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All the Places You Can Visit from Detroit for Less Than $20

Cheap bus and train travel from Detroit.

You can travel to so many places from Detroit without sacrificing a ton of cash that you’re bound to wonder why you haven’t done that earlier. We found cheap bus and train tickets to 17 destinations that you can visit for less than $20 from the Motor City.

Some of the most exciting spots on the list include Cleveland, Chicago, and Toledo. You can even reach the latter for as low as $1!

Don’t feel like planning a whole trip? We’ve got you covered with an ultimate guide to Grand Rapids, another fun destination close to Detroit full of must-visit local food joints and some gorgeous gardens for relaxing strolls.

Expand your trip with our Explore search tool to find the best travel deals for new places to visit from Detroit based on your budget.


Route $1 Deals? Cheapest Avg. Price
Detroit to Cleveland $17.50
Detroit to Toledo $6.79

What is Cheapest Average Price?

The cheapest average price is the average amount of all of the cheapest bus or train prices available on Wanderu for a certain route over a 30-day period.

Bus and train carriers utilize what is known as dynamic pricing to determine ticket prices. That means that when a specific trip goes on sale (usually within four to six weeks prior to the trip date), tickets for that particular bus or train start at a certain low price and then get more expensive the more tickets are sold for that trip.

The cheapest average price may vary according to availability and carrier changes.

How to score the $1 deals

For certain routes, some bus carriers offer a starting ticket price of $1. That’s usually the price for the first couple of bookings for a bus that was just released for sale. Therefore, the earlier you book your trip, the higher chance you have of scoring a $1 deal.

However, if a bus sells out and the carrier decides to add another bus for the same date and time to meet the high demand, then the pricing cycle is reset, giving you the chance to score a $1 ticket at the last minute.

At Wanderu, we always bring you the best available deals out there and we’ve got even more tips to help you score really cheap bus tickets.

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About the author
Staffo Dobrev

Staffo Dobrev

Having lived in some of the greatest cities in the world, Staffo has always had a soft spot for travel and adventures. Instead of hitting the usual tourist attractions, though, Staffo prefers to make friends with local people and check out fun places and activities that are not in the travel books.

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