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Journey Information

There are 3 intercity buses per day from Detroit to Grand Rapids. Traveling by bus from Detroit to Grand Rapids usually takes around 5 hours and 18 minutes, but the fastest Indian Trails bus can make the trip in 4 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance140 mi (226 km)
Shortest duration4h 55m
Cheapest price$19.00
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceIndian Trails
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Detroit, MI to Grand Rapids, MI

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)




June 7, 2019- Business


Pros: I love road trips. Cons: the wifi. Tips: there’s wall plugs at all the seats, you don’t need a portable battery.

Pros: I love road trips. Cons: the wifi. Tips: there’s wall plugs at all the seats, you don’t need a portable battery.

How much is a bus ticket from Detroit to Grand Rapids?

$21.22 is the average price of a bus ticket from Detroit to Grand Rapids. 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


Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Detroit to Grand Rapids is expected to range from $29 to $36. If you are looking to travel to Grand Rapids within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $31. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $29 and can be found on December 13, 2021.

Monthly average prices

Traveling from Detroit to Grand Rapids 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 $33 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches


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 12 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $11.87 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Detroit to Grand Rapids?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Detroit to Grand Rapids that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Indian Trails usually offers more choice, with 2 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound15h 50m$23.56
Indian Trails25h 3m$34.00
  • 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 1 bus trips from Detroit to Grand Rapids every day, with the average journey taking around 5 hours and 50 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Grand Rapids usually start from $19.

  • Indian Trails

    Indian Trails

    Book Indian Trails from Detroit to Grand Rapids from $34. There are 2 trips per day offered by Indian Trails from Detroit to Grand Rapids and you can expect on average to pay for a Indian Trails ticket to Grand Rapids. In Detroit, Indian Trails departs to Grand Rapids from Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St . In Grand Rapids, Indian Trails arrives at Rapid Central Station - 250 Grandville Ave SW .

    An average trip on Indian Trails from Detroit to Grand Rapids takes 5 hours and 3 minutes , while the fastest available Indian Trails trip will get you to Grand Rapids in 4 hours and 55 minutes .

    On weekends, Indian Trails offers 2 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Grand Rapids.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Detroit to Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids?

The bus takes an average of 5 hours and 18 minutes to cover the 140 miles from Detroit to Grand Rapids. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 55 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?

Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Detroit to Grand Rapids for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

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 Grand Rapids, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus schedules are there most days?

There are 3 scheduled buses that travel from Detroit to Grand Rapids every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 2 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 Detroit to Grand Rapids; ticket prices start at $75.00.

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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Departure 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.

All bus stations in Detroit:

  • Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St

Where does the bus arrive in Grand Rapids?

Arrival stations

All buses from Detroit arrive at one main station in Grand Rapids.

All bus stations in Grand Rapids:

  • Rapid Central Station - 250 Grandville Ave SW

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