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Chicago to Detroit bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$31.36
Shortest duration6h 0m
Trips per day5
Bus lines3

Chicago to Detroit Route Map

Chicago Detroit

Frequently Asked Questions

How many bus carriers go from Chicago to Detroit?

There are about 20 scheduled bus trips per day from Chicago to Detroit, with 4 carriers that operate this route. Out of 20 scheduled bus trips, 10 of them are direct connections to Detroit. Greyhound has the most scheduled bus trips with an average of 12 per day. Other carriers include, Megabus, Miller Transportation and Indian Trails.

How long does it take to get from Chicago to Detroit by bus?

By bus it takes an average of 5 hours from Chicago to Detroit. The cheapest average bus ticket costs about $24.69. By booking early, you can typically save about $11 versus booking the day before your trip.

Is Detroit a good day-trip from Chicago?

Even though the distance between Detroit and Chicago isn’t too far (about 300 miles), an overnight stay or weekend trip to Detroit is probably better than a day-trip. Even if you were to take a bus or train, the ride is about 4.5 hours each way.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to Detroit during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Detroit?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $36.03 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to Detroit. Buses from Detroit to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $36.03 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 20 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $32.15 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 6 hours and 49 minutes to cover the 237 miles (381 kilometers) from Chicago, IL to Detroit, MI. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours, The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Chicago to Detroit for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Chicago?

The first bus leaves at 7:00am and the last bus leaves at 4:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Detroit, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 5 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Detroit every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 2 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Chicago to Detroit; ticket prices start at $50.18.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Detroit?

There are 3 bus lines from Chicago, Illinois to Detroit, Michigan. With 4 daily trips, Greyhound usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Barons Bus Lines18h 21m$97.84
Greyhound46h 40m$41.45
Miller Transportation114h 5m$63.35

Book Barons Bus Lines from Chicago to Detroit from $98. There are 1 Barons Bus Lines schedules from Chicago to Detroit and you can expect on average to pay $98 for a Barons Bus Lines ticket to Detroit. In Chicago, Barons Bus Lines departs to Detroit from Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St and no other station. In Detroit, Barons Bus Lines arrives at Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St and no other station. An average trip on Barons Bus Lines from Chicago to Detroit takes 8 hours and 21 minutes, while the fastest available Barons Bus Lines trip will get you to Detroit in 6 hours and 0 minutes, On weekends, Barons Bus Lines offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay $98 for a weekend getaway trip to Detroit.

Book Greyhound from Chicago to Detroit from $31. There are 4 Greyhound schedules from Chicago to Detroit and you can expect on average to pay $41 for a Greyhound ticket to Detroit. In Chicago, Greyhound departs to Detroit from Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St and no other station. In Detroit, Greyhound arrives at Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St and no other station. An average trip on Greyhound from Chicago to Detroit takes 6 hours and 40 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Detroit in 6 hours and 0 minutes, On weekends, Greyhound offers 4 trips per day and you could expect to pay $44 for a weekend getaway trip to Detroit.

Book Miller Transportation from Chicago to Detroit from $61. There are 1 Miller Transportation schedules from Chicago to Detroit and you can expect on average to pay $63 for a Miller Transportation ticket to Detroit. In Chicago, Miller Transportation departs to Detroit from Dan Ryan Bus Station and no other station. In Detroit, Miller Transportation arrives at Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St and no other station. An average trip on Miller Transportation from Chicago to Detroit takes 14 hours and 5 minutes, while the fastest available Miller Transportation trip will get you to Detroit in 6 hours and 0 minutes, On weekends, Miller Transportation offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay $63 for a weekend getaway trip to Detroit.

Price trends for buses from Chicago to Detroit

Average prices by travel date

$56$38$19AprApr

Monthly average prices

$63$50$38$25$13MJJASONDJFMA

Prices as travel date approaches

$94$75$56$38$193020100

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago, IL to Detroit, MI

(Based on 6 ratings and reviews)

4.5

5.0

Natalia

February 21, 2020 - Business

Megabus

Pros: The driver was very funny. His name was Ronnie. Give him a raise!!! And we had the same driver next day on our journey back. Same charisma and mood. I totally loved him! Cons: Wifi wasn't working in neither trip. That would have been useful for me that I came fro... Pros: The driver was very funny. His name was Ronnie. Give him a raise!!! And we had the same driver next day on our journey back. Same charisma and mood. I totally loved him! Cons: Wifi wasn't working in neither trip. That would have been useful for me that I came from abroad and don't have internet here in my cellphone.More

4.0

Ammara

November 18, 2019 - Vacation

Greyhound

Pros: It was good. Cons: It should be on time. but overall staff was really helpful. Tips: It was really good. Pros: It was good. Cons: It should be on time. but overall staff was really helpful. Tips: It was really good.

4.0

Raniswala

September 30, 2019 - Visiting friends

Megabus

Pros: I am so happy..and saved my time..lm visiters in America..I don't have Long time to stay here...last few times I use Grayhound bus service..I have only bad experience about Grayhound buses..I appreciate this bus service. Cons: Good. Tips: Very good service. Pros: I am so happy..and saved my time..lm visiters in America..I don't have Long time to stay here...last few times I use Grayhound bus service..I have only bad experience about Grayhound buses..I appreciate this bus service. Cons: Good. Tips: Very good service.

5.0

Derise

June 30, 2019 - Visiting family

Megabus

Cons: n/a. Tips: have earbuds in case folks around you talk the entire5 hour trip from8am on! Cons: n/a. Tips: have earbuds in case folks around you talk the entire5 hour trip from8am on!

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