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There are 6 ways to get from Thunder Bay to Detroit by plane, bus, night bus, train or car

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Fly to Windsor

  1. Fly from Thunder Bay (YQT) to Windsor (YQG)

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Fly to Detroit

  1. Fly from Thunder Bay (YQT) to Detroit (DTW)

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Bus, night bus, Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails

  1. Take the bus from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste Marie
  2. Take the night bus from Sault Ste. Marie, MI to St. Ignace, MI
  3. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from St. Ignace, MI to Flint
  4. Take the bus from Flint, MI to Detroit, MI

Bus, Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails

  1. Take the bus from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste Marie
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from Sault Ste. Marie, MI to Pellston, MI
  3. Take the bus from Pellston, MI to East Lansing, MI
  4. Take the bus from East Lansing, MI to Detroit, MI

Bus, train

  1. Take the bus from Thunder Bay, ON to White River, ON
  2. Take the train from White River to Sudbury
  3. Take the bus from Sudbury to Toronto
  4. Take the train from Toronto Union Station to Windsor

Drive

  1. Drive from Thunder Bay to Detroit

Thunder Bay to Detroit by bus, train, taxi and subway

The journey time between Thunder Bay and Detroit is around 3 days 2h and covers a distance of around 1028 miles. This includes an average layover time of around 2 days 1h. The fastest journey normally takes 3 days 2h. Operated by Kasper Transportation, VIA Rail, Ontario Northland and others, the Thunder Bay to Detroit service departs from Thunder Bay, ON and arrives in Windsor. Typically only one service runs weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average journey times

Time on transportation:
25h 1m
Layover time:
2 days 1h
Total time:
3 days 2h

Route information

Fastest journey time:
3 days 2h
Journey distance:
1028 miles
Services per week:
1
Cheapest price:
$243
Carbon emissions:
144 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
08:45
Last service departs at:
08:45

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Thunder Bay to Detroit bus, train, taxi and subway schedules

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Thunder Bay to Detroit is to drive which costs $130 - $200 and takes 14h 32m.

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The quickest way to get from Thunder Bay to Detroit is to fly which costs $507 and takes 6h 38m.

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The distance between Thunder Bay and Detroit is 518 miles. The road distance is 786.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Thunder Bay to Detroit without a car is to bus and train which takes 26h 30m and costs $320 - $750.

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It takes approximately 6h 38m to get from Thunder Bay to Detroit, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Thunder Bay to Detroit is to fly which takes 6h 38m and costs $507. Alternatively, you can bus and Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails, which costs and takes 23h 49m.

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There is no direct flight from Thunder Bay Airport to Windsor Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 3m and has one stopover.

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Yes, the driving distance between Thunder Bay to Detroit is 786 miles. It takes approximately 14h 32m to drive from Thunder Bay to Detroit.

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Flair Airlines and Air Canada offer flights from Thunder Bay Airport to Windsor Airport.

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There are 151+ hotels available in Detroit. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Thunder Bay to Detroit.
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  • Distance: 517.9 miles
  • Duration: 6h 38m

What companies run services between Thunder Bay, ON, Canada and Detroit, MI, USA?

Air Canada and Flair Airlines fly from Thunder Bay to Detroit 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Thunder Bay to Detroit via Sault Ste Marie, Sault Ste. Marie, MI, Pellston, MI, and East Lansing, MI in around 23h 49m.

Airlines
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Thunder Bay to Windsor via Toronto
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $800
Flights from Thunder Bay to Detroit via Toronto
Ave. Duration
4h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Thunder Bay to Detroit via Toronto
Ave. Duration
4h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Thunder Bay to Detroit via Toronto, Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
6h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Thunder Bay to Detroit via Toronto, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $950
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Thunder Bay to Detroit via Toronto
Ave. Duration
5h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $950
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Thunder Bay to Detroit via Toronto
Ave. Duration
5h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $950
Train operators
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from White River to Sudbury
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$75 - $180
Website
VIA Rail
Escape
$50 - $70
Business
$100 - $140
Economy
$75 - $90
EconomyPlus
$130 - $180
Train from Toronto Union Station to Windsor
Ave. Duration
4h 18m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$65 - $140
Website
VIA Rail
Escape
$40 - $55
Business
$90 - $120
Economy
$65 - $75
EconomyPlus
$100 - $140
Bus operators
Ontario Northland
Phone
+1 800-461-8558
Website
ontarionorthland.ca
Bus from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste Marie
Ave. Duration
9h 55m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$85 - $160
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Ontario Northland
Senior
$85 - $130
Adult
$100 - $160
Bus from Sudbury to Toronto
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $85
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Ontario Northland
Senior
$45 - $70
Adult
$55 - $85
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Night bus from Sault Ste. Marie, MI to St. Ignace, MI
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from Flint, MI to Detroit, MI
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from Pellston, MI to East Lansing, MI
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from East Lansing, MI to Detroit, MI
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $22
Schedules at
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from St. Ignace, MI to Flint
Ave. Duration
7h 21m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Bus from Sault Ste. Marie, MI to Pellston, MI
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Kasper Transportation
Phone
1-855-566-2378
Bus from Thunder Bay, ON to White River, ON
Ave. Duration
5h 19m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $160
Schedules at
gokasper.com
Child
$55 - $80
Senior
$95 - $140
Adult
$110 - $160

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The best way to get from Thunder Bay to Thunder Bay Airport is to line 14 bus which takes 16 min and costs $3.

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