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Cheapest price$4.99
Shortest Duration5h 20m
Trips per day28
bus carriers3
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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Detroit to Chicago
4.6
Based on 9 reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 60 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.8
Staff
4.5
Value
4.0
Condition
4.2
Brittney
4.0
October 25, 2019Visiting family
Pros
I GOT A DEAL ON MY ROUND TRIP!
Natalie
5.0
September 27, 2019Visiting family
Pros
I love the late night buses I get to sleep through the night.
Caitlin
3.0
July 12, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Driver. Ability to sleep on bus (rather than driving)
Cons
Cleanliness of bus, specifically near windows. More comfortable seats, could feel like springs and metal through seat
Guilherme Eduardo
5.0
June 20, 2019Business
Pros
non-stop trip
Cons
better seats or better seat options to buy

Based on 2 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.5
Staff
4.0
Value
5.0
Condition
5.0
Aundreana
4.0
October 15, 2019Business
Pros
Quick and efficient. Affordable
Cons
WiFi reliability. Leg space
Tips
Bring a blanket! Temperature was uncomfortable. Leg space was tight.
Sascha
5.0
July 16, 2019Solo travel
Pros
Very relaxed and also the little break
Cons
Switch on the TV s and make the online WiFi work
Tips
Try it

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
3.0
Value
4.0
Condition
4.0
Ricardo
5.0
November 27, 2019Solo travel
Pros
The experience of the driver

What is the cheapest way to get from Detroit to Chicago?

The cheapest way to get from Detroit to Chicago is by bus. Bus tickets start at just $10 and average $26, while train tickets from Detroit to Chicago cost at least $31.

Is it better to take Megabus or Greyhound from Detroit to Chicago?

The Megabus and Greyhound both have their pros and cons when traveling from Detroit to Chicago. Greyhound has 16 trips per day, while Megabus has only 3. Also, on average, Greyhound tends to be almost $5 cheaper, with tickets averaging $24.98. For comparison, Megabus tickets average $29.08.

That said, Megabus typically arrives about an hour faster because it does not need to make as many stops. In addition, Megabus tickets for this route can be found as cheap as $10 if booked in advance.

Can you make a round trip from Detroit to Chicago in one day?

It would be difficult to make a round trip from Detroit to Chicago in one day. The fastest possible duration is 5 hours and 20 minutes, which means a round trip would consist of almost 11 hours of driving time. Megabus offers the fastest average travel time at 5 hours and 38 minutes, but even then it probably makes more sense for you to spend the night in Chicago and return to Detroit the following day.

How much does a bus ticket from Detroit to Chicago cost?

Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average bus fares from Detroit to Chicago were $23.44.

The best way to find cheap bus tickets from Detroit to Chicago is by booking earlier as most bus companies increase the price as the departure date approaches. By booking 27 days out, tickets are on average $8.48 cheaper than those that are booked last minute.

How long is the bus ride from Detroit to Chicago?

The distance between Detroit and Chicago is approximately 237.17 miles, or 381.59 kilometers. The average travel time for a bus between these two cities is around 7 hours and 6 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 20 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most buses 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 bus 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.

What is the busiest time to travel by bus from Detroit to Chicago?

The busiest time of the week for travel from Detroit to Chicago by bus is usually on Monday. When planning to travel around this time, tickets should be booked well in advance as they may sell out and you may find buses more full than usual. Thursday tends to be when the fewest number of bus tickets are sold. If you’re looking for a little extra space, buses departing at this time are the least likely to be crowded.

What bus companies travel from Detroit to Chicago?

On average there are 28 scheduled bus trips per day. Greyhound has the most regularly scheduled departures from Detroit to Chicago, with an average of 19 trips per day and 387 monthly trips. 3 bus carriers serve the route from Detroit to Chicago. Of the 28 trips there are 10 trips that are direct connections to Chicago.

Need more travel options? Train tickets from Detroit to Chicago start at $32.00. To compare all possible modes of travel, check out our guide on how to get from Detroit to Chicago.

3 carriers offer Detroit to Chicago bus trips

Greyhound

Book Greyhound from Detroit to Chicago from $21.00. There are 19 trips per day offered by Greyhound from Detroit to Chicago and you can expect on average to pay $25.67 for a Greyhound ticket to Chicago. In Detroit, Greyhound departs to Chicago from Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St and one other station. In Chicago, Greyhound arrives at Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St and 3 other stations.

An average trip on Greyhound from Detroit to Chicago takes 7 hours and 23 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Chicago in 5 hours and 20 minutes,

On weekends, Greyhound offers 20 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $26.62 for a weekend trip to Chicago.

Restroom
WiFi
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
7h 23m
Avg. Price
$25.67

Megabus

Book Megabus from Detroit to Chicago from $4.99. There are 4 trips per day offered by Megabus from Detroit to Chicago and you can expect on average to pay $25.99 for a Megabus ticket to Chicago. In Detroit, Megabus departs to Chicago from Rosa Parks Transit Ctr - 360 Michigan Ave and one other station. In Chicago, Megabus arrives at W Polk St. btwn S Clinton St and S Canal St,

An average trip on Megabus from Detroit to Chicago takes 5 hours and 38 minutes, while the fastest available Megabus trip will get you to Chicago in 5 hours and 20 minutes,

On weekends, Megabus offers 4 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $28.72 for a weekend trip to Chicago.

Restroom
WiFi
Movies
Power outlet
Green certified
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
5h 38m
Avg. Price
$25.99

Miller Transportation

Book Miller Transportation from Detroit to Chicago from $23.00. There are 5 trips per day offered by Miller Transportation from Detroit to Chicago and you can expect on average to pay $32.23 for a Miller Transportation ticket to Chicago. In Detroit, Miller Transportation departs to Chicago from 11 W Baltimore Ave, In Chicago, Miller Transportation arrives at Dan Ryan Bus Station and one other station.

An average trip on Miller Transportation from Detroit to Chicago takes 10 hours and 29 minutes, while the fastest available Miller Transportation trip will get you to Chicago in 5 hours and 20 minutes,

On weekends, Miller Transportation offers 6 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $31.69 for a weekend trip to Chicago.

Restroom
WiFi
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
10h 29m
Avg. Price
$32.23

Plan your next adventure

There are 4 stations you could depart from, depending on the bus line you travel with. Most bus trips to Chicago will depart from these stations in Detroit:
  • Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St
  • 11 W Baltimore Ave
  • Rosa Parks Transit Ctr - 360 Michigan Ave
  • W Forest Ave Between Cass Ave and Woodward Ave
Buses arrive in Chicago at 5 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Chicago for trips arriving from Detroit:
  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • W Polk St. btwn S Clinton St and S Canal St
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave