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Bus Trip Information: Chicago to Detroit

There are 7 intercity buses per day from Chicago to Detroit. Traveling by bus from Chicago to Detroit usually takes around 6 hours and 46 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 5 hours,

Distance237 mi (381 km)
Shortest duration5h 0m
Cheapest price$25.99
Trips per day3
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines4

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago to Detroit

(Based on 10 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

Jaden

January 2, 2022- Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: That It is was a smooth ride. Cons: that the bus drivers show you respect and don’t give you attitude. Tips: No.

Pros: That It is was a smooth ride. Cons: that the bus drivers show you respect and don’t give you attitude. Tips: No.

5.0

Erich Lei

November 28, 2021- Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: Friendly drivers. Cons: Seat reservations-other passengers did not allow for a seatmate. I paid for two tickets but we only had 1 seat out of courtesy of some passengers. Tips: Arrive and board early.

Pros: Friendly drivers. Cons: Seat reservations-other passengers did not allow for a seatmate. I paid for two tickets but we only had 1 seat out of courtesy of some passengers. Tips: Arrive and board early.

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.

Chicago to Detroit Route Map

Chicago Detroit

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Detroit?

$29.40 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

$45$30$15SepOct

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Chicago to Detroit is expected to range from $32 to $39. If you are looking to travel to Detroit within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $32. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $32 and can be found on September 30, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in February. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $30 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Detroit in September, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $34 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

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 29 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $25.66 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Detroit?

There are 4 bus lines from Chicago to Detroit available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 3 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 Lines17h 22m$57.58
FlixBus US15h 10m$35.04
Greyhound36h 52m$38.72
Miller Transportation210h 36m$41.18
  • Barons Bus Lines

    Barons Bus Lines

    Barons Bus Lines is a ground transportation company that serves various cities across the Midwest. The company follows through on its slogan of "ride like royalty" with a fleet of modern coaches boasting enhanced amenities such as free Wi-Fi, power outlets, ADA accessible steps, and spacious bathrooms. With a reputation for skilled drivers, top-notch safety, and stellar customer service, it's no wonder Barons Bus won the 2022 Wanderu Passengers' Choice Award for #1 Business Travelers' Favorite.

  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment. On average, FlixBus US operates 1 trips per day from Chicago to Detroit, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • 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 3 bus trips from Chicago to Detroit every day, with the average journey taking around 6 hours and 52 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Detroit usually start from $28.

  • 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 10 hours and 36 minutes on Miller Transportation, and ticket prices start at $32.

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.

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 bus 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 bus ride from Chicago to Detroit?

The bus takes an average of 6 hours and 46 minutes to cover the 237 miles from Chicago to Detroit. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours. 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?

Buses departing from Chicago to Detroit tend to have the most passengers on Saturday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Saturday. If you are trying to snag a cheap bus tickets or just want an emptier bus you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Wednesday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Chicago?

The first bus leaves at 7:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. 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 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 $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 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 does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Main departure station: Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

Buses to Detroit leave from 3 stations in Chicago.

All bus stations in Chicago:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

  • Canal St

  • Dan Ryan Bus Station

Where does the bus arrive in Detroit?

Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St - DETGLI-0

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Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St

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.

All bus stations in Detroit:

  • Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St

  • 501 Park Avenue

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