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Buses from Detroit to East Lansing

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Journey Information

There are 3 intercity buses per day from Detroit to East Lansing. Traveling by bus from Detroit to East Lansing usually takes around 3 hours and 13 minutes, but the fastest Indian Trails bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 10 minutes.

Distance78 mi (126 km)
Shortest duration3h 10m
Cheapest price$23.00
Trips per day3
Most frequent serviceIndian Trails
Bus lines1

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What bus companies travel from Detroit to East Lansing?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Detroit to East Lansing. Indian Trails connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Indian Trails33h 13m$23.00
  • Indian Trails

    Indian Trails

    Book Indian Trails from Detroit to East Lansing from $23. There are 3 trips per day offered by Indian Trails from Detroit to East Lansing and you can expect on average to pay for a Indian Trails ticket to East Lansing. In Detroit, Indian Trails departs to East Lansing from Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St . In East Lansing, Indian Trails arrives at Train Station - 1240 S Harrison Rd E .

    An average trip on Indian Trails from Detroit to East Lansing takes 3 hours and 13 minutes , while the fastest available Indian Trails trip will get you to East Lansing in 3 hours and 10 minutes .

    On weekends, Indian Trails offers 3 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to East Lansing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Detroit to East Lansing 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 from Detroit to East Lansing?

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 13 minutes to cover the 78 miles from Detroit to East Lansing. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 10 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. 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?

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded buses to East Lansing, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Detroit?

The first bus leaves at 9:00am and the last bus leaves at 12:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Detroit to East Lansing, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus trips to East Lansing are there per day?

There are 3 scheduled buses that travel from Detroit to East Lansing every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Detroit to East Lansing without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Detroit to East Lansing; ticket prices start at $38.50.

City Information


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 Detroit?

Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St - DETGLI-0

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Main departure 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

Where does the bus arrive in East Lansing?

Main arrival station: Train Station - 1240 S Harrison Rd E

All buses from Detroit arrive at one main station in East Lansing.

All bus stations in East Lansing:

  • Train Station - 1240 S Harrison Rd E

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