Detroit to Chicago - Compare Buses, Trains and Flights

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Travel from Detroit to Chicago

There are multiple ways to get from Detroit to Chicago besides driving yourself. The main methods are to ride a bus, take a train, or fly. Which of these ways is best for you depends on how much you value price, speed, and comfort. Here is what you need to know:

Fastest time

4h 59m

Cheapest ticket

29 €

Daily trips

3

Traveling by Amtrak train is the most comfortable way to get from Detroit to Chicago. Fares start at about $32, with 3 trains departing each day.

This route is operated by Amtrak Wolverine, and has great amenities like free Wi-Fi, power outlets, a café car and on-board bathroom.

Fastest time

5h 20m

Cheapest ticket

4 €

Daily trips

22

With ticket prices as low as $4, and 22 trips departing throughout the day, traveling by bus between Detroit and Chicago is a convenient, budget-friendly option.

The bus carriers servicing this route — Miller Transportation, Greyhound and Megabus — offer amenities like free Wi-Fi, power outlets and on-board bathrooms.

Fastest time

1h 28m

Cheapest ticket

86 €

Daily trips

122

With a typical travel time of about 1 hour 30 minutes for nonstop flights, taking a plane is definitely the quickest way to get from Detroit to Chicago.

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport suggests arriving 2 hours prior to your scheduled flight, so plan accordingly. With DTW located 21 miles southwest of downtown Detroit, you’re looking at around 4 hours of total time in transit (flight time, security, getting to the airport), which is only a little bit shorter than a train trip.

Fastest time

4h 59m

Cheapest ticket

29 €

Daily trips

3

Traveling by Amtrak train is the most comfortable way to get from Detroit to Chicago. Fares start at about $32, with 3 trains departing each day.

This route is operated by Amtrak Wolverine, and has great amenities like free Wi-Fi, power outlets, a café car and on-board bathroom.

What is the best way to get from Detroit to Chicago?

Of the 3 different ways you can travel from Detroit to Chicago, we recommend taking a train. Amtrak trains for this route are very reasonably priced, with tickets starting at $32, and will get you to Chicago faster than a bus.

What is the fastest way to get from Detroit to Chicago?

Taking a flight is the fastest way to get to Chicago from the Motor City. Nonstop flights can get to Chicago in as quick as 1 hour 28 minutes. To compare, the quickest bus on this route takes around 5 hours 20 minutes, and the quickest Amtrak train takes 5 hours.

What is the cheapest way to get from Detroit to Chicago?

Traveling by bus is the cheapest way to get to Chicago from Detroit, with tickets averaging about $26. Train travel is a little bit more expensive, costing around $40 per ticket. Flights are the most high-priced option by far, with tickets averaging $224.

How far is it from Detroit to Chicago?

The distance between the two cities is about 237 miles, or 381 kilometers. Getting to Chicago from Detroit can take anywhere from 1 hour 28 minutes to 7 hours 5 minutes, depending on the mode of transportation.

Which train should you take from Detroit to Chicago?

Amtrak Wolverine is your best train option on this route — probably because it’s your only option. With 3 daily trips between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., you can pick the departure time that best fits your schedule, and enjoy the extra legroom on your leisurely ride to Chicago.

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