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Train Trip Information: Detroit to Chicago

There are 3 daily trains from Detroit to Chicago. Traveling by train from Detroit to Chicago usually takes around 5 hours and 29 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Wolverine train can make the trip in 5 hours and 6 minutes.

Distance237 mi (381 km)
Fastest train5h 6m
Lowest price€40.72
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Wolverine
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Detroit to Chicago

(Based on 18 ratings and reviews)

4.5

5.0

Natalie

6 July 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: I was able to sleep on the train. Tips: Bring a pillow and blanket, snacks, and water. Phone charger, headphones, book etc. (Medicine if you get carsick easily.) I was comfortable in sweatpants and a light jacket.

Pros: I was able to sleep on the train. Tips: Bring a pillow and blanket, snacks, and water. Phone charger, headphones, book etc. (Medicine if you get carsick easily.) I was comfortable in sweatpants and a light jacket.

5.0

Tyrus

13 February 2022- Couples trip

Amtrak Wolverine

Everything

Everything

5.0

Amanda

27 December 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Wolverine

Loved not driving & it taking almost the same amount of time! I would do it again!

Loved not driving & it taking almost the same amount of time! I would do it again!

4.0

patricia

17 November 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: The comfort of the ride and the staff. Cons: Don't know first trip so far so good. Tips: Not at this time.

Pros: The comfort of the ride and the staff. Cons: Don't know first trip so far so good. Tips: Not at this time.

4.0

Jason

29 November 2019

Amtrak Wolverine

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Detroit to Chicago Route Map

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

In the last month, €42.85 was the average price of a train ticket from Detroit to Chicago. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €23.26 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€92€61€31SepOct

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Detroit to Chicago will vary between €41 and €83. Planning a train trip to Chicago within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Detroit over the next 7 days is €41. 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

€76€61€46€31€15ONDJFMAMJJAS

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Detroit to Chicago by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for September. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €45 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Detroit to Chicago in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €58 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

€76€61€46€31€153020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Chicago from Detroit will be about €23.26 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Detroit to Chicago?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Wolverine35h 30m€53.35
  • 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 Detroit to Chicago on the Wolverine is , but you can find deals for as low as €41.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Detroit to Chicago 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Detroit to Chicago?

The distance between Detroit and Chicago is approximately 237 miles, or 381 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 29 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 6 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?

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

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Detroit at 06:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 18:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Detroit to Chicago?

There are 3 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Detroit to Chicago.

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

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.

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 Chicago?

Chicago, IL - Union Station - CHIUST-0

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Main arrival station: Union Station

The historic Chicago Union Station is the United States' third busiest train station and a hub for 15 Amtrak train lines with destinations throughout the country. The station also serves bus carriers like Greyhound, Indian Trails and Jefferson Lines, and offers connections to Metra commuter lines. Union Station is also just a quick walk to the nearest Chicago L lines. The current station was built in 1925, to replace the original one dating back to 1881, and today wows visitors with its impressive facade, massive columns, and opulent Great Hall. Located right in downtown and adjacent to the Chicago Loop, Union Station is equipped with many services and amenities, including phone charging stations, shops, and various food and drink options.

Train stations in Chicago:

  • Union Station

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