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Trip Summary

There are 53 daily trains from Chicago to Detroit. Traveling by train from Chicago to Detroit usually takes around 33 hours and 47 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Wolverine train can make the trip in 5 hours and 37 minutes.

Distance237 mi (381 km)
Fastest train5h 37m
Lowest price£32.30
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago to Detroit

(Based on 14 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Jacqueline

31 October 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: Seats was very comfortable, plenty leg room 👍. Cons: Little bit warmer 😉.

Pros: Seats was very comfortable, plenty leg room 👍. Cons: Little bit warmer 😉.

5.0

Camelia

10 May 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Wolverine

I had my laptop with me, so I watch 2 movies. Restaurant had a good selection including hot food.

I had my laptop with me, so I watch 2 movies. Restaurant had a good selection including hot food.

5.0

Brianna

28 February 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: Good. Cons: Nothing. Tips: None.

Pros: Good. Cons: Nothing. Tips: None.

4.0

Sharon

22 November 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: It was comfortable, the staff was pleasant. Cons: The bathrooms could use more attention and cleaning. Also, boarding in Chicago was ridiculous. People in the terminal could use more direction from staff about how to form an orderly line. Tips: Don’t expect to ar...

Pros: It was comfortable, the staff was pleasant. Cons: The bathrooms could use more attention and cleaning. Also, boarding in Chicago was ridiculous. People in the terminal could use more direction from staff about how to form an orderly line. Tips: Don’t expect to arrive on time, but otherwise a comfortable ride with pleasant staff.

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5.0

Lauren

15 November 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: Kind staff, bathrooms were clean. Cons: Could use more signage and announcements/updates. Tips: Don't be late!!

Pros: Kind staff, bathrooms were clean. Cons: Could use more signage and announcements/updates. Tips: Don't be late!!

Chicago to Detroit Route Map

Chicago Detroit

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

The average price for a train ticket to Detroit is £142.35, Considering the long distance nature of this route, the pricier average ticket price is still a great deal to get from Chicago to Detroit. Wanderu ensures that you find great deals on train tickets everytime, we search all of the best train options to present you the lowest prices available from our partner carriers.

Average prices by travel date

£182£121£61MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Detroit will vary between £126 and £170. Planning a train trip to Detroit within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Chicago over the next 7 days is £126. 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 Chicago to Detroit by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £49 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Detroit in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £123 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

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 27 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Detroit from Chicago will be about £22.28 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Detroit?

2 train services operate from Chicago to Detroit. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 50 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak501d 11h 34m£155.24
Amtrak Wolverine35h 46m£38.19
  • 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 50 Amtrak trains from Chicago to Detroit every day, as well as 32 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £38.

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  • Amtrak Wolverine

    Amtrak Wolverine

    The Amtrak Wolverine provides rail service from Chicago to Pontiac, Michigan, and offers 3 trips per day. Each train features amenities such as a cafe car and onboard WiFi. The average ticket price from Chicago to Detroit on the Wolverine is , but you can find deals for as low as £32.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago 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.

Can you take a train all the way from Chicago to Detroit?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Chicago to Detroit. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to Detroit?

The distance between Chicago and Detroit is approximately 237 miles, or 381 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 33 hours and 47 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 37 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?

Saturday is usually the day when trains are busiest, as many travelers take the train to enjoy the weekend in Detroit. 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, Monday is typically the least busy day for train travel on this route. For a less crowded trip, try to book your train travel for the beginning of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Chicago at 00:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 23:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

How many trains are there each day?

There are 53 scheduled trains on most days. 3 of these are direct connections to Detroit. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

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

City Information

Chicago

Known for its innovative architecture, cultural contributions to jazz and house music, and of course that irresistible deep-dish pizza, the many sights and experiences in Chicago make it one of the best urban vacation destinations for millennials and a top destination in Illinois.

You can't beat the views of the city and Lake Michigan from the SkyDeck in the Willis Tower; at over 1,300 feet, this is the highest observation deck in the U.S. Snap that classic selfie with the Bean in Millennium Park, then wander the many museums in nearby Grant Park. Navy Pier is a popular tourist hotspot for its parks, restaurants, and attractions right on Lake Michigan, and baseball fans will find paradise in Wrigleyville, home to the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field and sports bars galore.

Chicago's enormous parks offer plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities in gorgeous urban settings. Many companies offer kayak rentals or boat tours on the Chicago River, with special tours running on Saint Patrick's Day, when the entire river is dyed green. When you’re ready to buy some souvenirs from your epic trip, hit the big brand stores on the Magnificent Mile, or shop local in neighborhoods like Andersonville and Wicker Park. And don't miss the chance to laugh until you cry at The Second City comedy theater, famous for launching the careers of comedians like Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

Chicago is one of the biggest transportation hubs in the Midwest, and provides easy access to nearby destinations ideal for day trips, as well as international travel from two airports. Thanks to plenty of bus and train stations throughout the city, getting to the Windy City is a breeze.

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 Chicago?

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Departure stations

The Dutch Mill Park & Ride is a parking lot where travelers can catch local Madison Metro buses throughout the city, as well as intercity buses on Amtrak Thruway heading to destinations like Minneapolis, Chicago, and Milwaukee. For those parking before riding, the lot has both daily and overnight parking available for free. Although there is no station building, bus shelters line the bus lanes, and there is easy access to the next-door gas station and Arby’s, where you can grab a bite or hang out indoors before the bus arrives. The Dutch Mill Park & Ride is a few miles outside of downtown Madison, but several convenience stores, restaurants, and hotels are still in the direct vicinity.

All train stations in Chicago:

  • Dutch Mill Park & Ride Lot

  • University of Wisconsin - Gordon Center

  • Van Galder Bus Office

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

  • Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St

  • Union Station

  • Airport - 5601 S 6th St

  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave

  • Union Station

  • 245 Second St

  • 100 N Third St

  • 5885 Horton St

  • 110 Callahan Dr

  • 350 S Illinois St

  • 100 S EK Gaylord Blvd

Where is the train station in Detroit?

11 W Baltimore Ave - DETAMT-0

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Arrival stations

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.

Train stations in Detroit:

  • 11 W Baltimore Ave

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