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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 to Detroit Lakes Amtrak Station Empire Builder

$42 - $103

6 alternative options

Bus  •  8 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Minneapolis, MN to Cloquet, MN 911
  2. Take the bus from Cloquet, MN to Detroit Lakes, MN 929

$73 - $100

Drive  •  3 h 58 min

  1. Drive from Minneapolis to Detroit Lakes 223.3 miles

$21 - $35

Fly to Fargo, bus  •  5 h 8 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 Bemidji, drive  •  4 h 41 min

  1. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to Bemidji (BJI) MSP - BJI
  2. Drive from Bemidji to Detroit Lakes

$151 - $866

Fly to Brainerd, bus  •  5 h 27 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 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

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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 costs $21 - $35 and takes 3 h 58 min.

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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 Cloquet, MN. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 25 min.

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The distance between Minneapolis and Detroit Lakes is 179 miles. The road distance is 223.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Minneapolis to Detroit Lakes without a car is to train which takes 5 h 23 min and costs $40 - $110.

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

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Minneapolis to Detroit Lakes bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, depart from Minneapolis, MN station.

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The best way to get from Minneapolis to Detroit Lakes is to train which takes 5 h 23 min and costs $40 - $110. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $70 - $100 and takes 8 h 25 min.

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The quickest flight from Minneapolis Airport to Fargo Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Minneapolis to Detroit Lakes bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, arrive at Detroit Lakes, MN station.

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Map of how to get from Minneapolis to Detroit Lakes.
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  • Distance: 178.6 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 23 min

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 Cloquet, MN in around 8 h 25 min.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Minneapolis to Fargo
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $850
Flights from Minneapolis to Bemidji
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Minneapolis to Brainerd
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot to Detroit Lakes Amtrak Station
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
Bus operators
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Minneapolis, MN to Cloquet, MN
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
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jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Cloquet, MN to Detroit Lakes, MN
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Fargo, ND to Detroit Lakes, MN
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Brainerd, MN to Detroit Lakes, MN
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Book at
jeffersonlines.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Minneapolis to Detroit Lakes is 223 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 58 min to drive from Minneapolis to Detroit Lakes.

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Delta offers flights from Minneapolis Airport to Fargo Airport.

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There are six+ hotels available in Detroit Lakes. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Minneapolis to Minneapolis Airport is to tram which takes 18 min and costs $2 - $3.

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