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Journey Information

There are 10 intercity buses per day from Detroit to Indianapolis. Traveling by bus from Detroit to Indianapolis usually takes around 10 hours and 38 minutes, but the fastest Barons Bus Lines bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance240 mi (386 km)
Shortest duration5h 20m
Cheapest price$50.44
Trips per day1
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Detroit to Indianapolis

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

4.8

4.0

Cynthia

July 9, 2023- Solo travel

Barons Bus Lines

Pros: She kept us informed where we were in what we could do it stop. Cons: nothing. Tips: No.

5.0

Tina

October 16, 2022- Solo travel

Barons Bus Lines

Pros: Bus wasn’t too full. Cons: Would have been informed of stops that needed to be made. Tips: Follow basic instructions and utilize headphones for the passengers won’t feel disrupted.

5.0

Pelklin

October 3, 2022- Business

Barons Bus Lines

Pros: Women drivers. I loved that. Women make good drivers. Cons: Snakes could be given during journey.

5.0

joseph

August 14, 2022- Vacation

Barons Bus Lines

Pros: I did not have to hassle my way through airports, be there two hours early, change planes... Cons: There was signage with several trips listed but not mine. That was confusing. A service worker told me it would not show up there, and to go to gate B. Someone had a luggage tag for her baggage. It wasn't clear as to where to go to get one, and then was a line. Why not just have them on the counter to fill out and take the rider's part off and put the rest on the luggage. Since it was not a packed bus, it didn't seem necessary anyway. Tips: Some of the stops were not open, as it was late. Use the bus facilities while you are stopped, though, as it's much easier when the bus isn't swaying to and fro.

How much is a bus ticket from Detroit to Indianapolis?

$73.05 is the average price of a bus ticket from Detroit to Indianapolis. Any tickets cheaper than $73.05 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

$143$95$48MayJun

Bus tickets from Detroit to Indianapolis are expected to cost between $64 and $134 over the next four weeks. If you're planning a trip to Indianapolis within the next week, you can find the cheapest bus tickets starting from $72. 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
Bus tickets from Detroit to Indianapolis are at their cheapest average price in May. This time of year usually offers the best deals on bus tickets for this route, with ticket prices around $85. On the other hand, traveling on this route during November might cost you a bit more than usual. Bus tickets for November trips cost $115, on average. But no need to stress — booking your bus ticket in advance can help you snag cheaper tickets.

Prices as travel date approaches

$136$109$82$55$273020100

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 $73.19 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Detroit to Indianapolis?

There are 3 bus lines from Detroit to Indianapolis available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 7 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 Lines27h 42m$95.47
FlixBus US210h 8m$117.89
Greyhound710h 54m$96.53
  • Book Barons Bus Lines from Detroit to Indianapolis from $95. There are 2 Barons Bus Lines schedules from Detroit to Indianapolis and you can expect on average to pay for a Barons Bus Lines ticket to Indianapolis. In Detroit, Barons Bus Lines departs to Indianapolis from Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St and no other station. In Indianapolis, Barons Bus Lines arrives at 350 S Illinois St and no other station.

    An average trip on Barons Bus Lines from Detroit to Indianapolis takes 7 hours and 42 minutes , while the fastest available Barons Bus Lines trip will get you to Indianapolis in 5 hours and 20 minutes .

    On weekends, Barons Bus Lines offers 2 trips per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Indianapolis.

  • 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 Detroit to Indianapolis, 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 7 bus trips from Detroit to Indianapolis every day, with the average journey taking around 10 hours and 54 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Indianapolis usually start from $50.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 10 hours and 38 minutes to cover the 386 kilometers from Detroit to Indianapolis. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 20 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.

Because many passengers travel from Detroit to Indianapolis at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.

The first bus leaves at 7:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Detroit to Indianapolis, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 10 scheduled buses that travel from Detroit to Indianapolis 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 Detroit to Indianapolis; ticket prices start at $121.38.

City Information

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.

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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Detroit?

Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St - DETGLI-0

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Main departure 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.

All bus stations in Detroit:

  • Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St

Where does the bus arrive in Indianapolis?

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

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Main arrival 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.

Bus stations in Indianapolis:

  • 350 S Illinois St

  • E Washington St

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