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

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Train  •  5h 7m

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

$40 - $60

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Bus  •  6h 55m

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

$35 - $50

6 alternative options

Bus via South Bend  •  8h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Detroit, MI to South Street Station - South Bend Detroit
  2. Take the bus from South Street Station - South Bend to Chicago, IL Cleveland-Chicago / ...

$69 - $114

Drive  •  4h 40m

  1. Drive from Detroit to Chicago 283.1 miles

$27 - $40

Fly Detroit to Chicago Midway  •  3h 42m

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

$214 - $957

Fly Detroit to Chicago O'Hare  •  3h 59m

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

$59 - $187

Bus to Flint, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  5h 4m

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

$167 - $414

Bus to Toledo, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  4h 35m

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

$165 - $619

Detroit to Chicago by train

The train journey time between Detroit and Chicago is around 5h 7m and covers a distance of around 282 miles. The fastest train normally takes 5h 7m. Operated by Amtrak, the Detroit to Chicago train service departs from Detroit and arrives in Chicago Union Station. Typically seven trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
5h 7m
Fastest train time:
5h 7m
Trains per week:
7
Cheapest price:
$40
Carbon emissions:
23 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:26
Last train departs at:
06:26

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Detroit to Chicago train schedules

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

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The fastest way to get from Detroit to Chicago is to fly. Taking this option will cost $210 - $1,000 and takes 3h 42m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Detroit and arriving at Chicago. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 55m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Detroit and arriving at Chicago Union Station station. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 7m.

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The distance between Detroit and Chicago is 238 miles. The road distance is 283.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Detroit to Chicago without a car is to train which takes 5h 7m and costs $40 - $60.

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The train from Detroit to Chicago Union Station takes 5h 7m including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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

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

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The best way to get from Detroit to Chicago is to train which takes 5h 7m and costs $40 - $60. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $35 - $50 and takes 6h 55m, you could also fly, which costs $210 - $1,000 and takes 3h 42m.

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Map of how to get from Detroit to Chicago.
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  • Distance: 238.3 miles
  • Duration: 5h 7m

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

Amtrak operates a train from Detroit to Chicago Union Station every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $40 - $60 and the journey takes 5h 7m. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Detroit to Chicago twice daily. Tickets cost $35 - $50 and the journey takes 6h 55m.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Detroit to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $220
Flights from Flint to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $470
Flights from Toledo to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Detroit to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$27 - $380
Flights from Detroit to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$20 - $280
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Detroit to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $230
Flights from Flint to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $470
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Detroit to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $370
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 Detroit to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
5h 7m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Premium
$210 - $300
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Business Seat
$75 - $110
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 Detroit to Chicago
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $50
Flexible
$60 - $90
Bus from Detroit to Toledo
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $19
Flexible
$30 - $45
Hoosier Ride
Phone
800-544-2383
Website
hoosierride.com
Bus from Detroit, MI to South Street Station - South Bend
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Book at
hoosierride.com
Bus from South Street Station - South Bend to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Book at
hoosierride.com
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Detroit, MI to Flint, MI
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
indiantrails.com

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The quickest flight from Detroit Airport to Chicago Midway Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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

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Chicago is 1h behind Detroit. It is currently 9:11 PM in Detroit and 8:11 PM in Chicago.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Detroit to Chicago is 283 miles. It takes approximately 4h 40m to drive from Detroit to Chicago.

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

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The best way to get from Detroit to Detroit Airport is to line 261 bus which takes 57 min and costs $2.

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