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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Milwaukee to Detroit. Traveling by train from Milwaukee to Detroit usually takes around 8 hours and 26 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 7 hours and 41 minutes.

Distance252 mi (405 km)
Fastest train7h 41m
Lowest price$81.82
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Milwaukee, WI to Detroit, MI

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

Tumba

September 21, 2019 - Visiting friends

Amtrak

Pros: NO really but from Milwaukee to Chicago I was excellent but from Chicago to Detroit I was very old bus and didn’t attend my seminar on time. Cons: Just regret. Tips: No.

Pros: NO really but from Milwaukee to Chicago I was excellent but from Chicago to Detroit I was very old bus and didn’t attend my seminar on time. Cons: Just regret. Tips: No.

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

In the last month, C$90.80 was the average price of a train ticket from Milwaukee, WI to Detroit, MI. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 9 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$17.85 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$170$113$57AugAug

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Milwaukee to Detroit will vary between C$82 and C$152. Planning a train trip to Detroit within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Milwaukee over the next 7 days is C$82. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Milwaukee to Detroit by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$79 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Milwaukee to Detroit in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$103 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$126$101$76$50$253020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 9 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Detroit from Milwaukee will be about C$17.85 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Milwaukee to Detroit?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Detroit, Michigan. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak18h 26m$100.64
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    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 1 Amtrak trains from Milwaukee to Detroit every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $82.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Milwaukee to Detroit during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the train journey from Milwaukee to Detroit?

The distance between Milwaukee and Detroit is approximately 252 miles, or 405 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 8 hours and 26 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 41 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Milwaukee to Detroit are the most crowded on Sunday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Thursday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Milwaukee at 8:00am and arrives in Detroit around 7 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Milwaukee to Detroit?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. However, it is not a direct train. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you transfer trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Detroit to Milwaukee. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Milwaukee to Detroit for $79.30.

City Information

Milwaukee

Nestling on the banks of the great Lake Michigan, Milwaukee has some of the most scenic views around, making it every photographer’s perfect destination. Boasting 85 miles of scenic waterfront bike lanes, Milwaukee is the perfect spot to ride a bike and enjoy the sunset together with your friends. It is also the home of the Harley Davidson Museum, a vast waterfront gallery that offers 11 permanent exhibitions. The museum features not only bikes but also special items such as a whole engine room, making it a must-visit spot for bike enthusiasts. If you are not interested in bikes, the Basilica of St. Josaphat, which is modeled after St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, offers many wondrous shots.

Milwaukee’s famous German bratwursts are a must-try for all visitors, and the best place to enjoy this dish is Usinger’s. Other similar establishments include Mader’s and Milwaukee Public Market. For authentic American eats, Leon's Frozen Custard Drive-In offers amazing sloppy-joe burgers.

The Milwaukee Intermodal Station is the city’s main transportation hub. Visitors can catch both buses and trains at this location. The city is served by two airports. The Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport on the southern edge of the city handles commercial flights, while the Lawrence J. Timmerman Airport in the northwest handles private flights.

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 Milwaukee?

Departure stations

There are two stations in Milwaukee where you can board the train to Detroit.

Train stations in Milwaukee:

  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave

Where is the train station in Detroit?

Arrival stations

Detroit has one train station.

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