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There are 5 ways to get from South Bend to Bay City by train, bus, car or plane

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Train, bus  •  5h 49m

  1. Take the train from Niles Amtrak Station to Flint Amtrak Station Blue Water
  2. Take the bus from Flint to Bay City 1492 Detroit to Bay City / ...

$78 - $184

4 alternative options

Bus, Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails  •  10h 33m

  1. Take the bus from South Bend, IN to Battle Creek, MI Indianopolis
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from Battle Creek to Bay City

Drive  •  4h 7m

  1. Drive from South Bend to Bay City 251.3 miles

$24 - $40

Fly from South Bend  •  4h 34m

  1. Fly from South Bend (SBN) to Saginaw (MBS) SBN - MBS

$275 - $1,444

Train to Chicago O'Hare, fly  •  5h 26m

  1. Take the train from South Bend Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Saginaw (MBS) ORD - MBS

$155 - $378

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The cheapest way to get from South Bend to Bay City is to drive which costs $24 - $40 and takes 4h 7m.

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The quickest way to get from South Bend to Bay City is to drive which costs $24 - $40 and takes 4h 7m.

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No, there is no direct bus from South Bend to Bay City. However, there are services departing from Notre Dame and arriving at Bay City via South Bend, IN and Battle Creek. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 33m.

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The distance between South Bend and Bay City is 179 miles. The road distance is 251.3 miles.

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The best way to get from South Bend to Bay City without a car is to train and bus which takes 5h 49m and costs $75 - $190.

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It takes approximately 5h 49m to get from South Bend to Bay City, including transfers.

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South Bend to Bay City bus services, operated by Hoosier Ride, depart from South Bend, IN station.

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The best way to get from South Bend to Bay City is to bus and Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails which takes 10h 33m and costs . Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $270 - $1,500 and takes 4h 34m.

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There is no direct flight from South Bend Airport to Saginaw Airport. The quickest flight takes 2h 56m and has one stopover.

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South Bend to Bay City bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Bay City station.

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Map of how to get from South Bend to Bay City.
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  • Distance: 179.5 miles
  • Duration: 5h 49m

What companies run services between South Bend, IN, USA and Bay City, MI, USA?

You can take a bus from South Bend to Bay City via South Bend, IN - Airport, South Bend, IN, Battle Creek, MI, and Battle Creek in around 10h 33m. Alternatively, Delta and United Airlines fly from South Bend to Bay City every 4 hours.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from South Bend to Saginaw via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,500
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Saginaw
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $650
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from South Bend to Saginaw via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,400
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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Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Niles Amtrak Station to Flint Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
3h 18m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $95
Business Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Room
$180 - $260
Train from South Bend Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $24
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$19 - $24
Business Seat
$44
Bedroom
$180 - $210
Bus operators
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Flint to Bay City
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $55
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Flint to Bay City
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Battle Creek to Bay City
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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Yes, the driving distance between South Bend to Bay City is 251 miles. It takes approximately 4h 7m to drive from South Bend to Bay City.

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United Airlines and Delta offer flights from South Bend Airport to Saginaw Airport.

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There are 32+ hotels available in Bay City. Prices start at $49 USD per night.

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The best way to get from South Bend to South Bend Airport is to bus which takes 20m and costs $10 - $15.

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