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Detroit - Columbus Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 3 daily train trips between Detroit and Columbus. The average train journey from Detroit to Columbus takes 11 hours and 5 minutes, but some Amtrak train trips are as short as 8 hours and 15 minutes.

Distance310 mi (499 km)
Fastest train8h 15m
Lowest price$87.68
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

What is the price of a train ticket from Detroit to Columbus?

Over the past month, a train ticket between Detroit and Columbus cost $123.63, on average. Booking your trip at least 19 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $51.03 more.

Average prices by travel date

$185$123$62JulJul

For the next 30 days, the cost of a one-way train trip from Detroit to Columbus will range from $99 to $182. If you're planning to travel by train to Columbus in the upcoming week, the cheapest train ticket from Detroit you can find in the next 7 days is $116. Be sure to book your trip in advance as train ticket prices typically increase as your travel date approaches.

Monthly average prices

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Ticket prices for the train from Detroit to Columbus often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in January when the average ticket price is only $114. If you're thinking of traveling from Detroit to Columbus during August, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $186 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in August, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

$171$137$103$68$343020100

Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from Detroit to Columbus. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 19 days before departure, you can save around $51.03. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

Which train should you take from Detroit to Columbus?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Detroit to Columbus. However, there are 3 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak311h 6m$138.52
  • Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 3 Amtrak trains from Detroit to Columbus every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $88.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Detroit and Columbus is approximately 310 miles, or 499 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 11 hours and 5 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 8 hours and 15 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.

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Detroit to Columbus on Sunday. Tickets for Sunday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Saturday. Saturday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

The earliest train departs Detroit at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00am. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Columbus to Detroit.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Detroit?

11 W Baltimore Ave - DETAMT-0

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Main departure station: 11 W Baltimore Ave

Detroit’s Amtrak station connects Motor City with the nation’s rail network via three daily trains on the Amtrak Wolverine, which runs from Chicago to Pontiac, Michigan. Bus service on Miller Transportation also operates from the Amtrak Station on 11 W Baltimore Avenue, and from the adjacent platform, travelers can connect to the QLine streetcar system. The station’s amenities include clean restrooms, vending machines, and onsite customer service staff. Thanks to its location in the New Center neighborhood, the Amtrak station is surrounded by various restaurants and is one block away from the historic landmark, Cadillac Place.

All train stations in Detroit:

  • 11 W Baltimore Ave

Where is the train station in Columbus?

Main arrival station: 359 N Ludington St

Columbus has one train station.

Train stations in Columbus:

  • 359 N Ludington St

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