There are 7 ways to get from Minneapolis to Detroit Lakes by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot Amtrak to Detroit Lakes Amtrak Empire Builder

$42 - $103

6 alternative options

Bus  •  7 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Minneapolis, MN to Fargo, ND 933 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Fargo, ND to Detroit Lakes, MN 930

$66 - $90

Drive  •  3 h 58 min

  1. Drive from Minneapolis to Detroit Lakes 223.3 miles

$21 - $35

Fly to Fargo, bus  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to Fargo (FAR) MSP - FAR
  2. Take the bus from Fargo, ND to Detroit Lakes, MN

$311 - $522

Fly to Brainerd, bus  •  5 h 18 min

  1. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to Brainerd (BRD) MSP - BRD
  2. Take the bus from Brainerd, MN to Detroit Lakes, MN

$157 - $713

Fly to Grand Forks, train  •  5 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to Grand Forks (GFK) MSP - GFK
  2. Take the train from Grand Forks Amtrak to Detroit Lakes Amtrak

$246 - $565

Fly to Thief River Falls, drive  •  4 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to Thief River Falls (TVF) MSP - TVF
  2. Drive from Thief River Falls to Detroit Lakes

$66 - $167

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Minneapolis to Detroit Lakes is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 3 h 58 min.

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The quickest way to get from Minneapolis to Detroit Lakes is to drive which takes 3 h 58 min and costs $21 - $35.

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The distance between Minneapolis and Detroit Lakes is 286 km. The road distance is 357 km.

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It takes approximately 5 h 23 min to get from Minneapolis to Detroit Lakes, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Minneapolis to Detroit Lakes. However, there are services departing from Minneapolis, MN and arriving at Detroit Lakes, MN via Fargo, ND. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 20 min.

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What companies run services between Minneapolis, MN, USA and Detroit Lakes, MN, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Minneapolis to Detroit Lakes 3 times a day. Tickets cost $40 - $100 and the journey takes 4 h 2 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Minneapolis to Detroit Lakes via Fargo, ND in around 7 h 20 min.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Minneapolis to Fargo
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $850
Flights from Minneapolis to Brainerd
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Flights from Minneapolis to Grand Forks
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $950
Boutique Air
Website
boutiqueair.com
Flights from Minneapolis to Thief River Falls
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $210
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot Amtrak to Detroit Lakes Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $100
Room
$200 - $280
Train from Grand Forks Amtrak to Detroit Lakes Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Bus operators
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Minneapolis, MN to Fargo, ND
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Fargo, ND to Detroit Lakes, MN
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Brainerd, MN to Detroit Lakes, MN
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com

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