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Detroit-Traverse City Bus Schedule

Journey Information

Detroit to Traverse City bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$46.13
Fastest time7h 50m
Trips per day1
Bus lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Detroit to Traverse City 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 Traverse City?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $47.45 was the low point for bus fares from Detroit to Traverse City. Buses from Traverse City to Detroit are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $47.45 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 17 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $29.63 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 8 hours and 9 minutes to cover the 212 miles (341 kilometers) from Detroit, MI to Traverse City, MI. However, the fastest bus only takes 7 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 Traverse City. 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, Friday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Detroit?

There is usually only one bus per day from Detroit to Traverse City. It leaves the station in Detroit at 12:00pm each day. The time might vary for specific dates, so be sure to search on Wanderu for the most up-to-date information.

How many buses are there each day?

There is usually only one bus per day from Detroit to Traverse City. However, it is not a direct bus, so you will have to get off your original vehicle to change buses during the trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Detroit to Traverse City; ticket prices start at $89.63.

What bus companies travel from Detroit to Traverse City?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from Detroit, Michigan to Traverse City, Michigan. However, each company only runs one bus per day. We've compiled their average prices and journey times for easy comparison:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound113h 5m$56.77
Indian Trails17h 50m$77.38

Where does the bus leave from in Detroit?

Most buses depart from the main station in Detroit, Michigan:

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

Where does the bus arrive in Traverse City?

All buses from Detroit arrive at one main station in Traverse City, Michigan:

  • 107 Hall St

Price trends for buses from Detroit to Traverse City

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Monthly average prices


bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Detroit, MI to Traverse City, MI
Based on 2 ratings and reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Users that traveled with Indian Trails report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
October 19, 2019Visiting family
Not crowded nice crowd/people. A real adventure!
No interior reading lights on the last bus that arrived after dark.
Be patient.

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