55 - $80
Bus from Detroit, Mi to Toledo, Oh
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $28
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $19
Flexible
$22 - $28
Bus from South Bend, In to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35

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