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Journey Information

Detroit to Chicago bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$30.59
Fastest time5h 50m
Trips per day12
Bus lines2
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Price trends for buses from Detroit to Chicago

Average prices by travel date

$80$53$27AugAug

Monthly average prices

$66$53$40$27$13SONDJFMAMJJA

Prices as travel date approaches

$66$53$40$27$133020100

bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Detroit, MI to Chicago, IL
4.6
Based on 9 reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 60 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.8
Staff
4.5
Value
4.0
Condition
4.2
Brittney
4.0
October 25, 2019Visiting family
Pros
I GOT A DEAL ON MY ROUND TRIP!
Natalie
5.0
September 27, 2019Visiting family
Pros
I love the late night buses I get to sleep through the night.
Caitlin
3.0
July 12, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Driver. Ability to sleep on bus (rather than driving)
Cons
Cleanliness of bus, specifically near windows. More comfortable seats, could feel like springs and metal through seat
Guilherme Eduardo
5.0
June 20, 2019Business
Pros
non-stop trip
Cons
better seats or better seat options to buy

Based on 2 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.5
Staff
4.0
Value
5.0
Condition
5.0
Aundreana
4.0
October 15, 2019Business
Pros
Quick and efficient. Affordable
Cons
WiFi reliability. Leg space
Tips
Bring a blanket! Temperature was uncomfortable. Leg space was tight.
Sascha
5.0
July 16, 2019Solo travel
Pros
Very relaxed and also the little break
Cons
Switch on the TV s and make the online WiFi work
Tips
Try it

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
3.0
Value
4.0
Condition
4.0
Ricardo
5.0
November 27, 2019Solo travel
Pros
The experience of the driver

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The cheapest way to get from Detroit to Chicago is by bus. Bus tickets start at just $10 and average $26, while train tickets from Detroit to Chicago cost at least $31.

Is it better to take Megabus or Greyhound from Detroit to Chicago?

The Megabus and Greyhound both have their pros and cons when traveling from Detroit to Chicago. Greyhound has 16 trips per day, while Megabus has only 3. Also, on average, Greyhound tends to be almost $5 cheaper, with tickets averaging $24.98. For comparison, Megabus tickets average $29.08.

That said, Megabus typically arrives about an hour faster because it does not need to make as many stops. In addition, Megabus tickets for this route can be found as cheap as $10 if booked in advance.

Can you make a round trip from Detroit to Chicago in one day?

It would be difficult to make a round trip from Detroit to Chicago in one day. The fastest possible duration is 5 hours and 20 minutes, which means a round trip would consist of almost 11 hours of driving time. Megabus offers the fastest average travel time at 5 hours and 38 minutes, but even then it probably makes more sense for you to spend the night in Chicago and return to Detroit the following day.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Detroit to Chicago right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

How much is a bus ticket from Detroit to Chicago?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $31.58 was the low point for bus fares from Detroit to Chicago. Buses from Chicago to Detroit are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $31.58 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 27 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $37.45 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 9 hours and 38 minutes to cover the 237 miles (381 kilometers) from Detroit, MI to Chicago, IL. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 50 minutes. 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?

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Chicago. 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, Monday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. For a less crowded trip, try to book your bus travel for the beginning of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Detroit?

The first bus leaves at 10:00am and the last bus leaves at 3:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Detroit to Chicago, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 12 scheduled buses that travel from Detroit to Chicago every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 3 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 Detroit to Chicago; ticket prices start at $42.55.

What bus companies travel from Detroit to Chicago?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from Detroit, Michigan to Chicago, Illinois. Of these two services, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 8 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound88h 29m$37.45
Miller Transportation311h 57m$94.66

Where does the bus leave from in Detroit?

Detroit, Michigan has two bus stations with service to Chicago, Illinois:

  • Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St
  • 11 W Baltimore Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Chicago?

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Chicago, Illinois:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station

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