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Journey Information

There are 7 intercity buses per day from Indianapolis to Detroit. Traveling by bus from Indianapolis to Detroit usually takes around 10 hours and 17 minutes, but the fastest Barons Bus Lines bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 5 minutes.

Distance240 mi (386 km)
Shortest duration5h 5m
Cheapest price$55.21
Trips per day1
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Indianapolis to Detroit

(Based on 6 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Reda

April 24, 2024- Vacation

Barons Bus Lines

Late vecause on an accident on the road. Was very good overall.

5.0

Micheal

November 11, 2022- Business

Barons Bus Lines

Pros: The bus was quiet and on time! Cons: The number of people who can use the WIFI while riding the bus. Tips: This was a great 1st over the road (otr) bus ride and the price was unbeatable.

5.0

Adeola

October 7, 2022- Couples trip

Barons Bus Lines

It was a wonderful trip, I enjoyed the bus.

How much is a bus ticket from Indianapolis to Detroit?

$64.52 is the average price of a bus ticket from Indianapolis to Detroit. Any tickets cheaper than $64.52 can be considered a great deal. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

$123$82$41MayJun

Bus tickets from Indianapolis to Detroit are expected to cost between $61 and $115 over the next four weeks. If you're planning a trip to Detroit within the next week, you can find the cheapest bus tickets starting from $65. Don't wait too long to book your ticket, as prices tend to rise as the travel date approaches.

Monthly average prices

$136$109$82$55$27JJASONDJFMAM
If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from Indianapolis to Detroit, mark your calendar for August. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just $83. However, taking the bus from Indianapolis to Detroit during November is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of $105. The best way to find deals on a trip in November is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

Prices as travel date approaches

$170$136$102$68$343020100

The easiest way to save money on bus tickets is by booking in advance! Many carriers increase prices as the travel date approaches, so it's always a good idea to buy your tickets as early as possible. Book at least 24 days in advance to save $69.73 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Indianapolis to Detroit?

There are 3 bus lines from Indianapolis to Detroit available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. 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 Lines15h 5m$95.47
FlixBus US212h 46m$104.05
Greyhound410h 16m$89.46
  • Book Barons Bus Lines from Indianapolis to Detroit from $95. There are 1 Barons Bus Lines schedules from Indianapolis to Detroit and you can expect on average to pay for a Barons Bus Lines ticket to Detroit. In Indianapolis, Barons Bus Lines departs to Detroit from 350 S Illinois 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 Indianapolis to Detroit takes 5 hours and 5 minutes .

    On weekends, Barons Bus Lines offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Detroit.

  • FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment. On average, FlixBus US operates 2 trips per day from Indianapolis to Detroit, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound performs about 4 bus trips from Indianapolis to Detroit every day, with the average journey taking around 10 hours and 16 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Detroit usually start from $55.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 10 hours and 17 minutes to cover the 386 kilometers from Indianapolis to Detroit. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 5 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Detroit. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, 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.

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Indianapolis to Detroit, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 7 scheduled buses that travel from Indianapolis to Detroit every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. However, only one of these is a direct bus. With direct service, you do not have to transfer onto a different bus at any point during your trip. Direct buses also tend to be significantly faster, which is worth bearing in mind as you compare the available options.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Indianapolis to Detroit; ticket prices start at $80.47.

City Information

Indianapolis

Indianapolis, or often referred to as just Indy, is the capital and largest city in the state of Indiana. While the city attracts thousands of visitors from the area every month, it is during Memorial Day weekend that Indianapolis becomes the place to be for over 300,000 race car fans from all over the globe. The reason for that is the Indianapolis 500, an annual automobile race and the world’s largest single day sporting event, taking place at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

If you’re not in Indianapolis for Memorial Day weekend, you can learn about the race and see a rare collection of 500 Indy race vehicles and memorabilia at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. And while you’re on a history streak, stop by at one of the many war memorials found throughout the city, like the Soldiers and Sailors monument, the World War II memorial, and the Indiana War Memorial where you must check out the Shrine Room for a stunning one-of-a-kind experience.

Over the past few years, Indianapolis has also been cultivating a vibrant restaurant scene, offering classic American dishes made with ingredients from local farmers, and a growing selection of international cuisine. If you’re a beer fan, you will be happy to know that Indianapolis has some of the highest quality breweries in the U.S.

Located in the heart of America’s Midwest, Indianapolis offers easy connections by bus and train to other Midwestern hubs like Chicago, Louisville, and Cincinnati, while the conveniently located airport connects Indy with the rest of the world.

Detroit

Often stigmatized as a dead city, Detroit is making a huge comeback, and it is fast becoming a hidden gem among travelers. Your first stop should be at the Detroit Institute of Art, the city’s foremost cultural destination. Featuring more than 100 galleries with artworks from masters such as Van Gogh or Diego Rivera, the museum offers tourists hours of artistic immersion and enjoyment. For those wishing to learn more about the history of Motown or Black American communities, the city’s Motown Museum and Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will be top-tier destinations. Finally, don’t miss out on the chance to catch a performance at the lavish Fox Theater, a national landmark.

As Detroit is the birthplace of Coney dog, it would be a huge miss if you pass up the chance to try out this masterpiece. One of the locals’ favorite Coney dog establishments is Lafayette Coney Island. Detroit’s craft beer scene is also quite lively, and some famous local brands include Batch Brewing Company and Detroit Beer Co.

The principal bus terminal in the city is on Howard St, where travelers can catch buses run by Greyhound, Indian Trails or Barons Bus. You can also catch Amtrak trains at the train station in New Center, north of downtown Detroit. Detroit is served by Amtrak’s Wolverine line. The city’s main airport is the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, which is located in nearby Romulus.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Indianapolis?

Indianapolis, IN - Indianapolis Union Station (350 S Illinois St) - INDAMT-0

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Main departure station: 350 S Illinois St

Union Station at 350 S Illinois St in Indianapolis is a major train and bus station which serves the Amtrak Cardinal, and bus carriers including Greyhound, Jefferson Lines, Miller Transportation, and Burlington Trailways. The modern station is located directly south of the historic 1888 Union Station, which now houses a hotel, several restaurants, and a wedding venue. Union Station is in the Wholesale District of downtown Indianapolis, within walking distance to eateries and hotels. There is even an underground, climate-controlled walkway from the station to the nearby Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, home to the Indianapolis Colts.

All bus stations in Indianapolis:

  • 350 S Illinois St

  • E Washington St

Where does the bus arrive in Detroit?

Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St - DETGLI-0

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Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St

Located near hip Corktown, the Detroit Greyhound Bus Station is minutes away from local breweries, diverse restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife. Besides Greyhound, many other bus carriers serve this station, including Indian Trails, Barons Bus Lines, Miller Transportation, and Jefferson Lines. For travelers’ convenience, the station offers massive parking lots, clean restrooms, and lockers to rent. The station is a short walk from several local bus stops, and about a 15 minute walk from the closest light rail station to connect to neighborhoods throughout Detroit.

Bus stations in Detroit:

  • Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St

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