There are 9 ways to get from West Lafayette to Detroit by bus, train, 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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Bus  •  7 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Lafayette to Chicago, Il 4970
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Detroit, Mi 5508 / ...

$48 - $121

8 alternative options

Bus, train  •  8 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Lafayette to Chicago, Il 4970
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Dearborn Amtrak Wolverine

$67 - $176

Train  •  9 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Lafayette Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak Cardinal / ...
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Detroit Amtrak Wolverine

$82 - $201

Train, bus  •  9 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from Lafayette Amtrak to Indianapolis Amtrak Cardinal / ...
  2. Take the bus from Indianapolis, IN to Detroit, MI Cincinnati, OH-Detroit, Mi / ...

$56 - $140

Drive  •  5 h 29 min

  1. Drive from West Lafayette to Detroit 273.5 miles

$26 - $40

Fly from Indianapolis  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Fly from Indianapolis (IND) to Detroit (DTW) IND - DTW

$239 - $429

Bus to Chicago Midway, fly  •  5 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Lafayette to Chicago, Il
  2. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Detroit (DTW) MDW - DTW

$144 - $310

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly  •  5 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Lafayette to Chicago, Il
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Detroit (DTW) ORD - DTW

$132 - $358

Bus, train to South Bend, fly  •  6 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Lafayette, IN to Gary, IN
  2. Take the train from Gary Metro Center to South Bend Airport
  3. Fly from South Bend (SBN) to Detroit (DTW) SBN - DTW

$196 - $945

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The cheapest way to get from West Lafayette to Detroit is to drive which costs $26 - $40 and takes 5 h 29 min.

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The quickest way to get from West Lafayette to Detroit is to fly which costs $230 - $430 and takes 5 h 4 min.

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The distance between West Lafayette and Detroit is 241 miles. The road distance is 273.5 miles.

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It takes approximately 7 h 38 min to get from West Lafayette to Detroit, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from West Lafayette to Detroit. However, there are services departing from Lafayette and arriving at Detroit, Mi via Chicago, Il. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 38 min.

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No, there is no direct train from West Lafayette to Detroit. However, there are services departing from Lafayette Amtrak and arriving at Detroit Amtrak via Chicago Union Station Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 28 min.

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West Lafayette to Detroit train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Indianapolis Amtrak station.

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Map of how to get from West Lafayette to Detroit.
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  • Distance: 241 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 38 min

What companies run services between West Lafayette, IN, USA and Detroit, MI, USA?

You can take a bus from West Lafayette to Detroit via Chicago, Il in around 7 h 38 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from West Lafayette to Detroit via Chicago Union Station Amtrak in around 9 h 28 min.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Indianapolis to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
Flights from South Bend to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
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 Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Dearborn Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 34 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$85 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
Train from Lafayette Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$160 - $240
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Detroit Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 4 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
Train from Lafayette Amtrak to Indianapolis Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $55
Room
$150 - $210
South Shore Line
Phone
+1 219-926-5744
Website
nictd.com
Train from Gary Metro Center to South Bend Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $11
Schedules at
nictd.com
Bus operators
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Lafayette to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $45
Bus from Chicago, Il to Detroit, Mi
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $80
Hoosier Ride
Phone
800-544-2383
Website
hoosierride.com
Bus from Indianapolis, IN to Detroit, MI
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $85
Book at
hoosierride.com
Bus from Lafayette, IN to Gary, IN
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Book at
hoosierride.com

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