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Journey Information

Chicago to Detroit bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$25.00
Shortest Duration5h 0m
Trips per day9
Bus lines4

Chicago to Detroit Route Map

Chicago Detroit

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 right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Detroit?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $30.27 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to Detroit. Buses from Detroit to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $30.27 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 11 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $16.27 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 7 hours and 40 minutes to cover the 237 miles (381 kilometers) from Chicago, IL to Detroit, MI. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours, The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

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

With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for bus travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Friday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Chicago?

The first bus leaves at 7:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. 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 9 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Detroit every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 3 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 $32.00.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Detroit?

There are 4 bus lines from Chicago, Illinois to Detroit, Michigan. With 7 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
Barons Bus Lines18h 21m$78.00
Greyhound77h 30m$32.95
Miller Transportation113h 15m$38.06
OurBus15h 0m$38.32

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Buses to Detroit leave from multiple locations in Chicago, Illinois. These are the 4 most popular bus stations:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave
  • Canal St btwn W Jackson Blvd and W Van Buren St

Where does the bus arrive in Detroit?

Buses arrive in Detroit at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Detroit, Michigan:

  • Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St
  • 11 W Baltimore Ave
  • VA Med. Center - 225 E Canfield St

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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago, IL to Detroit, MI
Based on 6 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
November 18, 2019Vacation
It was good.
It should be on time. but overall staff was really helpful.
It was really good.

Based on 5 reviews
Users that traveled with Megabus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 60 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
February 21, 2020Business
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!
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.
September 30, 2019Visiting friends
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.
Very good service
June 30, 2019Visiting family
have earbuds in case folks around you talk the entire5 hour trip from8am on!

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