There are 8 ways to get from Detroit to Waukegan 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  •  7 h

  1. Take the train from Detroit Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Wolverine
  2. Take the train from Chicago OTC to Waukegan Up-N

$58 - $137

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Bus, train  •  8 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Detroit, MI to Chicago - Amtrak 5531
  2. Take the train from Chicago OTC to Waukegan Up-N

$35 - $77

6 alternative options

Bus  •  9 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Detroit, Mi to Chicago, Il 5515 / ...

$43 - $91

Drive  •  5 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Detroit to Waukegan 323.7 miles

$30 - $50

Fly Detroit to Chicago Midway, train  •  5 h 43 min

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

$131 - $275

Fly Detroit to Chicago O'Hare, train  •  6 h 9 min

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

$121 - $325

Bus to Toledo, fly to Chicago O'Hare, train  •  6 h 45 min

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

$137 - $376

Fly Detroit to South Bend, bus, train  •  7 h 14 min

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

$228 - $1,252

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct train from Detroit to Waukegan. However, there are services departing from Detroit Amtrak and arriving at Waukegan via Chicago OTC. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h.

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The distance between Detroit and Waukegan is 246 miles. The road distance is 323.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Detroit to Waukegan without a car is to train which takes 7 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h to get from Detroit to Waukegan, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Detroit to Waukegan is to train which takes 7 h and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 9 h 23 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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Waukegan is 1 h behind Detroit. It is currently 3:41 AM in Detroit and 2:41 AM in Waukegan.

Detroit to Waukegan train services, operated by Metra, arrive at Waukegan station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Detroit to Waukegan is 324 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 27 min to drive from Detroit to Waukegan.

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  • Distance: 246.5 miles
  • Duration: 7 h

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

You can take a train from Detroit to Waukegan via Chicago Union Station and Chicago OTC in around 7 h. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Detroit to Waukegan hourly. Tickets cost $30 - $80 and the journey takes 5 h 30 min.

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
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Detroit to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
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
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
Metra
Phone
+1 312-322-6777
Website
metrarail.com
Train from Chicago OTC to Waukegan
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Schedules at
metrarail.com
Train from Clybourn to Waukegan
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
metrarail.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 - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
6 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
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 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $50
Flexible
$60 - $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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Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Detroit Airport to Chicago Midway Airport.

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There are 84+ hotels available in Waukegan. Prices start at $61 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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