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

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Train  •  4 h 59 min

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

$50 - $130

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Bus  •  6 h 13 min

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

$28 - $70

7 alternative options

Bus, train  •  8 h 58 min

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

$44 - $78

Drive  •  4 h 39 min

  1. Drive from Detroit to Chicago 282.3 miles

$27 - $40

Fly Detroit to Chicago Midway  •  3 h 29 min

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

$124 - $266

Fly Detroit to Chicago O'Hare  •  3 h 56 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 32 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 3 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

Bus to Flint, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  5 h 49 min

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

$93 - $417

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Detroit, MI and arriving at Chicago, IL. Services depart every three 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 station. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 59 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 best way to get from Detroit to Chicago without a car is to train which takes 4 h 59 min and costs .

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

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

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

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The best way to get from Detroit to Chicago is to train which takes 4 h 59 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 6 h 13 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 3 h 29 min.

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

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

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  • Distance: 238.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 59 min

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 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
Flights from Detroit to South Bend
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,200
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Detroit to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 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
Flights from Flint to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Detroit to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Flint to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Detroit to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
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 Detroit Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
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 - $60
Standard Fare
$45 - $70
Refundable
$50 - $80
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, 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
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Detroit, MI to Flint
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com

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Chicago is 1 h behind Detroit. It is currently 2:51 PM in Detroit and 1:51 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 282 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 39 min 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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Book your Detroit to Chicago bus tickets online with Busbud and Greyhound.

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There are 580+ hotels available in Chicago. Prices start at $103 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Detroit to Detroit Airport is to line 261 bus which takes 49 min and costs .

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