Cheap train tickets from Chicago to Detroit

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Lowest Price$42.50
Fastest5h 4m
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Overall score for Chicago to Detroit
4.6
Based on 7 reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Wolverine report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 71 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.7
Staff
3.6
Value
3.1
Condition
4.1
Lauren
5.0
November 15, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Kind staff, bathrooms were clean.
Cons
Could use more signage and announcements/updates.
Tips
Don't be late!!
Bruno
4.0
November 8, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
It was nice not having to drive to my destination.
Cons
Both coming & going the train was 30 and 45 minutes late, respectively. On time arrival should be a bigger priority.
Vladimir
5.0
September 15, 2019Visiting family
Pros
The train was fast and on time.
Cons
I paid nearly $100 when some people paid $30. There are no seat reservation so I don't understand the price difference.
Tips
Buy you ticket more than a month in advance otherwise you will pay 3x or the same service/seat.
Eunice
5.0
August 31, 2019Visiting family
Pros
How quick everything was.
Cons
By arriving on time
Tips
Just relax enjoy the ride
Monique
4.0
June 16, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
It was a good experience, I enjoyed it.
Cons
A little cleaner, as far as being wiped down. Needs a tad bit of updating, but overall very good.
Tips
No

What train do you take from Chicago to Detroit?

The only train route offering direct service between Chicago and Detroit is the Amtrak Wolverine. Two trains depart each day, with the first train leaving at 7:00 a.m. and the second train leaving at 5:00 p.m. The average price for a ticket is $52.16, and the average travel time is 5 hours and 11 minutes.

Should you take the bus or train from Chicago to Detroit?

The train from Chicago to Detroit is the fastest, most scenic way to get there. Parts of the ride circle the bottom of Lake Michigan, and the average travel time is just 5 hours and 11 minutes. The average travel time on the bus is anywhere from 5 hours and 30 minutes to 8 hours and 40 minutes, depending on which bus you take.

How long is a train ride from Chicago to Michigan?

The fastest an Amtrak train can get to Detroit from Chicago is in 5 hours and 4 minutes. However, it doesn’t take very long from Chicago to cross the Indiana border into Michigan. The closest Amtrak stop once you cross the border is New Buffalo, Michigan, which takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

How much does a train ticket from Chicago to Detroit cost?

Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average train fares from Chicago to Detroit were $55.18.

The best way to find cheap deals on train tickets from Chicago to Detroit is by booking earlier as most train companies increase the price as the departure date approaches. By booking 23 days out, tickets are on average $24.77 cheaper than those that are booked last minute.

How long is the train ride from Chicago to Detroit?

The distance between Chicago and Detroit is approximately 237.17 miles, or 381.59 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 5 hours and 36 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 4 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

What's the best day to take the train from Chicago to Detroit?

If you want to avoid a crowded train, Saturday is the best day to travel as it is the least busy day for trains from Chicago to Detroit.

In contrast, the busiest train day of the week is usually Tuesday. If you are planning to book travel for Tuesday, make sure to book your train tickets well in advance as they may sell out and you may find trains more full than usual.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Detroit?

Typically there are 3 scheduled trains per day. 2 train companies serve the route from Chicago to Detroit.

The best option will depend on the time of your trip, available prices and other factors, but Amtrak Wolverine has the most regularly scheduled departures from Chicago to Detroit, with an average of 2 trips per day and 60 monthly trips.

Of the 3 trips there are 2 trips that are direct connections to Detroit.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Bus tickets from Chicago to Detroit, which start at $13.28.

Here are the 2 train companies that operate from Chicago to Detroit

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from Chicago to Detroit start from $42.50, and on average cost $60.45. Daily there are 1 Amtrak schedules to Detroit. Amtrak in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Detroit trains arrive at 11 W Baltimore Ave,

From Chicago to Detroit train travel on Amtrak takes 6 hours and 55 minutes. If you are looking to get to Detroit faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 4 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Detroit on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak scheduled trip per day, which will cost $80.17 for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
6h 55m
Avg. Price
$60.45

Amtrak Wolverine

Amtrak Wolverine train tickets from Chicago to Detroit start from $42.50, and on average cost $64.70. Daily there are 2 Amtrak Wolverine schedules to Detroit. Amtrak Wolverine in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Detroit trains arrive at 11 W Baltimore Ave,

From Chicago to Detroit train travel on Amtrak Wolverine takes 5 hours and 11 minutes. If you are looking to get to Detroit faster, Amtrak Wolverine offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 4 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Wolverine offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $86.08 for a one-way train ticket to Detroit.

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
5h 11m
Avg. Price
$64.70

Plan your next adventure

There is one train station from which trains depart Chicago on their way to Detroit. For this route, the busiest departing train stations in Chicago are:
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
There is one train station where trains arrive in Detroit from Chicago. These are the busiest arriving stations in Detroit:
  • 11 W Baltimore Ave