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Journey Information

There are 5 intercity buses per day from Detroit to Columbus. Traveling by bus from Detroit to Columbus usually takes around 6 hours and 13 minutes, but the fastest Tornado Bus bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 40.2 minutes.

Distance164 mi (264 km)
Shortest duration3h 40m
Cheapest price$30.00
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceBarons Bus Lines
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Detroit, MI to Columbus, OH

(Based on 6 ratings and reviews)

4.3

1.0

Harshitha

August 2, 2019- Visiting friends

Greyhound

Pros: Nothing. Cons: No ac in the bus. No leg space.

Pros: Nothing. Cons: No ac in the bus. No leg space.

How much is a bus ticket from Detroit to Columbus?

The average price for a bus ticket to Columbus is $44.17, If your search turns up options priced lower than $44.17 then you've uncoverred an exceptional deal, don't let it get away. Wanderu ensures that you find great deals on bus tickets everytime, we search all of the best bus options to present you the lowest prices available from our partner carriers.

Average prices by travel date

$60$40$20NovDec

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Detroit to Columbus is expected to range from $44 to $54. If you are looking to travel to Columbus within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $45. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $44 and can be found on December 22, 2021.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in June. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $36 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Detroit to Columbus in January, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $46 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 13 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $13.77 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Detroit to Columbus?

There are 3 bus lines from Detroit to Columbus available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 3 daily trips, Barons Bus Lines 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 Lines36h 10m$50.20
Greyhound26h 17m$48.41
Tornado Bus13h 41m$186.38
  • Barons Bus Lines

    Barons Bus Lines

    Book Barons Bus Lines from Detroit to Columbus from $30. There are 3 trips per day offered by Barons Bus Lines from Detroit to Columbus and you can expect on average to pay for a Barons Bus Lines ticket to Columbus. In Detroit, Barons Bus Lines departs to Columbus from Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St . In Columbus, Barons Bus Lines arrives at Columbus Intl Arpt and 2 other stations.

    An average trip on Barons Bus Lines from Detroit to Columbus takes 6 hours and 10 minutes , while the fastest available Barons Bus Lines trip will get you to Columbus in 3 hours and 40 minutes .

    On weekends, Barons Bus Lines offers 3 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Columbus.

  • 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 2 bus trips from Detroit to Columbus every day, with the average journey taking around 6 hours and 17 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Columbus usually start from $38.

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  • Tornado Bus

    Tornado Bus

    Tornado Bus is a regional bus company that primarily serves the southern United States and Mexico. Founded in 1993, Tornado Bus Company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. For Tornado travel from Detroit to Columbus, Tornado operates 1 scheduled trips per day with prices starting from $186.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Detroit to Columbus 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 Columbus?

The bus takes an average of 6 hours and 13 minutes to cover the 164 miles from Detroit to Columbus. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 40.2 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?

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

On the other hand, Monday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. For a less crowded trip, try to book your bus travel for the beginning of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Detroit?

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Detroit to Columbus, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus schedules are there most days?

There are 5 scheduled buses that travel from Detroit to Columbus 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.

City Information

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.

Columbus

Brimming with life and cultural events, Columbus is the affordable destination of your dreams! Featuring a budding art scene, Columbus attracts art lovers through the exhibitions at the Columbus Museum of Arts where children and adults alike can indulge in thought-provoking artworks. Fans of sports should not miss out on a baseball game at Huntington Park, which offers reasonably-priced tickets; it is also rarely crowded. For those who simply want to stroll about, the German Village offers a quaint and scenic view rarely seen elsewhere.

As the sun goes down, dig deeper into the German heritage of Columbus by enjoying a traditional schnitzel dish at the Schmidt's Restaurant and Sausage Haus. When you are looking for a quick snack, Bodega serves some of the best sandwiches in town, and there are up to 47 varieties of craft beers for you to choose from.

Columbus’ busiest bus station is located on E Town St., and it offers intercity bus trips to Cleveland, Chicago, New York and many other cities. The Columbus Union Station was the first union station ever built, and it’s served by Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited and Capitol Limited train lines. The local airport, the John Glenn Columbus International Airport, is located on the east side of the city, 6 miles east of Downtown. It provides access to 31 other airports.

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

  • 1938 Campbell St

Where does the bus arrive in Columbus?

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Arrival stations

The Bus Terminal at 111 E Town St is Columbus’ hub for intercity bus service on a variety of carriers including Jefferson Lines, Greyhound, Miller Transportation, Barons Bus Lines, and Amtrak Thruway. Conveniently located in downtown Columbus, the station’s area features several parking lots, hotels, and fast food restaurants. The waiting area within the station building includes restrooms, vending machines, and even arcade-style games if you’re prone to boredom while waiting for the bus. From this station, you can travel to destinations including Cincinnati, Chicago, and New York.

All bus stations in Columbus:

  • Bus Terminal - 111 E Town St

  • Ohio State University

  • Columbus Intl Arpt

  • La Plz Tapatia #302

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