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Journey Information

There are 7 intercity buses per day from Chicago to Detroit. Traveling by bus from Chicago to Detroit usually takes around 7 hours and 3 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 10 minutes.

Distance237 mi (381 km)
Shortest duration5h 10m
Cheapest price$19.99
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago, IL to Detroit, MI

(Based on 8 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Shamera

July 25, 2021- Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: I like how the driver was driving and she got me back home quick. Quirkiest I’ve ever gotten home. I loved it. Cons: Nothing, everything was perfect! Tips: No.

Pros: I like how the driver was driving and she got me back home quick. Quirkiest I’ve ever gotten home. I loved it. Cons: Nothing, everything was perfect! Tips: No.

5.0

Natalia

February 21, 2020- Business

Megabus

Pros: The driver was very funny. His name was Ronnie. Give him a raise!!! And we had the same driver next day on our journey back. Same charisma and mood. I totally loved him! Cons: Wifi wasn't working in neither trip. That would have been useful for me that I came fro...

Pros: The driver was very funny. His name was Ronnie. Give him a raise!!! And we had the same driver next day on our journey back. Same charisma and mood. I totally loved him! Cons: Wifi wasn't working in neither trip. That would have been useful for me that I came from abroad and don't have internet here in my cellphone.

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4.0

Ammara

November 18, 2019- Vacation

Greyhound

Pros: It was good. Cons: It should be on time. but overall staff was really helpful. Tips: It was really good.

Pros: It was good. Cons: It should be on time. but overall staff was really helpful. Tips: It was really good.

4.0

Raniswala

September 30, 2019- Visiting friends

Megabus

Pros: I am so happy..and saved my time..lm visiters in America..I don't have Long time to stay here...last few times I use Grayhound bus service..I have only bad experience about Grayhound buses..I appreciate this bus service. Cons: Good. Tips: Very good service.

Pros: I am so happy..and saved my time..lm visiters in America..I don't have Long time to stay here...last few times I use Grayhound bus service..I have only bad experience about Grayhound buses..I appreciate this bus service. Cons: Good. Tips: Very good service.

5.0

Derise

June 30, 2019- Visiting family

Megabus

Cons: n/a. Tips: have earbuds in case folks around you talk the entire5 hour trip from8am on!

Cons: n/a. Tips: have earbuds in case folks around you talk the entire5 hour trip from8am on!

Chicago to Detroit Route Map

Chicago Detroit

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Detroit?

$23.03 is the average price of a bus ticket from Chicago to Detroit. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Chicago to Detroit is expected to range from $27 to $32. If you are looking to travel to Detroit within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $28. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $27 and can be found on October 31, 2021.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Chicago to Detroit by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $31 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 28 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $19.28 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Detroit?

There are 3 bus lines from Chicago to Detroit. With 6 daily trips, Greyhound usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US15h 10m$20.74
Greyhound66h 57m$31.31
Miller Transportation114h 37m$34.77
  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound performs about 6 bus trips from Chicago to Detroit every day, with the average journey taking around 6 hours and 57 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Detroit usually start from $26.

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  • Miller Transportation

    Miller Transportation

    Miller Transportation, through its popular bus service Hoosier Ride, connects a number of cities across six states in the Midwest via intercity bus travel. Miller buses keep you connected throughout your journey with free WiFi and power outlets on board. The carrier is consistently rated well for on-time bus arrivals. The trip from Chicago to Detroit usually lasts 14 hours and 37 minutes on Miller Transportation, and ticket prices start at $30.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many bus carriers go from Chicago to Detroit?

There are about 20 scheduled bus trips per day from Chicago to Detroit, with 4 carriers that operate this route. Out of 20 scheduled bus trips, 10 of them are direct connections to Detroit. Greyhound has the most scheduled bus trips with an average of 12 per day. Other carriers include, Megabus, Miller Transportation and Indian Trails.

How long does it take to get from Chicago to Detroit by bus?

By bus it takes an average of 5 hours from Chicago to Detroit. The cheapest average bus ticket costs about $24.69. By booking early, you can typically save about $11 versus booking the day before your trip.

Is Detroit a good day-trip from Chicago?

Even though the distance between Detroit and Chicago isn’t too far (about 300 miles), an overnight stay or weekend trip to Detroit is probably better than a day-trip. Even if you were to take a bus or train, the ride is about 4.5 hours each way.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to Detroit during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus 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, bus 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 bus 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 bus.

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 bus ride?

The bus takes an average of 7 hours and 3 minutes to cover the 237 miles from Chicago to Detroit. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 10 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus 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, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Chicago?

The first bus leaves at 7:00am and the last bus leaves at 4:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Detroit, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 7 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Detroit every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 4 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Chicago to Detroit; ticket prices start at $40.00.

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.

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 does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Departure stations

Buses to Detroit leave from 3 stations in Chicago.

Bus stations in Chicago:

  • Dan Ryan Bus Station

  • Canal St

Where does the bus arrive in Detroit?

Arrival stations

Located near hip Corktown, the Detroit Greyhound Bus Station is minutes away from local breweries, diverse restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife. Besides Greyhound, many other bus carriers serve this station, including Indian Trails, Barons Bus Lines, Miller Transportation, and Jefferson Lines. For travelers’ convenience, the station offers massive parking lots, clean restrooms, and lockers to rent. The station is a short walk from several local bus stops, and about a 15 minute walk from the closest light rail station to connect to neighborhoods throughout Detroit.

Bus stations in Detroit:

  • 501 Park Avenue

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